"Take Action" Council Community Service Project
Summer of Service
June 1, 2014 – July 30, 2014
Service is a key component to the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, and summer is the perfect time to lend a hand. Unlike "Take Action" projects that are built on sustainability, these service opportunities can be one-time projects that happen at your local nursing home, school yard, community garden, library ready program, vacation bible school and at Girl Scout camp! Service work can be as varied as a one-time cleanup of a camp path or walkway or by volunteering with the Humane Society on a regular basis for two months.
The impact on our camps and communities is so amazing each year through "Summer of Service" - we can’t wait to hear the stories from this summer!
Girl Scout Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors who complete 20 hours or more of service will be eligible for either the Community Service Bar or Service to Girl Scouting Bar, depending on what type of service they did. To order the Service Bar, fill out the participation form (located at www.gsofsi.org). Indicate the girls would like to receive the Service Bar, and mail it with a check for $3 per bar.
To participate, you must submit a participation form and National Leadership Awards form no later than August 15, 2014 to:
#4 Ginger Creek Pkwy.
Glen Carbon, IL 62034
A special patch will also be available. To order the patch, fill out the patch information on the participation form and mail it with a check for $2.00 per patch. All patches will be given out at upcoming Service Unit Meetings and will go to the troop leaders. Please also forward any photos of your troop participating for our council website. Please put your troop number on the back of the photo or e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. All participating troops will be acknowledged in upcoming Links to Leaders.
GSSI has several exciting Patch Programs for girls to participate in. To see all available Patch Programs, as well as requirements for each, check out our Forms & Library section.
Program Resource Kits have undergone a major makeover to include the new badge materials and Journeys! Each kit is now available in both the Glen Carbon Service Center and the Mt Vernon Service Center.
Troops or individual girls can check out the resource kits to help complete a badge, as a rainy day activity when at camp, or as a service project to work with a younger troop or school group. If needed, kits can be aligned to State Standards.
Kits include almost everything you need to conduct the program– there are a few items that you will need to provide for your troop, and they are listed on the front page of each kit guide. Although some kits are created with one age level in mind, if your troop is interested in a subject that is in another age level, go ahead and check it out – the girls will still have a lot of fun!
Available Resource Kits
How to check out a kit:
It is strongly recommended that you call or email Emily Stanley, Program Manager STEM to see if the kit you would like is available. If possible, the kits can be delivered to you in a service unit meeting. Kits require a $20 deposit and a $5 fee. The deposit is refunded upon kit return and return of the pre and post evaluations (included in kit). Simply fill out the kit reservation form and send it or bring it in with your deposit and fee (separate checks). Kits are available for 2 week checkout windows. Check out time can be extended with notice.
Make Your Own Badge
Not finding the badge or patch you want? No problem! Girl Scout Brownies, Juniors, Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors can earn a Make Your Own badge once a year (September to September)! Just choose an idea or topic that interests you, write the five steps (requirements) for learning skills, and complete the steps. Then, have fun designing a badge that is uniquely yours! Once designed and ordered, you will a Girl Scout badge that can be worn on the front of your uniform that is truly your own!
To find out more about “Make Your Own” Badges, please check out GSUSA’s website.