The beginning of March means a lot of things—spring is (hopefully) right around the corner, we’re about halfway through cookie season—and Girl Scout Week is almost here!
Girl Scout Week always includes the Girl Scout birthday—March 12—which is the day in 1912 when Juliette Gordon Low officially registered the organization’s first 18 girl members in Savannah, Georgia. Girl Scout Week goes from Sunday–Saturday, and always includes Girl Scout Sunday, Girl Scout Sabbath, and Girl Scouts’ birthday.
Girl Scout Week is a time for Girl Scouts all over the U.S. to celebrate Girl Scouting—past, present, and future! Here are some fun ways your troop can celebrate Girl Scout Week and what it means to be a Girl Scout.
- Throw a birthday party for Girl Scouts at your next troop meeting! You could take some traditional party games and make them Girl Scout-themed (pin the sash on the Girl Scout anyone?) or combine one or more of the activities below with your celebration.
- Learn more about the history of Girl Scouts. Invite an adult who was a Girl Scout when she was younger to come talk to your troop about her experience in Girl Scouts or check out this Moment in Girl Scout History video series to learn more about what girls did in the early days of Girl Scouting.
- Work on earning the Girl Scout Way badge for your program grade level (Brownie through Ambassador), which is all about celebrating and passing on the traditions of Girl Scouting. Learn more in our activity plans or the Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting.
- Find a younger troop and teach them a favorite Girl Scout activity or tradition, or have girls invite a friend to come to a troop meeting and learn about Girl Scouting from the girls in your troop!
Have another idea, or want to share how your troop is celebrating Girl Scout Week? Contact us and let us know!
Katie Bartels – Along with running programs and events and helping troop leaders, Katie also works with girls on their Gold Awards. She has a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota, where she studied Youth Studies, Family Social Science, Public Health, and Spanish. Katie has been a member of Girl Scouts ever since Kindergarten and has experience working with youth of all ages in various non-profit and school settings, including Girl Scout camps with River Valleys and another council. She enjoys all outdoor activities (especially canoeing and camping), exploring new cities and places, and spending time with her family and two cats.