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Girl Scout Week

Girl Scout Week is celebrated each March, starting with Girl Scout Sunday and ending with Girl Scout Sabbath on a Saturday, and it always includes the Girl Scout Birthday, March 12. Girl Scout Birthday, March 12, commemorates the day in 1912 when Juliette Gordon Low officially registered the organization's first 18 girl members in Savannah, Georgia.

Check out our blog post on "How to Celebrate National Girl Scout Week!"

Girl Scout Week Activities

This special week is a longstanding tradition dating back to the mid-1900s. A Girl Scout Handbook dated 1940 describes Girl Scout Week as a time when, "Girl Scouts make a special effort to tell the community what they're doing and why they ask for help to carry on their program."

Girl Scouts used to establish seven days of service during Girl Scout week. In honor of those days of service and to celebrate the Girl Scout birthday try out a few service activities each day of Girl Scout Week.

Try a new activity each day during this week:

 

Sunday, March 7

Honor Your Beliefs

Girl Scout Sunday is a special day dedicated to thinking about your beliefs and how they’re reflected in the Girl Scout Law. Think of the things the two have in common and share your thoughts with others.

Reflect upon the Girl Scout Law. Girl Scout Sunday is a special day dedicated to thinking about your beliefs and how they’re reflected in the Girl Scout Law. Think of the things the two have in common and share your thoughts with others.

  • Host a Girl Scout Cookies party or virtual cookie booth after worship. Talk about how Girl Scouts has helped you be a leader in your community. This IS the last day of the cookie program, why not wrap up your program with a beautiful virtual cookie booth and highlight the donation program which helps make the world a better place. 
  • Host a Girl Scout Cookie Break after worship. Bring Girl Scout cookies (and possibly sell some too!), share what goals you achieved with your cookie sale, and talk about the skills you have learned from the Girl Scout Cookie program.
  • Earn your My Promise, My Faith Award Work with your family and faith leaders to earn the pin to celebrate the connection between the Girl Scout Promise and Law and your faith.

>> More ideas, prayers, bulletin inserts, and fliers.

Monday, March 8

Spirit Day is Girl Scout Pride Day

Set a goal to achieve a big objective. Wear your Girl Scout Uniform or Tshirt proudly today to school, to work and out in the community. Yes even if that is via zoom.

Shout it from the roofs. Ask your teacher or work mates if you can make a small presentation about how Girl Scouts has changed your life, taught you new skills or what you’ve been able to do in the community. Also tell them about Saturdays day of service that you will be participating in, maybe even more people would like to participate!

Tuesday, March 9

Camp T-shirt day

Wear your favorite camp gear. Camp registration opens up March 15! Let's get excited and share the love of camp. We will be running a super fun photo stream on our GSSOAZ facebook page where you can post YOUR photos in your camp shirts. 

Tag us: #gssoaz

Wednesday, March 10

Badge Day

Investigate a new badge today. We have so many fun new badges AND badges in a bag available right in our shops. Share a new badge with us on our Facebook - we want to know what you’ve investigated and what you loved about it!

Check our our Badge Explorer! 

Thursday, March 11

Make New Friends But Keep the Old

Talk to new people today. Raise your hand. Stand up against bullying. Seize opportunities to help those in need.  When you’re a leader, you’re confident, responsible, and committed to changing the world.

Check out all of the 'Raising Awesome Girls' posts about sisterhood, friendship and more! 

Friday, March 12

Girl Scout Birthday - Join us at our offices (3pm - 5pm) for a cupcake and some singing. This is a drop in-and-out experience as we celebrate our Girl Scout Birthday together – yet socially distanced!

Girl Scout Jummah 

Girl Scout Jummah celebrates the powerful ties between Girl Scouting and faith and, on this day, Girl Scouts across the country will honor those shared beliefs as they pledge to serve God and others.

  • Do a service project for or with your faith community.
  • Wear your Girl Scout uniform to worship.
  • Host a Girl Scout Cookie Break after worship. Bring Girl Scout cookies (and possibly sell some too!), share what goals you achieved with your cookie sale, and talk about the skills you have learned from the Girl Scout Cookie program.
  • Earn your My Promise, My Faith Award Work with your family and faith leaders to earn the pin to celebrate the connection between the Girl Scout Promise and Law and your faith.
Saturday, March 13

Girl Scout Day of Service – Though we may be socially distanced, that doesn’t stop us from offering our service to the community, neighbors and to one another.

Girl Scout Sabbath 

Besides reflecting on your beliefs and how they’re echoed in the Girl Scout Law, we urge you to take some time this Girl Scout Sabbath to learn something new about someone else’s faith.

  • Wear your Girl Scout uniform to worship or to another faith's worship service.
  • Talk with members of a different faith to learn about how they practice before attending their service. 
  • Earn your My Promise, My Faith Award Work with your family and faith leaders to earn the pin to celebrate the connection between the Girl Scout Promise and Law and your faith.
More Ideas!

Throw a Birthday Party

  • Invite friends to a Birthday Party-themed Troop Meeting.
  • Have a Girl Scout birthday cake and balloons with Girl Scout songs and games to share what Girl Scouts is all about.
  • Have a special rededication ceremony.  

Do an interactive reading of Juliette Gordon Low's life

Bring the story of Juliette to life by preparing an interactive reading about Juliette's life here or find a biography at your local library! Before reading the story, give each girl one item that represents parts of the story. Then animatedly start to read the story.

Pause at the point where an item is represented, and ask the girl who is holding the item to display it to the group.

Items needed:

  • United States map (Juliette was born in Savannah, Georgia)
  • Paintbrush (to illustrate that Juliette loved the arts)
  • Pieces of taffy to hand out (Juliette famously got taffy stuck in her hair)
  • A girl who is the second oldest child in her family (like Juliette)
  • A small plastic bag filled with rice (an accident with rice caused part of Low's deafness)
  • First aid kit (Juliette's first U.S. troop learned first aid)
  • Basketball (her first troop also played basketball)
  • A book and a pencil (to demonstrate when Juliette wrote the Girl Scout handbook)
  • Any other items that the leader feels appropriate, to match the number of girls present.
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National Girl Scout Week patches are currrently on backorder - we will notify members when they come in. 

V. Day of Serv

This patch can be earned by participating in our "Day of Service" on March and showing at the GS shop. 

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The first 85 Girl Scouts to show us that they participated in 4 of the 7 days of National Girl Scout week activities will earn this patch. 

Try out some historical recipes to connect with our Girl Scout past:

 

Original Girl Scout Cookie
The original Girl Scout Cookie recipe from 1922 

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of butter, or substitute
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla
  • 2 cups of flour
  • 2 teaspoons of baking powder

Directions: Cream butter and sugar; add well-beaten eggs, then milk, flavoring, flour, and baking powder. Roll thin and bake in a quick oven. (Sprinkle sugar on top.)

This amount makes six to seven dozen.

Modern-day tips (not part of the original recipe): Refrigerate batter for at least one hour before rolling and cutting cookies. Bake in a quick oven (375°) for approximately 8 to 10 minutes or until the edges begin to brown.

Old Fashioned Doughnuts
Easy, Easy Old fashioned Doughnuts 

Ingredients:

  • 2-4 tubes of can buttermilk or homestyle biscuits
  • Confectioners' sugar
  • Cinnamon
  • Granulated sugar
  • Vegetable oil for frying
  • A candy/oil thermometer (optional, but VERY useful)
  • Tiny round cookie cutter
  • Stainless steel tongs
  • Cookie sheets lightly sprayed with cooking spray
  • Paper towel
  • Plates

Directions: Remove biscuits from tubes and place on sprayed cookie sheet. Using a tiny 1 inch round cookie cutter, (or a clean medicine cup that comes with children's pain reliever) press down in the middle of each biscuit until it cuts through the dough. Remove hole and set aside on a cookie sheet. While preparing doughnuts, heat oil in a fryer or on top of the stove in a large pan until oil is 370 degrees. Place 3 or 4 doughnuts at a time in the oil, watching carefully. When the bottom is golden brown, flip over with the tongs, to fry the other side. Remove doughnuts to a cookie sheet lined with a paper towel. Allow to drain/cool just for one minute or so then drop in the coating. When coated remove to a plate. The "holes" can be done last. Coatings: We used plain confectioners' sugar, and cinnamon mixed with granulated sugar until light brown in color.  

Molasses Drop Cookies
Molasses Drop Cookies 

Ingredients:
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. each ginger
  • Nutmeg and cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1 cup brown sugar packed
  • 1 stick margarine
  • 1 egg

Directions: Mix sugar, margarine and egg. Sift dry ingredients and add to sugar mixture. Form into small balls, dip in sugar and place on greased cookie sheet 2 inches apart. Bake at 350 degrees for about 10 minutes.  

Whoopie Pies
Whoopie Pies

Cookie ingredients:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup cocoa
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 cup hot water
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup hot water
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup vegetable shortening
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg

Frosting ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup vegetable shortening
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 3-4 tbsp milk,

Directions: Heat the over to 350 degrees. In a medium-sized bowl, stir together the flour and the cocoa; set them aside. In a small bowl, dissolve the baking soda in the hot water, then add milk and set aside. In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat the shortening and sugar until fluffy. Add the egg and beat another minute. Mix in half of the dry ingredients, then half of the wet; repeat. Drop batter by heaping teaspoons, about 2 inches apart, on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for 8 minutes. Cool thoroughly.

Make the frosting: Meanwhile, make the frosting. In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream the butter, shortening, vanilla extract, and powdered sugar, beating until fluffy. Add milk, one tablespoon at a time, until the frosting has a creamy consistency. Spoon frosting into a sealable plastic bag, seal and cut one corner off. Put it All Together: Fill the center of two cookies with frosting by simply squeezing the bag. 
Makes 2 dozen.

Sugarless No-Cook Apple Pies
Sugarless No-Cook Apple Dessert

Ingredients:

  • Cooking apples
  • Condensed milk
  • Orange juice
  • Nuts or grated chocolate

Directions: Grate raw cooking apple. Whip together with the condensed milk. Add a little orange juice. Arrange in dishes with nuts or grated chocolate on top.