Friday, November 10, 2017

Girl Scouts Float at Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade - Second Year

Here we are again, having a float in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade! 
This will be the same float as last year, but it's exciting we get to do it again.

There are also patches and souvenirs to buy. This time it's two patches and a cute ornament.

Every year Macy's makes a snow globe featuring a few floats from the current years parade.
This year has the Girl Scout float! You can purchase it here, and see them below:

GSUSA has posted several blog posts pertaining to the parade:

Looking for more fun things to do? Check these out:

Enjoy the parade!


Edited to add this neat video from the parade (11/23):

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Adult Position Pins

Adult Position Pins showed up in 1968 to replace older types of adult position insignia. Only 1 pin was to be worn between the WAGGGS pin and the membership pin. The exception to the rule was for adults that were also troop leaders, and then the two bars were worn side by side with the yellow (Troop Leader) bar towards the inside.

(Yes, this is my tab!)

Insignia tabs were introduced in 1977 and allowed no more than 2 pins (regardless of which 2) to be worn one above the other in the same location. This has continued to today.

(The history of the pins and their various colors can be seen at the bottom of this post.)

Are you wearing the right Adult Position Pins? In 2011, with the change in the badge program for girls, also came a change in what the colors mean for adults.

Here are the current colors and positions:

Maroon - National Operational Volunteers, National Board Committee Members
Dark Green - National Board of Directors
Deep Blue - National Board of Officers
Dark Gray - Council Presidents
Light Gray - Council Board Members, Board Committee Members
Beige - Staff
Light Blue - Service Team Volunteers, Administrative Volunteers, USAGSO Committee Chairs, Overseas Committee Members, Council Volunteers
Lime Green - Learning Facilitators (Trainers)
Red - Program Volunteers, Event and Camp Pathway Volunteers
Orange - Series and Travel Pathway Volunteers

Yellow - Troop Pathway Volunteers (Troop Leaders and Troop Volunteers)

Here's a quick history of the pins:

Gold - Honorary National President
Blue - Past Honorary President, National President, Past President, National Vice President, Chair of National Executive Committee
Green - National Board of Directors, Regional Chairman
Maroon - Regional Committee Members
Dark Gray - Council President
Light Gray - Council Vice President
Yellow - Leader and Assistant Leader

        Added in 1973:
Red - Council Volunteer Serving Troops
        Added in 1978:
Chartreuse - Trainers
        Added in 1983:
Light Blue - Other Volunteers
Beige - Staff
        Added in 1985:
Maroon - National Volunteers in Regions and on National Committees
        Added in 1993:
Navy, Green, Blue (Striped) - Board Alumni

Now with the changes, I do not know if they still have position pins for the Honorary National President or the striped one for Board Alumni.

I currently wear Lime Green as a Learning Facilitator (Trainer) and Red since I work so much with Camps.
Which colors do you get to wear?


Saturday, December 17, 2016

Council's Own Patches

UPDATED! (12/17/2016)
It seems that most all of the links were broken thanks to councils moving their pages around so I have gone back through them all to double check and fix.

(Originally posted: 11/04/2013)
In my searches on the web I've come across a few not so well maintained lists of council owned patches.  This sparked my interest and started a council-by-council search for these special patches. Although it's taken me a few weeks, I believe this list was well worth the trouble and I am now able to put it up on here for you all to enjoy!  If you know of any patches I have missed or if you find any broken links, feel free to email me or leave a comment below.

Remember, you are not limited to earning only the patches from your home council.

I am listing all councils, and those that have patches are linked.


(Last Update 4/5/2018)

Monday, November 21, 2016

Girl Scouts Float at Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

How exciting for our organization to be a part of the 90th anniversary of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade! I remember watching it a lot growing up when I wasn't helping to cook, and it was a great watch before all the football, naps, and cleanup the rest of the day.

Girl Scouts has created an awesome float, and along with it, some awesome stuff you can buy to remember this great occasion. This includes a patch, magnet, and a mug.
The patch itself is quite large. It's 3" x 3" and can take up some valuable area on a vest or sash. Are you wanting your girls to actually do something to 'earn' or at least help them remember the patch? Here is a printable sheet of UNOFFICIAL requirements. It's great for all ages and can be done at home with the family, and brought back to the next troop meeting. (PDF version here)

Want to see an early look at the float? Here is a behind-the-scenes look:

The Girl Scout float was also featured on the Today Show!

A lot of Girl Scouts and their leaders had questions about the float which
GSUSA answered on their blog.

Want some more fun? Here are many things you can do to
celebrate this occasion:

  • Visit the Macy's website to check out who's going to be in the parade and watch some fun videos.
  • Fill out the activity sheet (shown above).
  • Watch the Macy's Parade from 1935. Check out those differences!
  • Watch this video to find out how they make those giant balloons.
  • When you see the float in the parade, share on Instagram or Twitter with #GirlScoutsGiveBack
  • GSUSA has a few more things you can do over on their blog.
  • How about doing this coloring page of the float? Here's mine:

Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Ode to the Childless Leader

I always get odd looks whenever someone in Girl Scouting asks me 'How old is your daughter?' and I tell them, I don't have any children of my own.

Girl Scouting is what I've always been, and what I am, and will always be! Children or no children, I will always be a part of Girl Scouting!

Ode to the Childless Leader:

Tune: Battle Hymn of the Republic

I've always been a Girl Scout
From the time that I was young.
I remember very fondly
All the camping, crafts, & fun.
I thought the work was over
When my Gold Award was done,
But I'd only just begun!

Glory, glory I'm a leader!
A crazy, project planning leader.
I don't even have a daughter,
But now I have ten girls!

I went away to college
And I thought it awfully smart
Just taking on a small troop,
Meeting once a week to start.
Soon my major classwork
Took the form of Girl Scout crafts!
At least my teachers laughed!


The parents think I'm wonderful
Because I spend my days
Helping their girls learn & grow
In Girl Scout laws & ways.
They take for granted that I've time
Since I've no child at home,
But I wouldn't have time for my own!

Glory, Glory I'm a leader!
A proud, exhausted, childless leader!
I don't even have a daughter,
But I've raised some darn fine girls!

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Embers: Camp Chain

Lesson: Self discovery.
Need: Strips of paper (colored is best), markers
Prep: None.
Directions: At the end of each day, have each camper take a strip of paper and write their name and something that they gained at camp that day (patience, a friend, knowledge, etc.). Use the strips to create a chain in the cabin (or local unit area). The campers also get to leave a bit of themselves behind after each week (and can see what other campers gained that came before them).


Want a printable version of all embers ideas I've featured on my blog? Click here to see and print!