In honor of a very big birthday that we are celebrating today, we picked out our 10 favorite Girl Scout moments from the past year! It’s been a busy one, filled with cookie-selling, trip-taking, goal-setting, friend-making, and oh so much more! Let’s take a trip down memory lane, shall we?
1. Operation: Appreciation
Last year, you donated over 16,000 boxes of Girl Scout Cookies to the U.S. Armed Forces through Operation: APPRECIATION! These cookies are a sweet reminder of home to our brave men and women who serve our country.
Explore: 2015’s Girl Scout Cookie Program results.. infographic-style!
2. AMC visit
The nation’s top Girl Scout visited us last winter! Anna Maria Chávez, CEO, Girl Scouts of the USA, took a trip down south to thank us for being one of the first councils in the country to transition to some new customer service software, making it easier for us to serve girls and volunteers. We loved having her visit!
Thank you, thank you, thank you for your passion for the Movement, for your dedication to our mission. This is about YOU. And what you have contributed to girls. On their behalf, I want to thank you for everything you have done, and continue to do for girls. Thanks.
Explore: Check out the video recap!
3. Recognizing our Volunteers
We were happy to award 29 volunteers with national and council-level awards in volunteerism. 14 Volunteer of Excellence pins, 3 Honor pins, 7 Appreciation pins, 1 Heritage Award, and 4 Trefoil Awards.
Explore: Missed it? Here’s a video from the 2015 Annual Meeting.
4. High Awards
We held three All that Glitters ceremonies to honor our Bronze, Silver, and Gold Award recipients. Last year, we had 177 Bronze Award recipients, 90 Silver Award recipients, and 34 Gold Award recipients! Check out videos of the Gold Award girls’ projects!
5. Europe Trip
Three European cities. Two WAGGGS Centres. One amazing tour. GSCSA experienced the best of both worlds as our incredible adventure took us through the bustling streets of London, Paris, and high up into the Swiss Alps. At Our Chalet and Pax Lodge, we arranged for girls to have special pinning ceremonies! The girls loved everything during the trip including a cheese and chocolate fondue party in Switzerland as well as learning to navigate through the Tube in London! Shopping in Paris was also a highlight. GSCSA took 11 girls and 12 adults on this adventure.
Explore: Check out the full album on our Facebook page!
The Wilderness week at Camp Tanasi is the first of its kind in our area. Last year, we introduced 28 girls to the independence and fun of being in a primitive outdoor setting. This year, we are offering Wilderness II, which will be a more immersive experience and a progression for girls that loved the partial wildness of last year….or for adventurous campers that want to camp outside the tent.
Campers are taught Leave No Trace ethics, how to start a fire in a myriad of ways, and have the ease of lounging in a hammock on the lapping shores of Lake Norris after creating your own dinner. This program takes the best of retro skills and partners it with unique hammock camping in a supportive and picturesque environment. Heading into our Wilderness program is like walking down the path of our founding mothers of Girl Scouting, with an eye to the future of our environment and world.
Speaking of camp, our 2015 Resident Camp season was one of the best ever! To see for yourself, check out our S’more Stories – a peek into life at Camp Tanasi!
Explore: Spots are now open for this year’s one-of-a-kind adventures!
7. Medal of Honor awarded
Junior Girl Scout Annalee Simpson of Cleveland, Tenn., received the Medal of Honor for saving her mother’s life last July. Her mother, Jackie, went into anaphylactic shock after being stung by a wasp, and Annalee assessed the situation and quickly got help on the way.
The medal is a national award given to a registered Girl Scout who has saved or attempted to save human life under circumstances that indicate heroism or risk of her own life. These awards are reserved for those Girl Scouts who have performed heroic acts beyond the degree of maturity and training to be expected at their age.
8. Girls of Code event
GSCSA hosted a Girls of Code event, which allowed girls to learn how to build a website and mini-video game. They got a chance to explore what a career in computer science might be like, in a fun, all-girl environment! The instructors present web development as an art – and way for girls to express creativity! We love the confidence that girls gain by participating in a STEM event like this, and hope to have many more like it in the next year!
Explore: Hear how much fun the girls had, from the Girls of Code themselves!
9. We launched GirlsMatter.org!
After months of planning and dreaming, we launched this blog! For nine months, we’ve shared stories and news that we hope helps you as you raise a confident girl. We hope to continue sharing interesting tips and thoughts, as well as more stories of real girls and women to inspire and direct you in the future!
10. Girls Matter! Campaign
Our first-ever social giving campaign! We spent three weeks sharing statistics about our service area and asking people to help us move the needle! Did you know we serve the 8th WORST area in the country for a girl’s well-being?