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  • New Journeys and Badges Focus on STEM and Outdoor Programs


    The 2017-18 Girl Scout year is kicking off with new and exciting things for both girl and volunteers! The new Volunteer Toolkit (VTK) officially launches for Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia on August 14 and will make leading a troop much easier for volunteers. There are also new and exciting program offerings coming for girl members – 4 new Journeys and 23 new badges. Many of the Journeys will focus on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) as well as the outdoors. These new Journeys are adding on to the choices that girls and volunteers already have. Every Journey (whether new or old) is topic-specific, includes hands-on activities and incorporates a Discover, Connect and a Take Action project.

    Here’s a peek at some of the new content from GSUSA:

    STEM JOURNEYS

    Engineering | Think Like an Engineer Girls learn how to think like a designer by participating in hands-on design challenges and completing a Take Action project.
    DEVELOPED IN PARTNERSHIP WITH WGBH/DESIGN SQUAD. DAISY THROUGH JUNIOR, MULTI-LEVEL (K–5)

    Computer Science | Think Like a Programmer Girls participate in interactive computational-thinking activities to learn how programmers solve problems. Girls also complete a Take Action project.
    DEVELOPED IN PARTNERSHIP WITH CODE.ORG. DAISY THROUGH JUNIOR, MULTI-LEVEL (K–5)

    Outdoor STEM | Think Like a Citizen Scientist Girls learn the scientific method by underta...



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  • Girl Scouts Take Over Savannah for Inaugural QuestFest


    Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia welcomed more than 1,000 people to Savannah, Georgia on July 13-16, 2017 to compete in the first ever Girl Scout QuestFest. Teams, which were made up of girls and leaders from 22 states, Puerto Rico and Canada, raced through Savannah’s Historic District to solve clues, complete challenges, carry out random acts of kindness and give back to the community. When participants weren’t Questing, they were enjoying several other events throughout the area.

    Expo on Thursday, July 13:
    Our weekend kicked off with an awesome Expo at the Savannah Civic Center. Vendors and local sponsors came out to help our girls fill their EF Tours Backpacks with lots of swag. Highlights included our QuestFest photo booth, our SWAP table, ice cream from Leopold’s and treats from River Street Sweets. This event was sponsored by Dixie Crystals.

    Twilight at Camp Low on Thursday, July 13 and Friday, July 14:
    Girl Scout Camp Low was packed during QuestFest! In addition to the people that opted to camp on property, we packed hundreds of people on our beautiful island for two nights of swimming, s’mores and bonding.

    Kick Off Ceremony on Friday, July 14:
    We kicked off Questing with a ceremony that included a roll call by state (and country!) and a speech from Eddie DeLoach, Savannah’s Mayor. Participants were then able to log into our app and strategize with their teams.

    Questing on Friday, July 14 and Saturday, J...



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  • GSHG Summer Camps Give G.I.R.L.s Opportunity for Growth


    Session 1: Survivor at Camp Tanglewood in Augusta, GA

    Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia kicked off our 2017 Summer Camp Season with a survivor-themed camp at Camp Tanglewood. Our go-getters put their skills to the test as they tackled land and water challenges including canoe races and obstacle courses. In addition to the games, Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors honed their wilderness survival skills by practicing map and compass skills, building their own shelters and cooking over open fires before heading on an adventurous backcountry camping trip. Counselors In Training II (CIT) showcased leadership by learning to facilitate fire building, knotting and lashings.

    Session 2: STEM-Sational Week at Camp Tanglewood in Augusta, GA

    Planet saving science experiments, hands-on Geology lessons, squishy circuit experiments and robot building made STEM-Sational Week at Camp Tanglewood a big hit. Our innovators enjoyed programing geared toward STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), which encouraged them to look outside of the classroom for learning experiences.

    “Girl Scouts has given me so many opportunities to do things I never thought I would ever be able to do,” explained Jessa Patrick of Troop 12157. “Just last year, my troop went caving with our cookie money. I never expected to be crawling through a cave with a hard hat just like I never expected to be here building a robot that actually works!”

    STEM wasn’t the only...



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  • Girl Scouts Leadership Experience Delivered Directly To Girls Where They Are


    Girl Scouts is well-known as the preeminent leadership development organization for girls, with programs offered from coast to coast and across the globe. A common method for providing services is through Girl Scout troops. What might not be commonly known is that Girl Scout services and programs can also be offered directly to girls, where they are.

    “We take the Girl Scouts Leadership Experience to them,” said Betsy Connell, Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia (GSHG) Girl Leadership program director. “Our goal is to give girls in harder to reach areas the benefits and outcomes of the leadership experience.”

    The Direct Delivery program fills in where there may not be an organized troop presence. GSHG team members serve as troop leaders in terms of coordinating and guiding group activities, ensuring they are aligned to program goals. Focus areas range from bullying, self-image, goal-setting and environmental sustainability, among others.

    The program has been successfully implemented throughout our council thanks to generous contributions from various donors, including the United Way in many counties. Here’s a look at the work that’s been done by service area so far this year:

    Albany
    Although met with the challenges from storms throughout Southwest Georgia this past January, we were able to persevere and bring the Be a Friend First (BFF) programming to 224 girls in Sumter, Colquitt and Dougherty counties so far this year.

    The BFF...



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  • QuestFest Media Tour


    With Girl Scout QuestFest only a couple months away and the registration deadline coming up fast, Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia’s CEO, Sue Else, has been traveling throughout our footprint to talk about the fun of this inaugural event. With almost 1,000 people registered and a rapidly growing sponsorship list, the media is taking notice. Check out the buzz below! Each interview features a Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia scout that will be attending QuestFest in Savannah on July 13-16, 2017. 

    Check out the interviews: 
    WMGT
    WSAV
    WALB
    AJC
    WFXL

    Be sure to check back for new additions! 

  • Maddie & Tae to Headline QuestFest Concert


    Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia (GSHG) is thrilled to announce the addition of country music sensation, Maddie & Tae, as the headlining artists for QuestFest 2017. This live concert event just made an epic weekend of fun adventures and challenges even bigger.

    From July 13-16, Girl Scouts and their families from all over the country will navigate the streets of historic Savannah in a competitive search for adventure. Their playful and educational Quests will immerse them in history, challenge their skills, and introduce them to ideas that will shape their future. Some will focus on experiential learning, some will inspire random acts of kindness and some will be nothing but fun. Did we mention that girls will be competing for cash prizes for their teams and their Girl Scout councils?

    Each participant will also receive a free ticket to the Maddie & Tae concert on Saturday, July 15. The duo won Radio Disney Music Awards in 2016 for Country Favorite Artist and Country Favorite Song. They've been nominated three years in a row for an Academy of Country Music Award. They also won a Country Music Association Award in 2015 for their video "Girl in a Country Song."

    They are the perfect pair to culminate an event that promotes G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk taker and Leader™) experiences.

    “We are so excited to welcome Maddie & Tae to Savannah, and for girls from across the country to see them perform here where Girl Scouting st...



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  • Highest Awards Ceremonies


    Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia (GSHG) honored 17 girls for earning the prestigious Girl Scout Gold Award at formal ceremonies across their footprint on Sunday, May 7. Younger Girl Scouts who earned the Silver or Bronze Award and volunteers who earned council level awards were also honored at the ceremonies. 

    The Gold Award is the highest award that a Girl Scout can earn. It recognizes the work of Senior and Ambassador Girl Scouts, 9th – 12th graders, who have made outstanding accomplishments in the areas of leadership, community service, and personal development. Each girl working toward the Girl Scout Gold Award spends a minimum of 80 hours planning and implementing a leadership project that puts the Girl Scout Promise and Law into action and makes a positive and lasting impact on her community. They all exemplify true G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk taker and Leader)™ experiences.

    Check out our press:  Columbus Ledger Enquirer Augusta Chronicle WALB...



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  • Girl Scout QuestFest Empowers Girls


    Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia's CEO, Sue Else, talks Girl Scout QuestFest in the Local Flavor section of April's Georgia Trend.


  • Gainesville Women of Distinction


    In keeping with tradition, Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia hosted an annual luncheon to honor an outstanding woman in the Gainesville community. This year, we honored Lynda Askew.

    In a quote from WDUN, our CEO, Sue Else, says Lynda is the epitome of showing girls what they can do if they put their mind to it.

    Media Coverage

    WDUN

  • National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend


    Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia celebrated the 100th Anniversary of Girl Scout Selling Cookies in style by hosting culinary contests in the Athens, Augusta, Columbus, Macon and Savannah areas over National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend, February 24-26, 2017.

    Not only did we savor every delicious entry but we enjoyed working with our local restaurant and media partners to promote our unique financial literacy program and the skills that it teaches.

    Selected by combination of people’s choice votes and judges’ scores, the winning restaurants, along with the season’s media coverage, are below. Pictures are located here.  2017 Winners Augusta: Edgar's Grille Macon: Tommy's  Athens: Viva! Argentine Cuisine, Hendershots Coffee Columbus: Steamy's, Central High School Culinary Program Savannah: Savannah Rae's Gourmet Popcorn, Pirate's House Media Coverage WTOC  WSAV ...



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  • QuestFest Certificate Available Now


    Give her the gift of Girl Scout QuestFest, an adventurous experience that she’ll never forget! Before printing your certificate, which is located here, be sure to register online at gsquestfest.org.


  • Girl Scouts Give Back: Hurricane Matthew


    In the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew, several GSHG troops rallied together to tackle projects like cleaning up debris off public walkways, handing out water bottles and even passing out Girl Scout cookies! We’re proud of our scouts for making the world a better place one small act of kindness at a time. Pictured, Troop 30157 passes out boxes of Do-si-dos and Savannah Smiles to Georgia Power linemen working hard to restore power in the Savannah area. From the looks of it, this brought smiles to their faces! 

    Check out the buzz: 

    WTOC #1
    WTOC #2
    WTOC #3


     

  • Dionne Named 2016 National Young Woman of Distinction by Girl Scouts of USA


    Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia announced that Katie Rose Dionne was named by Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) as a 2016 National Young Woman of Distinction, the organization’s most prestigious honor. Dionne is a member of Troop #10800 from Gainesville, GA.

    Annually, GSUSA selects ten National Young Women of Distinction from the thousands of Girl Scout candidates who have earned their Gold Award, the highest achievement in Girl Scouting, as a result of their efforts to transform an idea for change into an actionable plan with measurable, sustainable and far-reaching impact at the local, national and global levels. Approximately five percent of all Girl Scouts earn their Gold Award each year—and just ten girls in this already-high-achieving group receive the National Young Woman of Distinction honor.

    For her Gold Award project, Dionne elected to fight hunger in her community through the creation of the Sow More, Grow More program, which encourages farmers and community members to donate fruits and vegetables to Community Food Bank. The program, which runs during the summer months when children are most vulnerable to hunger, was developed to be easily adaptable to any community.

    Dionne says that inspiration for the program came from finding out that a friend was directly affected by the issue.

    “On Fridays, the cafeteria ladies would usually leave out extra food,” she said. “One day they left sandwiches, and one of my friends grabbed a lot of them. I...



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  • GSHG Presents Highest Awards


    On Sunday, May 2, Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia honored Girl Scout Seniors and Ambassadors that earned the prestigious Girl Scout Gold Award at formal ceremonies across the state. Younger Girl Scouts who earned the Silver or Bronze Award and volunteers who earned council and/or board level awards were also honored at these ceremonies. The Gold Award is the highest award that a Girl Scout can earn. It recognizes the work of Senior and Ambassador Girl Scouts, 9th – 12th graders, who have made outstanding accomplishments in the areas of leadership, community service, and personal development. Each girl working toward the Girl Scout Gold Award spends a minimum of 80 hours planning and implementing a leadership project that puts the Girl Scout Promise and Law into action and makes a positive and lasting impact on her community. The council awarded 36 Gold Awards this year council-wide. Check out some of the great media coverage of these events: WMAZ Macon - Girl Scouts celebrate anniversary of Gold Award WTOC Savannah - Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia hold Highest Awards ceremony WTVM Columbus -...



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  • Help the Gold Award Shine on Capitol Hill


    ACT NOW >> It’s a big day for Girl Scouts in Washington! Girl Scouts’ bipartisan Troop Capitol Hill, an honorary troop made up of all of the female members of the United States Congress, formally introduced a resolution calling on the House and Senate to join the Girl Scout movement and Girl Scouts across the country in celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Girl Scout Gold Award. Throughout 2016, Girl Scouts all over America are “Celebrating 100 Years of Changing the World,” highlighting girls and women who have received their Gold Award, the highest award a Girl Scout can earn, and recognizing a century of girls whose “Take Action” projects have created meaningful, sustainable change in their communities. The resolution was introduced in the Senate by Troop Capitol Hill co-chairs Senators Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), Patty Murray (D-WA), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Susan Collins (R-ME), and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), and in the House by co-chair Susan Brooks (R-IN) and troop member Rosa DeLauro (D-CT). With today’s resolution, Girl Scouts has formally invited the U.S. government to join the celebration! As further background, the Gold A...



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  • GSHG Unveils SHE WILL Campaign


    Like the Girl Scouts that came before us and blazed the trails, it is our turn to chart the way. Using our resources wisely, we will prepare today's girls for tomorrow.  SHE WILL is the new strategic vision for Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia.

    GSHG is taking courageous action to ensure a bright future for our girls. Join the SHE WILL conversation as we honor our past while embracing the future of Girl Scouting.  Because together, we can make a courageous commitment to strenthen our council and continue to provide girls a powerful, life-changing Girl Scout experience.  Starting next week, we will be holding Leadership Chats across the council, and we invite you to join us for the one in your area. 

    Share your vision with us and receive SHE WILL patch.  "We know," says GSHG CEO Sue Else, "SHE WILL do great things!"  For more information on our SHE WILL campaign, visit our special SHE WILL website!

    Questions? Please contact us at SheWill@gshg.org.

  • GSHG Annual Meeting Information


    Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia is pleased to announce that our 2016 Annual Business Meeting is scheduled for Saturday, January 23, 2016, at Camp Martha Johnston (Sweetwater Retreat) in Lizella, Georgia. All members of the organization are welcome to attend. 10:30 am    Registration opens; this will also serve as a volunteer connection/social hour 11:30 am    Lunch 12:30 pm    Annual Meeting begins Cost: $10.00 for each adult attendee (no cost to girl members) Registration: Please register online by Friday, January 15, 2016. Questions?  Please contact meetingrsvp@gshg.org. Please review the following documents prior to the meeting: - 2016 Annual Meeting Call to Action - 2016 Annual Meeting Delegates - 2016 Annal Meeting Agenda -...



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  • Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia Scholarship Application


    Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia is pleased to announce a new $500 scholarship available for graduating seniors who are Girl Scouts in our council. This scholarshipl is to help recognize outstanding Girl Scouts and provide visibility for girls and Girl Scouts in general. All applications must be post-marked and received into a local council office by Feb. 1, 2016. 

  • GSHG's Online Camp Reservation System is Now Live!


    Camp property reservations for 2016 are available beginning October 1, 2015, and now members of Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia can make property reservations online!  Simply visit our Properties page and click on the corresponding camp to make reservations.

    We thank you in advance for your patience as we continue to make enhancements to our online reservations system.  If you encounter any issues, please report them by emailing reservations@gshg.org.

    Non-GSHG individuals wishing to reserve any of our camp properties should continue to make these arrangements by contacting reservations@gshg.org. (This includes church groups, Boy Scout groups, businesses and individuals.)

    Thanks for your support!

  • New and Improved GSHG Website is Now Live!


    Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia is so excited to welcome you to our new website!

    The brand new gshg.org has a fresh, new look, easy-to-navigate design and improved features and functionality. Some of the highlights of the new site include:

    • a mobile-friendly design so it can be easily viewed and navigated on any device;
    • a searchable forms library that will allow you to find forms and files based on category or keyword;
    • an events calendar with advanced search capabilities and a convenient calendar view; 
    • banner ads throughout the site to promote seasonal initiatives, and much more!

    We’re one of nearly 30 councils from across the country that have transitioned to this new national web platform, which features both up-to-date national content from GSUSA, along with important resources and information specific to our council.

    Questions or comments about the new site? Let us know!

  • Announcement: New Council Shop Hours


    This fall, Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia will offer extended hours in the Athens, Augusta, Gainesville, Macon and Savannah shops on Tuesdays for your convenience.  From now through November 3, 2015, these shops will be open from 11:00 am – 7:00 pm every Tuesday. (Shop hours will remain 9:00 am – 5:00 pm on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, and 9:00 am – 12:00 pm on Fridays.)

    Don’t forget: Our online council shop is always open 24/7! 

  • Peach State Presents GSHG with $10,000 Check for Anti-Bullying Program


    Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia and Peach State Health Plan are teaming up to help stamp out bullying across Georgia through the Girl Scout "Be a Friend First" program. Representatives from Peach State Health Plan presented a $10,000 check for the anti-bullying program, on Thursday, July 30.

    “Peach State Health Plan and our parent company, Centene Corporation, are dedicated to raising anti-bullying awareness. We are very proud to partner with the Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia on the Be A Friend First anti-bullying program for middle school girls,” said Debra Peterson-Smith, vice president of operations, Peach State Health Plan.

    Be a Friend First (BFF) is a program geared toward middle school-aged girls that guides them in building healthy relationship skills and facilitates open discussion and anti-bullying role play. Sometimes, when girls stand up for one another, the bullying stops immediately. Like, within 10 seconds! BFF gives girls the tools to feel safe at school, online, and everywhere in between.

    BFF teaches girls to recognize bullying, how to resolve conflicts, boost their confidence, to be a better friend, to have better friends and to find the right words to stop bullying—once and for all.

    “Girl Scout values are based on friendship, individual responsibility and mutual respect. These values leave no room for bullying behavior. Our partnership with Peach State Health Plan will allow us to reach out to more Georgia girls, he...



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  • Longing to be a Girl Scout with Laverne, the Long Dog!


    In episode three of Longing to be a Girl Scout, Laverne goes to summer camp!

  • Girls’ Choice Outdoor Badges are Now Available!


    You voted, and now they’re here! This summer, girls will have the opportunity to earn Outdoor AdventurerHorseback RidingArcheryPaddling and Ultimate Recreation Challenge badges. The Girls’ Choice Outdoor badge materials and guidelines are now available online.

    While girls can begin earning badges this summer, the badges themselves and the physical booklets will be available from the Council shops in the fall. Stay tuned to our website for more information.