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ToGirlScoutsofWesternOhioAParentsGuide DearParentBeingaGirlScouthasneverbeensomuchunanditisaplacethatwillcaptureyourdaughtersimagination.Whetheritstryingnewthingsexploringnaturecreatingapaintingtakingatriplearninganewskillorconductingascienceexperimenttogetherwithriendsgirlsgrowintoresourceulcapableandinnovativeyoungwomen.GirlScoutsdontjustwatchtheworldgoby.Theydiscoverthemselvesconnectwithothersandtakeactiontocreatepositivechangeintheircommunities.Theymaybeyoungbuttheymakebigimpactandthereisgreatnessineverygirl.AsaGirlScoutyourdaughterwillftrightinwithriendswhoplayairgirlswhocollaborateandadultswholistenandsupport.Well-trainedadultvolunteerswillgiveyourdaughterthesupportiveall-girlenvironmentsheneedstofndhervoiceandbeconfdent.Wellintroduceyourdaughtertoinspiringrolemodelsandoeruniqueskill-buildingopportunitiesinasaeenvironment.Researchfndsthatour59millionalumnaearemoresuccessulinschooldevelopedastrongersenseoselandreportgreatersatisactionwithliethantheirpeers.WeappreciateyoursupportoGirlScoutsandarehonoredtohavetheprivilegeohelpingyourdaughterblossomintoherullpotential.SincerelyCEOMessage2RoniLuckenbillGirlScoutsprovidesasitalwayshasthebestopportunitiesorgirlstogettheexperiencesandtoolstheyneedtobesuccessulleadersnowandthroughouttheirlives.TheGirlScoutLeadershipExperienceengagesgirlsinyDiscoveringthemselvesyConnectingwithothersyTakingactiontomaketheworldabetterplace.ThesediscoverieshappenthroughtheGirlScoutprogramwhichisintentionallydesignedtobeyGirl-LedBythegirlsorthegirls.yExperientialLearningbydoing.yCooperativeWorkinginsmallgroupsandteams.GirlScoutLeadershipExperienceWhatGirlScoutsDoWiththeirGirlScoutleadersgirlsteamwithoneanothertoimplementtheirowntroopactivitiesbasedontheirinterests.InadditiontohelpinggirlstakeownershipotheirexperienceGirlScoutleadersensureallactivitiesaregrade-appropriateandbasedontheGirlScoutLeadershipExperienceaswellasontheGirlScoutPromiseandLaw.GirlScoutsearnbadgeshikeandcampparticipateinthecookieprogramandmuchmore.TheyimproveneighborhoodsprotecttheplanetdesignrobotsandparticipateinSTEMactivities.TheGirlScoutLeadershipExperienceorGirlScoutprogramstartsgirlsoonaJourneyotheirchoiceromtheleadershipJourneysseriesseepage4.Theyllearnawardshaveunandtakeonprojectsthatchangetheworld.GirlsthenaddTheGirlsGuidetoGirlScoutingtotheirprogramportolio.TheGirlsGuidealsoseepage4oersgirlsnationalprofciencybadgestraditionsandhistoryanawardslogaswellasotheractivities.Girlscanparticipateromkindergartenthroughhighschoolandbeyond.Thedierentprogramgradelevelscanbeoundonthebackothisdocument. CostTheGirlScoutmembershipeeis15peryear.ThiseepaidtoGirlScoutsotheUSAlinkslocalGirlScoutstothenationalorganizationandprovidesbeneftssuchasprogramresourcesandsupplementalaccidentinsuranceormembers.Mosttroopsalsocollectduesorprogramactivityeestosupporttheiractivities.ParticipationinGirlScoutingshouldnotbeexpensiveorgirlsandtheiramiliessinceGirlScouttroopshavetheopportunitytoearnundsthroughtheGirlScoutCookieProgramandFallProductSaleandthroughothermoney-earningprojects.TroopLeadersLeadersareappointedonayearlybasis.TheyhaveallpassedabackgroundcheckandarerequiredtoollowGirlScoutguidelinesgoverningsaetyprogramactivities.GirlScoutleadersundergocomprehensivetrainingtoenablethemtohelpgirlsexploreawidevarietyoactivitiesinasaecaringenvironment.TroopSupportTherearemanywaysthatadultamilymemberscanbeinvolvedinyourdaughterstroopandmakeanimpactonyourdaughtersGirlScoutexperience.YoucansupportyourdaughtersexperiencebyProvidingtransportationfortripsmustbearegisteredGirlScoutmember.Keepingtrooprecords.Sharingskillssongsandtime.Makingphonecallsoremailing.Creatingatroopnewsletterorsocialmediasite.Youcanalsotakeonabroadertrooprolesuchasvolunteeringtobealeaderassistantleadertrooptreasurercookiemanagerorseriesvolunteersixtoeightsessions.Formoreinormationaboutanyotheserolespleasecontactyourdaughterstroopgroupleader.TherearejustaeweasystepstobecomingaGirlScoutvolunteerCompleteavolunteerapplicationwhichincludesreferencesandabackgroundcheckbygoingtowww.girlscoutsofwesternohio.organdclickingGetInvolvedandthenVolunteerToday.RegisterasamemberoneBizouronlineregistrationprocess.ConnectwithotherGirlScoutvolunteersinyourcommunity.Prepareforyourrolethroughtrainingsonlineorinperson.JoininthefunGirlScouttroopsareorganizedintospecifcgeographicregionscalledserviceunits.Volunteersromserviceunitsprovidesupporttotroopleadersandhelpgirlsorganizelargerevents.OnlineRegistrationTheeBizonlineregistrationenablesyoutopurchasenewGirlScoutmembershipsannualmembershiprenewalsorlietimemembershipsandprogramopportunitiesincludingcamp.Beneftsousingonlineregistrationincludeimmediateregistrationconfrmationaccesstoprogramopportunitiesandsecureprocessingocreditcardinormation.Youalsohavetheabilitytomanageyourwholeamilysrecordswithasingleloginandcanseeregistrationstatusandactivities.PaperregistrationormsmuststillbesubmittedwithcashCookieDoughorJulietteCredits.RegisteringorallprogramopportunitiesoneBizismucheasierAllopportunitiesopenat1201a.m.ontheregistrationday.OpportunitiesordonatingthrougheBizarealsoavailableusingtheDonateNowbuttons.FormoreinormationabouteBizvisitourwebsitecontactyourregionalGirlScoutCenteroremailcustomerservicegirlscoutsowesternohio.org.3InformationYoullWanttoKnow GirlsnowhavethreeseriesoNationalLeadershipJourneystochooseromItsYourWorldChangeItItsYourPlanetLoveItItsYourStoryTellItOneveryLeadershipJourneyeverythinggirlsdowhetheritsperormingscienceexperimentscreatingartprojectscookingsimplemealsorlearningtoprotecttheplanetswatersupplyisaimedatgivingthemthebenetsotheGirlScoutKeystoLeadershipDiscoverConnectandTakeAction.HereshowtheyworkAgirlDiscoversherspecialskillsandtalentsndsthecondencetosetchallenginggoalsorherselandstrivestolivebyhervalues.Thisincludesbeingproudowhereshecameromaswellaswhereshesgoing.AgirlConnectswithotherswhichmeansshelearnshowtoteamupsolveconfictsandhavehealthyrelationships.Theseskillshelpherinschoolrightnowandprepareheroranycareershechoosesintheuture.AgirlTakesActionandmakestheworldabetterplacelearningalotabouthercommunityandtheworldalongtheway.ForallthreeleadershipJourneyseriestheadultguideandthegirlbookhaveeverythingavolunteerneedstohelpinspirethegirlsandtoassistthemastheygo.Itsallthereoryou4GirlsoallgradelevelscannowearntheMyPromiseMyFaithpindevelopedbyGirlScoutsotheUSA.ThispinwhichgirlscanearnonceayearcomplementsexisitingreligiousrecognitionsthatcanbeearnedbyGirlScoutsandallowsallgirlstourtherstrengthentheconnectionbetweentheiraithandGirlScouts.AgirlearnstheMyPromiseMyFaithpinbycareullyexaminingtheGirlScoutLawanddirectlytyingittotenetsoheraith.RequirementsorthispinareincludedinTheGirlsGuidetoGirlScoutingoralllevels.GirlScoutJourneysTheGirlsGuidetoGirlScoutingMyPromiseMyFaithGirlScoutBronzeSilverandGoldAwardsInadditiontotheresourcescreatedortheleadershipJourneysgirlsalsohavetheoptionogainingadditionalskill-buildingopportunitiesthroughTheGirlsGuidetoGirlsScouting.GirlsateverygradelevelhavetheoptionopurchasingtheirownGirlsGuide.Throughunactivitiesgirlscanearnavarietyobadgestobuildtheskillsandgainthecondencetheyllusetochangetheworld.TheGirlsGuidetoGirlScoutingincludesavarietyobadgeoeringshandbooksectionscoveringtraditionsandhistorycookiebadgesanawardslogandmuchmore.TheGirlScoutBronzeSilverandGoldAwardsplayanimportantroleinrecognizinggirlsaccomplishmentsastheyjourneythroughtheGirlScoutLeadershipExperience.Byearningtheseawardsgirlsexperiencelong-termbenetssuchasresumebuildingskillsandscholarshipopportunities.TheBronzeAwardisaleadershipquestorGirlScoutJuniorsgirlsin45grades.TheSilverAwardisaleadershipexplorationorGirlScoutCadettesgirlsin68grades.TheGoldAwardisaleadershipadventureorGirlScoutSeniorsandAmbassadorsgirlsin912grades.TheGirlScoutGoldAwardisthehighestandmostprestigiousawardinGirlScouting. 5TwiceayearGirlScoutshavetheopportunitytolearnlieskillsandearnmoneyortroopactivitiesthroughtheFallProductSaleandGirlScoutCookieProgram.AllGirlScouttroopsgroupsandindependentGirlScoutscanparticipateinthesales.TheGirlScoutFallProductSaleisaamilyandriendssalewheregirlssellnutscandyandmagazinesprimarilytoamilyandriends.Itisagreatwayortroopstoearnstart-upundswhilegivinggirlspracticeingoalsettingcustomerserviceandfnancialliteracy.ThroughtheFallProductSaleandGirlScoutCookieProgramgirlslearnGoalsettingDecisionmakingMoneymanagementPeopleskillsBusinessethicsTheseskillsandactivitiessupporttheGirlScoutLeadershipExperiencebyprovidinggirlsawaytoDiscoverConnectandTakeAction.ByparticipatinginbothproductsalesyouaresupportingyourdaughtersGirlScouttroopyourcommunityorserviceunitandthecouncil.AllmoniesromproductsalesstaywithGirlScoutsoWesternOhioandareusedtoprovidesupporttovolunteersandgirlsincludingTroopearningsromcouncilsponsoredproductsalesexceed2.3million.Thismoneyisvitaltothetrooptopayoreventsprogramsandsupplies.Morethan341000isusedtosubsidizethecostomembershipprogramopportunitiesandcamporgirlswhoseamiliesareexperiencingfnancialconcerns.WithoutthissupportmanygirlswouldnothavetheopportunitytohaveaGirlScoutexperience.Parentsplayanimportantroleinbothsales.WhetheritsmentoringyourdaughterortransportingGirlScoutcookiesyoucanhelpyourdaughterstroopbesuccessul.Justaskyourdaughterstroopleaderhowyoucanhelp.FormoreinormationaboutGirlScoutProductSalesvisitthesewebsiteswww.girlscoutsofwesternohio.orgwww.littlebrownie.comLittleBrownieBakersourGirlScoutCookiebakerorwww.Nutsforknowledge.comTrophyNutourGirlScoutFallProductvendor.FallProductSaleandGirlScoutCookieProgramGirlScoutCampTheBeneftsoaCampExperienceCampisalong-standingGirlScouttraditionandcanbeapowerulexperienceoragirl.Whetheritisorthedayorovernightgettingawayromhomeoutinnaturewithothersteachesinvaluablelessons.Girlslearntoworktogethermakechoicestakeresponsibilitybuildindependenceandsel-relianceandgainconfdence.Allgirlsingradeskindergartenthrough12thcanparticipateinaGirlScoutcampingopportunity.AsgirlsprogressthroughGirlScoutstherearevariousdierentcampingexperiencesweoer.FormoreinormationabouttheupcomingcampingseasonpleasevisitourwebsiteinJanuaryandclickonthesummercampopportinitieslink.CampingOpportunitiesDayCampAthreetofvedaycampusuallythemedorgirlstoattendjustduringtheday.MeandMyGalOneortwonightsorgirlsandtheiravoriteemaleadult.TroopAdventureCampTACOvernighttroopcampingortwoorthreenightswithactivitiesledbycampsta.ResidentCampOvernightcampingorthreenightsoraweekatoneoourcampacilities.OnetwoweekAdventureTravelCampOvernightcampingoroneortwoweeksbeginningatoneoourcampsproceedingtoanadventurelocationandendingbackatoneoourcampsorexperiencedcampers.CampLeadershipOpportunitiesForgirlswhoarereadytogiveothersthecampexperiencetheseareopportunitiessuchascounselor-in-training. 6WhatisFamilyPartnershipTheFamilyPartnershipCampaignprovidesfnancialsupportthatenablesgirlsandadultstoachievethemissionandgoalsotheGirlScoutprogram.FamilyPartnershipCampaigndonationsprovideMembershipsubsidiesorgirlsandadults.AdulttrainingincludingOrientationtotheOrganizationGrade-LeveltrainingCPRFirstAidandBasicCampingcertifcationatreeorreducedcosts.FreeprogramandresourcematerialssuchastheVolunteerEssentialsandProgramOpportunitiesforGirlsandAdults.Subsidiesorresidentcampdaycampsandtroopcamping.GirlandadultcouncilandnationalrecognitionssuchastheGirlScoutGoldAwardandvolunteerAppreciationPin.HowcanImakeaFamilyPartnershipCampaigndonationRegisterWhenyouoryourtrooparepayingannualmembershipduesonlinethrougheBizincludeadonationtoFamilyPartnershipbyclickingontheDonateNowtab.AttendSupportyourserviceunitFamilyPartnershipeventsoractivitieswheretheproceedsaredonatedtoFamilyPartnership.DonateOnlinewithacreditordebitcard.Visitourwebsiteatwww.girlscoutsowesternohio.orgthenclickontheDonateNowtabormailyourchecktoyourregionalGirlScoutCenterandbesuretoputFamilyPartnershipCampaigninthememolineoyourcheck.FamilyPartnershipFinancialFactsGirlScoutsofWesternOhioWhatdoesitcosttokeepagirlinGirlScoutsWeestimatethat300400isspentperindividualGirlScouteveryyear.Thisamountincludesdollarsspentatthecouncilleveltosupplementprogramopportunitiesfnancialaidandotherrelatedexpensesmoneycontributedbyparentstowardactivitiesandmoneyearnedbythetrooptohelpderaycostsoreachgirl.GirlScoutsoWesternOhioprovidesapproximatelya50percentsubsidyorallcouncil-sponsoredprogramactivities.InadditiontothesedirectserviceexpensesGirlScoutsoWesternOhioincursmanyothercostssuchasFinancialassistancetogirlsandtroopsinneedTrainingovolunteersVolunteerscreeningbackgroundchecksCommunicationresourcesincludinge-newslettersthecouncilwebsiteandFacebookpageandthesummeropportunitiesbrochureMaintenanceocamppropertiesandregionalGirlScoutCentersWhatmakesupthecouncilsfundingManypeoplethinktheGirlScoutCookieProgramandFallProductSaleprovidealltheundingthecouncilneeds.Thisisbynomeansthecase.UnitedWaycontributionsprogrameesinvestmentincomegrantsandcontributionssalesosuppliesandothermiscellaneousrevenuearealsoimportanttothebudget.ThecontinuedsupportothosewhobelieveintheGirlScoutmissionPromiseandLawincludingvolunteersandparentsoourgirlmembersisvital.TroopGroupFinancesInGirlScoutstherearefnancialpoliciesandstandardsthatgovernalltroopgroupmonies.Troopsgenerallypayortroopprogram-relateditemssuchasRecognitionitemslikebadgesandawardsTroopmeetingactivitiesfeldtripsandtroopcampingFinancialmanagementisoneothemanyareasoexperientiallearningthatGirlScoutingprovidesorgirls.Byworkingasateamtoplantheiractivitiesanddevelopbudgetsgirlswillgainanunderstandingomoneymanagementaskillthatcanbecarriedintotheiradultlives.TheGirlScoutCookieProgramandFallProductSalealsoprovidegirlswiththeopportunitytobudgettosetgoalsandtogaintheleadershipskillstobecometheentrepreneursotomorrow. FrequentlyAskedQuestionsTellmeaboutGirlScoutsoWesternOhio.GirlScoutsoWesternOhioservesnearly50000girlsina32countyareathroughoutwesternOhioandsoutheasternIndiana.FourteenthousandtrainedvolunteersworktoprovideservicesanddelivertheGirlScoutprogramtogirls.FourregionalGirlScoutCentersarelocatedinToledoLimaDaytonandCincinnatiseebackcoverorcontactinormation.WhyshouldmydaughterjoinGirlScoutsAtGirlScoutsgirlsarealwayscountingdowntothenextadventurewellgoontogether.Maybeitsartistic.Maybeitsanexperiment.Maybeitsgettingoutsideandhelpingthecommunity.WithGirlScoutsgirlswillmakenewriendsandhaveatononewexperiencesthatwillshowthemhowexcitingtheworldisandhowawesometheyareoverandoveragain.HowcanmydaughtergetinvolvedGirlscanbecomeinvolvedinGirlScoutinginavarietyowaysthesearereerredtoastheGirlScoutpathways.PathwaysincludetheollowingTroopsSeriesoprogramactivitieswiththesamegroupogirls.CampDayandresidentcamps.SeriesGirlsparticipateinaseriesoprogramactivitieswiththesamegroupogirlsrelatingtoaspecifcthemeorpurpose.EventsGirlsparticipateinlocalorcouncilwideevents.TravelGirlsplanearnmoneyprepareandparticipateinregionalnationalandinternationaltrips.AreuniormsrequiredinGirlScoutsUniormsarenotrequiredorparticipationinGirlScouting.GirlsareencouragedtowearauniormorvisibilityandtodemonstratetheirGirlScoutspirit.BasicGirlScoutsasheswithinsigniaarepricedat17andup.Additionaluniormpiecesareavailable.SometroopschoosetopurchaseuniormsothersmakegroupT-shirtsstillothersalloweachgirltodecideorherselwhatheruniormwillbe.AgirlisalwayswelcometoparticipateinGirlScoutingwhetherornotshechoosestowearauniorm.HowotenshouldIexpectmydaughterstrooporgrouptomeetHowotenatrooporgroupmeetsdependsonavarietyoactorsincludingtheavailabilityothemeetingplaceandtheschedulesotheleadersandgirls.Usuallygroupsmeetoranhourortworomonceaweektoonceamonth.Manytroopsmeeteveryotherweek.Occasionalactivitiesmayinvolvelongertimecommitmentssuchasfeldtripsandcampouts.IyourdaughterisinaseriesorparticipatesinGirlScoutDuringtheSchoolDayactivitieshergroupwillmeetorsixtoeightweeks.DoesmydaughterhavetoearnbadgesAGirlScoutisnotrequiredtoearnbadgesbutmostgirlsenjoyitBadgesareonewayagirlcandemonstratetheprogressionoskillsshehasattainedinGirlScouting.WherecanIpurchaseGirlScoutapparelbadgesandotherGirlScoutingitemsAllGirlScoutmerchandisecanbepurchasedattheGirlScoutShopslocatedineachoourGirlScoutCentersoronlinethroughourwebsite.Mydaughterhasadisability.WillshebeallowedtojoinGirlScoutsGirlScoutingdoesnotdiscriminateonanybasisincludingdisability.GirlsovaryingabilitiesenjoyparticipatinginGirlScoutingandwehavealonghistoryoadaptingactivitiesorgirlswhohavespecialneedsincludingthosewhohavephysicalormentaldisabilitiesandthosewhoarechronicallyill.DoesGirlScoutshaveaparticularreligiousafliationGirlScoutsdoesnotendorseorpromoteanyparticularphilosophyorreligiousbelie.OurmovementissecularandisoundedonAmericandemocraticprinciplesoneowhichisreedomoreligion.WewelcomeGirlScoutsromdiversebackgrounds.Ihavequestionsaboutmydaughterstroop.WhodoIaskYourfrststepistocommunicatewiththetrooporgroupleader.AskhertosharethegoalsothetroopandhowthesegoalsftintotheGirlScoutLeadershipExperience.Askhertoexplainhowpoliciesandproceduresareputintoplace.TheleaderisagreatresourceoryousheisvolunteeringhertimetoensurethatyourdaughterandtherestothetrooporgroupmembershavetheopportunitytoparticipateinGirlScouting.IyouhaveconcernsthatthetrooporgroupleadercannotaddresspleasecontactyourregionalGirlScoutCenter.HowcanIgetfnancialassistanceTorequestfnancialassistancepleasespeakwithyourdaughtersleaderorcontactyourregionalGirlScoutCenter.Financialassistanceisavailabletoensurethateverygirlisabletoparticipate.Nogirlisdeniedmembershipbecauseoinabilitytopay.7 www.girlscoutsofwesternohio.orgCincinnati4930CornellRoadCincinnatiOhio45242T513489-1025800537-6241F513489-1417Dayton450ShoupMillRoadDaytonOhio45415T937275-7601800233-4845F937275-1147Lima1870W.RobbAve.LimaOhio45805T419225-4085800962-7753F419229-7570Toledo2244CollingwoodBlvd.ToledoOhio43620T419243-8216800860-4516F419245-5357RegionalCentersTheGirlScoutMissionGirlScoutingbuildsgirlsocourageconfdenceandcharacterwhomaketheworldabetterplace.TheCouncilGoalsGirlswillunderstandthemselvesandtheirvalues.Girlswillusetheirknowledgeandskillstoexploretheworld.Girlswillcareaboutinspireandteamwithotherslocallyandglobally.Girlswillacttomaketheworldabetterplace.TheGirlScoutPromiseOnmyhonorIwilltryToserveGodandmycountryTohelppeopleatalltimesAndtolivebytheGirlScoutLaw.TheGirlScoutLawIwilldomybesttobehonestandairriendlyandhelpulconsiderateandcaringcourageousandstrongandresponsibleorwhatIsayanddoandtorespectmyselandothersrespectauthorityuseresourceswiselymaketheworldabetterplaceandbeasistertoeveryGirlScout.ThereisoneGirlScoutprogramtheGirlScoutLeadershipExperiencethatmeetsthedevelopmentaleducationalemotionalandsocialneedsandinterestsogirlsastheygrow.BelowaretheGirlScoutgradelevelsDaisiesGradesK-1Throughsimpleunactivitiesgirlsdiscoverthattheyarespecialandthattheworldoersexcitingchallengesandopportunities.BrowniesGrades2-3Bymakingriendsandexploringnewhorizonsgirlsbegintoexploretheworldaroundthemduringtrooptripsandotherprogramopportunities.JuniorsGrades4-5Throughplanningcarryingoutandevaluatingactivitiesgirlsdevelopskillsindecisionmakingleadershipandresponsibility.CadettesGrades6-8Byurtherdevelopinglieskillsandtheirindividualvaluesgirlsbeginexploringcareerchoicesandreceivereassurancethatthephysiologicalandemotionalchangestheyreexperiencingarecharacteristicsortheiragegroup.SeniorsGrades9-10ByworkingwithyoungerGirlScoutsintroopsorinthecommunitygirlsrefnetheirleadershipskills.Theyalsolearntotakeresponsibilityortheiruturesandbegintorealizethattheyarewellontheirwaytobecomingresponsibleadults.AmbassadorsGrades11-12Usingtheirgrowingindependencegirlsgooutintheworldtoraisetheirvoicesandcreatepositivechangesintheircommunityandbeyond.Despitetheirindependencetheystillrelyonadultstolistenandprovidereassurance.ProgramGradeLevels