February Service Unit Meeting Agenda and Program Spotlight: Traditions

(View the PDF version of this agenda: February Service Unit Meeting Agenda)

Council Updates:

  • Volunteer Invite-a-Friend Promotion: This February, invite a friend to start a Girl Scout Daisy, Brownie, or Junior troop!  Recruiters (any existing volunteers) will receive $50 to the National Online Store for recruiting a new volunteer to start a new K–5 troop.  The new volunteer gets new program resources (a Girl’s Guide, a Journey set, and a badge pack) to help make getting started easy.  Recruiters that help start 2 new troops get $100 to the National Online Store! Watch for an email this week from GSUSA with details.
  • Bridging Ceremonies 2014: Unfortunately, there will be no Statewide Bridging Ceremony at the Royal Gorge this year due to the fires last summer. Watch for other regional or local bridging ceremonies. Read more about holding your own troop bridging ceremony: http://www.girlscouts.org/program/basics/traditions/ceremonies/bridging.asp
  • And find bridging award requirements in your Girls Guide to Girl Scouting or online: http://www.girlscouts.org/program/basics/for_volunteers/bridging_awards/


  • Summer camp registration is open, spots still available Take advantage of Early Bird pricing – register and pay by April 30. Use the Find a Camp tool to find the session that’s best for you!
  • Adult Recognitions Formal volunteer recognitions are for currently registered Girl Scouts volunteers who give outstanding service above and beyond their volunteer position description. Any Girl Scout troop, service unit or council, or an individual, such as a parent, can nominate a volunteer for an award. Download the full Girl Scouts of Colorado Adult Recognitions Packet for the most complete information on available awards. Click here for more informal ways to say thank you to your favorite Girl Scout volunteers. Submit the required forms on or before March 31. Submissions are reviewed by a committee of Girl Scouts of Colorado volunteers and staff during the month of April.
  • Cookies: National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend is Feb. 7-8. Join the Colorado party as we show support for Team USA and bling our booths.
    • Reminder – troops who find they have too many cookies may return any variety cookies (full sealed cases only) from their SIO on or before Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014. Check your local cupboard for hours. NO returns will be accepted after this date.
    • Beginning Thursday, Feb. 13, troops may exchange Thin Mints, Samoas and Tagalongs for any variety of cookie. Cupboards will not be allowed to accept Do-si-dos, Savannah Smiles or Trefoils for exchange. Damaged cookies will be replaced at any time during the sale, but damaged cookies must be returned to a cupboard. Troops are encouraged to do troop to troop transfers at any time during the sale to obtain needed cookies and help their sister troops deplete excess inventory.

Statewide Programs and Events:

  • Brownie Valentine Project: http://gscoblog.wordpress.com/2014/01/24/brownie-valentine-project/
  • Springaganza – Join us for our annual leader retreat, April 25-27. Stay for the day, or the weekend at beautiful Tomahawk Ranch. Leader training, enrichments, fun and sisterhood – Springaganza has it all! Registration opens Feb. 26.
  • World Thinking Day: http://gscoblog.wordpress.com/2014/01/27/get-ready-for-world-thinking-day-2014/
  • Travel: March 8 Info Meeting about “Hello London” Summer 2015 and “London to Lucerne” Summer 2016. Watch for details about upcoming trips to one of the World Centers each year, plus Japan in 2016 and Australia/New Zealand in 2017. Email travel@gscolorado.org with questions.
  • GSCO Cookie Contest: Troops – Show us your “Random Acts of Cookie Kindness” Partner with a business or organization that will buy cookies from your girls.  The organization must agree to give their cookies to others as a “Random Act of Cookie Kindness.” This is also a great way for girls to gain confidence and learn leadership skills! Read more about the great prizes for you and the organization you choose: http://gscoblog.wordpress.com/2014/01/31/show-us-your-random-acts-of-cookie-kindness/
    • The entry deadline is March 2 and winners will be chosen March 3.

Adults, Let your voice be heard!

Girl Scouts of Colorado is conducting market research on camp offerings.  The aim of the research is to understand how parents shop for camp and other summer activities for their girls so that we can offer attractive programs, competitively priced. Will you please share your opinion via a 15 minute one-on-one phone call with our researcher, Lisa Wellington? If yes, please reply with your contact details below, and Lisa will organize with you a mutually convenient time for a conversation. Your particular responses will be kept confidential unless you ask otherwise.  Information collected will be shared with GSCO in an aggregated way and will be used as input to a more formal survey of GS membership, girls and adults.

Your name:   Your email address:   Your phone number including area code:

Reply to: LisaWellingtonGS@gmail.com by February 15, 2014

Leaders, let your girls’ voices be heard!

Girl Scouts of Colorado is conducting market research on camp offerings.  The aim of the research is to understand

  1. how families shop for camp and other summer activities for girls,
  2. what themes or topics are particularly interesting to girls today so that we can offer attractive programs, competitively priced

Would your troop be willing to participate in a 60-90 minute group discussion on this topic?  It could be at a regular troop meeting, or we could organize a special date, or even an overnight. You will learn also some things helpful to choosing troop activities in the coming months.  If yes, please reply with your contact details below, and Lisa will organize with you a mutually convenient time for the discussion. Your particular responses will be kept confidential unless you ask otherwise.  Information collected will be shared with GSCO in an aggregated way and will be used as input to a more formal survey of GS membership, girls and adults.

Your name:        Your email address:       Your phone number including area code:

Reply to: LisaWellingtonGS@gmail.com  by February 15, 2014

February Program Spotlight: Girl Scout Traditions

Celebrate Girl Scout Holidays!

  • Juliette Gordon Low’s Birthday, or Founder’s Day, October 31, marks the 1860 birth of Girl Scouts of the USA founder Juliette Low in Savannah, Georgia. Juliette started the organization in 1912. Test your knowledge of the Girl Scouts’ founder with our interactive quiz.
  • World Thinking Day, February 22, celebrates the birthdays of Girl Guides/Girl Scouts founder Robert, Lord Baden-Powell (1857-1941) and World Chief Guide, Olave, Lady Baden-Powell (1889-1977). To learn about this year’s World Thinking Day focus, visit World Thinking Day.
  • 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.
  • 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 Sunday and Girl Scout Sabbath give girls an opportunity to attend their place of worship and be recognized as a Girl Scout. If a place of worship is the group sponsor, girls may perform a service, such as greeting, ushering, or doing a flag ceremony. These days can also be a time when girls explore other faiths.
  • Girl Scout Leader’s Day, April 22, honors all the volunteers who work as leaders and mentors in partnership with girls. Girls, their families, and communities should find a special way to thank their adult Girl Scout volunteers.

Ceremonies in Girl Scouting:

  • Bridging ceremonies mark a girl’s move from one level of Girl Scouting to another.
  • Flag ceremonies can be part of any activity that honors the American flag.
  • A Fly-Up is a bridging ceremony for Girl Scout Brownies bridging to Girl Scout Juniors. Girls receive the Girl Scout pin along with their Brownie wings.
  • A Girl Scout Bronze/Silver/Gold Award ceremony honors Girl Scout who have earned the Girl Scout Bronze, Silver or Gold Award and is usually held at the troop/group level or combined with council recognition.
  • Girl Scouts’ Own is a girl-planned program that allows girls to explore their feelings around a topic, such as friendship or the Girl Scout Promise and Law, using spoken word, favorite songs, poetry, or other expressions. It is never a religious ceremony.
  • Investiture welcomes new members, girls or adults, into the Girl Scout family for the first time. Girls receive their Girl Scout, Girl Scout Brownie, or Girl Scout Daisy pin at this time.
  • Journey ceremonies honor Girl Scouts who have earned the final award along a Journey. The ceremonies are usually held at the troop/group level and invite the girls to develop a themed celebration of their Journey, often including friends and family.
  • Opening ceremonies start the Girl Scout meeting.
  • Pinning ceremonies help celebrate when girls receive grade-level Girl Scout pins.
  • Rededication ceremonies are an opportunity for girls and adults to renew their commitment to the Girl Scout Promise and Law.

Program Tip: Flag Placement Etiquette 

Girl Scouts are a group of citizens that others look to for this knowledge and it is important that we are teaching girls and adults the proper way to honor our flag.

The US flag should be displayed in the most prominent position.  It should be slightly higher than the other flags and should be placed slightly in front of a grouping of flags.  If there are two flags the US flag is on the flag’s right. If there are three flags grouped together it should be the center flag. The following link is an easy visual on flag etiquette: http://www.ushistory.org/betsy/more/displayonly.htm

Other important Girl Scout traditions to make sure all girls know about:

  • Girl Scouts make the Girl Scout sign when they say the Girl Scout Promise. The three fingers represent the three parts of the Promise.
  • The Girl Scout motto is “Be prepared.” In the 1947 Girl Scout Handbook, the motto was explained this way: “A Girl Scout is ready to help out wherever she is needed. Willingness to serve is not enough; you must know how to do the job well, even in an emergency.” The same ideas are true today.
  • The Girl Scout slogan, which has been used since 1912, is “Do a good turn daily.” The slogan is a reminder of the many ways girls can contribute positively to the lives of others.
  • Girl Scouts can greet each other with the Girl Scout handshake, used by Girl Scouts and Girl Guides all over the world. The handshake is made by shaking hands with the left hand and making the Girl Scout sign with the right. The left hand is nearest to the heart and signifies friendship.
  • The friendship circle stands for an unbroken chain of friendship with Girl Scouts and Girl Guides around the world. Everyone stands in a circle, crosses their right arms over their left, and clasps hands with their friends on both sides. Everyone makes a silent wish as a friendship squeeze is passed from hand to hand.
  • Girl Scouts often make small tokens of friendship to exchange with the Girl Scouts they meet when they travel. These little gifts are called SWAPS, which stands for Special Whatchamacallits Affectionately Pinned Somewhere or Shared With A Pal.

About kristincourington

I am the Director of Girl and Community Development for Girl Scouts of Colorado. I work with the Program and Recruitment Specialists to provide support for events, series, community outreach and program support to girls and volunteers around the state. I also provide support for Global Girl Scouting and the Highest Awards. I've been with Girl Scouts of Colorado for over 6 years and loving every minute!
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One Response to February Service Unit Meeting Agenda and Program Spotlight: Traditions

  1. Marilyn Calhoun says:

    Thanks for all the great information pertaining to flag etiquette and all the traditions. These seem to be getting lost nowdays.. Perhaps they need to go out in the other publications as well.

    Great job!

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