Girl Scouts is all about building girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. Girls want to explore and understand issues impacting their community—and what they can do to change it. I think Juliette Gordon Low (three cheers for our founder!) stated it best when she said, “The work of today is the history of tomorrow, and we are its makers.”
Here at Girl Scouts River Valleys, we’re excited to introduce our program theme for the 2017–2018 Girl Scout year, based on one of our Journey themes: It’s Your World—Change It! Whether or not your girls are working on this specific Journey this year, the skills they build (whether during your troop meetings or at one of our many council events), are crucial at any age. This year’s theme is all about girls unlocking their leadership potential, exploring their vision for the world, and using their voice to advocate for change.
Girls want to feel connected to their community, and as troop leaders, you want to feel connected to the community too! After all, many voices and shared goals make for great change, right?
Eager to dive in but not quite sure where to start? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered!
- Use our planning guides and activity plans to map out your year. New this year is our It’s Your World badge and Journey activity plans for Cadette, Senior, and Ambassador program levels (check back later this month when we roll those out!).
- Attend one of our events! Girl Scouts River Valleys is offering events at every program grade level centered around this year’s theme, including Journey events and skill-building areas (like digital arts, healthy living, and more!).
- Watch out for upcoming In the Loop posts about ideas on community service projects and ways to give back with your troop.
Girls at any age have the power to change the world. We can’t wait to see what your troop accomplishes this year—be sure to share your world changin’ stories with us!
Pam Wurster – Pam is the senior program advisor and serves as the lead girl program expert and resource for the council, supporting and guiding the successful implementation of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience through multiple program pathways, including volunteer and council-led programs. She has a BA in education and has completed master courses in youth development leadership. She developed her leadership skills, love of the outdoors, and grit through her many years as a Girl Scout, troop leader, and council staff. Pam loves working in her garden, playing the guitar, and hanging out with friends around the campfire.