New Journeys and badges are here! Journeys for older girls and badges for all ages hit the VTK last week, and here's the rundown of what you need to know.Read More
Stacie interviews Erin Berry, who shares her experience leading girls in the new STEM Journeys. As a Girl Scout volunteer and Aerospace Engineer, she’s delivery her top 10 tips for working with girls on STEM badges and Journeys.Read More
Friends! It’s been awhile since we chatted. Let’s get all caught up on everything that’s been going on, and then we’ll jump back into regular episodes VERY SOON! Let’s talk about new badges & Journeys coming in July, events here in the mountains of the Carolinas, what’s going on with VTK, and more.Read More
Stacie interviews Melissa Pepe, who shares her top tips for a successful Gold Award project.Read More
World Thinking Day is a special Girl Scout day, which takes place on February 22 each year. I wanted to share with you 5 things you may or may not know about World Thinking Day, so you can start planning ahead for 2019.Read More
Stacie interviews Jen Roman, Fire Captain at City of Madison, WI Fire Department and teaches EMS and Fire classes at Madison College. She's also the founder of Camp Hero, inspiring girls and women to pursue careers in the protective services.Read More
Update from GSUSA's STEM Program team:
UPDATE ON GOLDIEBLOX KITS AND MECHANICAL ENGINEERING BADGES
What is the availability of GoldieBlox kits?
Last year, GSUSA partnered with GoldieBlox to offer specially priced kits that troops could use to earn their Mechanical Engineering badges. Due to supply chain limitations, GSM can no longer order the kits at the special $99 Girl Scout price. Here is the current inventory status:
- Daisy kits – Out of stock. No more kits can be ordered. There are 137 backorders on kits that will not be satisfied. You will be notified by email if your order is cancelled.
- Brownie kits – GSM has a limited number of kits in stock. Orders will be processed on a first come, first served basis. Once the remaining kits have been sold, no more kits can be ordered.
- GSM will post an FAQ on the e-commerce site to inform customers of the inventory status.
How will girls earn their Mechanical Engineering badges if they don’t have GoldieBlox kits?
- GSUSA is creating "unplugged" or “DIY” Mechanical Engineering badge requirements for Daisies, Brownies and Juniors. (“Unplugged” or “DIY” means that the activities can be done with common household objects rather than a special kit.)
- Daisies and Brownies will have two options for earning their Mechanical Engineering badges:
- They can use the unplugged/DIY version.
- They can use GoldieBlox kits if they have them.
- Juniors will use the unplugged/DIY badge requirements only. There are no GoldieBlox kits for Juniors.
How can volunteers and girls get the new DIY requirements?
- PDFs of the new DIY requirements will be posted on the VTK and the Brand Center by 1/31/18.
- The PDFs will also be posted on the GSM e-commerce site for free download from 1/31/18 -6/30/18. After that time, the fully designed badge booklets will be available for sale as either a downloadable or printed booklet.
How can volunteers get the current GoldieBlox requirements?
- Troop leaders who have GoldieBlox kits can find the current GoldieBlox badge requirements on the VTK.
- The current GoldieBlox badge requirements are also posted on the Brand Center. Councils can share those with any volunteers who don’t have access to the VTK.
- The current GoldieBlox badge requirements and physical badges are not included in the GoldieBlox kits.
What about the physical badges?
- The physical badges will remain the same for Daisies and Brownies.
- Juniors will have three new badges, which will be available by Back to Troop 2018.
And a final note...
We’re grateful to GoldieBlox for their collaboration and for their diligent efforts to find a solution to the inventory issue. As engineers say: Let’s try something new. We will either succeed or we will learn something. We succeeded in creating new STEM badges that are fun for girls to earn and easy for volunteers to facilitate. We learned a great deal about meeting demand for program-related products. We’ll use that knowledge as we continue to test new ways to give girls a great STEM experience.
Thank you for your patience and understanding. If you have questions, please contact:
- GoldieBlox kit orders: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Program: STEM@girlscouts.org
Get this info in a printable PDF. Click here.
We're counting down to G.I.R.L. 2017 this week in Columbus, Ohio! My husband, Cory, and I are sharing our top sessions picks and a couple local attractions to check out, how to navigate the convention app, where/how to find us, and so much more. We'll see you there!Read More
Learn about the tradition of the campfire ashes ceremony and get access to a downloadable ceremony script. Plus lots of announcements and catching up: hurricane relief, G.I.R.L. 2017, and Adventure Camp Overnight.Read More
As we learn of ways to support Girl Scouts affected by recent hurricanes in Texas and Florida, we will post resources here:
- Make an immediate contribution to GSUSA to support the Disaster Relief Fund. http://www.girlscouts.org/en/adults/donate/disaster-relief.html This fund will provide support to councils that have been affected by hurricanes recently. GSUSA has lifted the fundraising ban for girls as well, so please consider having girls ask for donations during the fall sale or come up with creative ideas on your own!
- Troop leaders: Get your girls involved and help them make a difference in the life of a sister Girl Scout! Print and decorate a Trefoil with a special note of encouragement and mail it along with a donation check to: Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council, Attn: Development - Help for Harvey, 3110 Southwest Fwy., Houston, TX 77098
- Fulfill specific wish list items of girls, service unit communities, camp properties, etc. at San Jacinto Council and promote the Troop to Troop page at http://www.gssjc.org/en/our-council/Hurricane-Relief.html. Right now there are not very many choices as the council is still working with volunteers to promote the idea and assess needs.
- Find information about the status of Girl Scouts of Tropical Florida's camps here: http://www.girlscoutsfl.org/en/support-us/donate/hurricaneirma.html. How can you help Girl Scouts of Tropical Florida recover from Hurricane Irma? We have been asked by friends inside and outside Girl Scouting across the country how they can help. Donate to our TRI (Tropical Rebuilding from Irma) Fund. Studies show that girls today are not spending nearly enough time outdoors. Technology and structured activities leave less time for girls to get outside and enjoy nature. Help us rebuild our camps so girls will have plenty of opportunities to create their own outdoor adventures.
- Hurricane Irma devastated Girl Scouts of Gateway Council’s camp properties North Fork Leadership Center and Camp Kateri. The extent of the damage varies from severe flooding in camp buildings, damaged equipment, downed trees, and structural damage rendering a majority of these properties unusable. The girls and volunteers of Girl Scouts of Gateway Council depend on these properties to provide quality time outdoors for educational programs, troop activities, and trainings. To donate or for more information, click here. More info on relief efforts from the council here.
- Support Girl Scouts of Caribe Council (Puerto Rico). Although they have not publicized specific needs yet, you can find an address for where to send financial donations here.