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Welcome to your family’s go-to, super-fun guideto getting the most out of this year in Girl Scouts!Here’s what you’ll find inside:2345Welcome6All About Us7Our Promise and Law 8Her Best Self10She Can Earn ItJoin the FunGirl Scout PlannerFamily Adventures12141516Making MemoriesPeek into Her FutureLet Us HelpAbout My Troop

ed up a world“Girl Scouts opentunities for meof amazing opporom building anand my family. Frrn my scienceEstes rocket to eag my motherbadge to watchiny youngerlead a troop for mization has givensister, this organningful familyme so many meaish. I’m proud tomoments to chere on in familiessee this legacy livcited for all thelike yours and exlld adventure you’fun, learning, anahead.”have in the year ylv ia Aceve do—Sof the USAC EO, G ir l Sc outs“I see the power of Girl Scouts every day atBadgerland. From the compassionate Cadetteswho helped Syrian refugees settle in theircommunity. To the girl who summoned thecourage to stand before lawmakers at the capitolin Madison and advocated for issues importantto her. From the timid 7-year old who discoveredher passion, and knack, for entrepreneurshipduring cookie season. To the graduating seniorwho shed tears of relief telling me about all thescholarships she had earned—because of herGirl Scout service. I am so excited you’re on thisjourney with us and I can’t wait to see what GirlScouts has in store for YOU!”— M arci HendersonCEO, Girl Scouts of Wisconsin - BadgerlandHey There, Girl Scout!This is your space to write or draw your hopes and dreams for the coming year in Girl Scouts.This year, I’m excited to Signed,2

What Girl ScoutsIs All AboutSince 1912, Girl Scouts of the USA has givengirls the tools to lead, break barriers, andcreate positive change. Your G.I.R.L. (Go-getter,Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader) is part of a legacy of girls and young womenwho dream big and do bigger. When you take the potential every girl has within herand add our girl-led, skill-building programming; unmatched leadership experiences;and caring adults whose networks can truly open doors, you get the power of Girl Scouting.By Girls. For Girls.Everything your Girl Scout does—whether it’s climbing mountains, makingher voice heard, or designing new technology—has been created especially for, and is tested by, girls.Tomorrow’s Leaders Today.Your girl will develop a strong sense of self, demonstratepositive values, seek challenges, solve significant problems in her community, and establish healthyrelationships. These aren’t just good qualities—they’re the leadership skills that will last a lifetime.3-2-1 Action!Growing UpAt Girl Scouts, “Can I?” turns into “I will!” as your girl transformsher ideas into action, turns her questionsinto adventures, and grows her confidencethrough practice. And when she’s part ofthe largest network of girls and womenin the world, there’s no limit towhat she can accomplish.Girl ScoutKeep track as your girllevels up through the years!DaisyBrownieJuniorCadetteSeniorAmbassador3

On My HonorGirl Scouts’ values are laid out in our Promise and Law,which members of all levels recite. The Girl Scout Family Promiseis a commitment your family can make in support of your girlas she grows as a leader and makes the world a better place.Girl Scout PromiseOn my honor, I will try:To serve God* and my country,To help people at all times,And to live by the Girl Scout Law.Girl Scout LawI will do my best to behonest and fair,friendly and helpful,considerate and caring,courageous and strong, andresponsible for what I say and do,and torespect myself and others,respect authority,use resources wisely,make the world a better place, andbe a sister to every Girl Scout.Girls make the Girl Scout Sign whensaying the Promise. Try it by holdingup your right hand like this.clip & keepGirl Scout Family PromiseOn my honor, I will try:To support my Girl ScoutAnd her troop,To help girls lead at all times,And to always keep it fun!4*Members may substitute for the word God in accordance with their own spiritual beliefs.

Bring the Strengthof Girl Scouts Homeand MagicWe’ve got your back when it comes to teaching your girl positive values! Read on forexamples of the standards your girl agrees to through the Girl Scout Law, and simple waysto amplify them even more in your own family.Be Honest Lying is a natural (and normal!) thing for kids to do, so it’snearly inevitable that your girl will fib at some point. If your daughter has lied,calmly ask her what or who may have been hurt by it. If she’s too young tounderstand, walk her through how her actions might have affected others.Be Fair When your girl identifies something that’s unfair, ask herto explain what a better solution would look like and how it wouldwork. There may be several ways to solve the same problem,so help her think through as many as she can come upwith and decide which one she thinks is the mostfair for all involved.Be Friendly and Helpful Encourageall family members to look for ways to help aroundthe house. Rotate chores so everyone’s contributing equallyand nothing’s seen as a “boy” or “girl” task. Your girl may not lovetrash day or dish duty, but it will give her pride in a job well done andbuild her appreciation for helpers in her life.Be Considerate and Caring Model thoughtfulness for yourgirl by asking about her feelings and truly listening when she answers.Discuss the importance of putting yourself in someone else’s shoesand trying to understand their point of view before decidinghow to react in any given situation.Be Courageous and StrongTalk to her about a time when you were nervous aboutspeaking up for what you believed was right but did it anyway.Ask if she’s ever been in a similar situation and how it went, thenremind her that sometimes we have to be brave to make a difference.Be Responsible for What She Says and Does When younotice not-so-awesome behavior in your girl, take time to talk with her about itand understand what’s going on rather than simply punishing her for her actions.Talking about her actions and why she takes them will help her do better next time.Her life can be complicated—raising her doesn’t have to be. Check out Raising Awesome Girlsat girlscouts.org/raising-girls for the latest tips and insight into her world.5

Where Do Badgesand Patches Go?Your girl’s tunic, sash, or vest will display herbadges, pins, and awards, reflecting the skills she’slearned and experiences she’s had as a Girl Scout. Herflag patch, council ID, and troop numbers belong on thefront, starting at the top. Badges and Journey awards alsogo on the front, starting at the bottom. On a sash, badgesgo below Journey awards. On a vest, insignia and badgesbelong on the right-hand side, Journey awards on the left.Fun patches from experiences and trips always go on the back.Need more help? Check out girlscouts.org/placement.We Want to Honor Your Girl!All Girl Scouts go above and beyond to make a difference throughservice leadership. And the skills and experiences they gain along the wayset them up for special recognition through the Gold, Silver, and Bronze Awards.Gold AwardGold Award Girl Scouts are the dreamers and doers who take “make theworld a better place” to the next level. The Gold Award is the most prestigious awardin the world for girls—and it’s only available through Girl Scouts! Think of it as a goldkey that can open her world up to scholarships, preferred admission tracks forcollege, and amazing career opportunities. To earn this unique award, Seniorsand Ambassadors provide sustainable solutions to society’s biggestchallenges and make a personal andmeaningful impact on the world.ation on howFor more informScout Gold,to go for the GirlSilver Award Cadettes test theirAwards—Silver, and Bronzeleadership potential by doing researchiring stories ofand to read inspand taking action on an issue of theirts girls who’vethe improvemenchoice. Through their commitment tove made toearned them haservice, girls gain the confidence andgirlscouts.org/our world—go toskills that will catapult them to Gold tivechange.Gold Award pinBronze AwardBy taking action with others to improve their communities,Juniors gain important leadership skills and learn that even seemingly small actionscan make a lasting impact.Pro TipHead to your local Girl Scout shop for official gear, helpful tips, and the latest on council events.Can’t make it in person? Shop online. We’re always open at gsbadgerland.org.6

Make Her Troop YearMemorableConsider this the ultimate cheat sheet to beingan all-star G.I.R.L. supporter—no matter howbusy you may be! When you step up, you’reenhancing the troop experience and modelingleadership for your girl. She’ll be prouder thanever to call you hers.In 15 minutes a week, you could Organize and manage the calendar for troop snacks orcarpools. Keeping track of who’s contributing what andwhen will make meetings go smoothly for everyone.In 30 minutes a week, you could Manage troop communications. This can meananything from texting other families to confirmmeeting dates, to maintaining the troop’s social mediaaccount or being in charge of a phone tree.In 45 minutes a week, you could Take photos or videos at troop meetings and Girl Scoutevents. Make sure the troop has signed council photoreleases before snapping and sharing images!In 1–2 hours a week, you could Lead part of a troop meeting or guidethe girls through earning a specificbadge. You can introduce the girlsReady to pitch in?to a topic that you specialize inContact your girl’s troop leaderor explore a new activity andand tell her exactly how you’d like tolearn alongside the troop.help or what you can provide. Simplyoffering “whatever you need” comesIn 2–3 hours a week duringwith best intentions, but troop leaderscookie season, you could are often too busy to assign out rolesOrganize booth sales and keepto family members. Being specifictrack of cookie orders. You’llabout how you can contributebe playing a key part in the Girlwill be so appreciated!Scout Cookie Program , whichraises funds for troop activities andteaches girls important leadership skills.Want to give her the ultimate Girl Scout experience? Invest in her future and make every moment a sharedmemory by becoming an adult member at girlscouts.org/join.7

This Year inCheck out important dates, then fill in with troop meetingsOctoberNovember10/1: Official start of the Girl Scout year10/11: International Day of the Girl10/31: Juliette Gordon Low’s BirthdayBadgerland Fall Product Sale:October 2-20 Troop FundraiserProgram Focus: Outdoors! Earn petals and badges.Program Focus: STEM! Earn petals and badges.FebruaryMarch2/22: World Thinking Day2/28–3/1 National Girl Scout Cookie WeekendBadgerland Cookie Program:February 15-March 22Program Focus: Global Girl Scouting!Earn petals and badges.Women’s History Month3/8–14: Girl Scout WeekFollow Badgerland on social for weekly ideas!Program Focus: Advocacy! Discover Your Voice.Earn petals and badges.JuneJulySummer Camp Season OpensProgram Focus: Outdoors! Earn petals and badges.7/4: Independence DayJuliette GordonLow founded GirlScouts in 1912. Youcan find a painting of her inthe National Portrait Gallery inWashington, DC!8Is your girl close tomeeting her cookiegoal? Ask her abouther business techniques andhow she and her troop want touse the money they earn.Girl Scouts andGirl Guides in 150countries acrossthe globe celebrate WorldThinking Day each February22. Activities include learningabout how girls around theworld live and thinking of waysto improve the lives of GirlScouts near and far.Girl Scouts wasfounded on March12, 1912—and it’s GirlScout tradition to celebrate allweek long! Check in with yourcouncil for fun activities andevents.

Girl Scoutsand council events you can attend as a family or with her troop.DecemberJanuaryProgram Focus: COMMUNITY SERVICE!Take action this month.Register for G.I.R.L. 2020Program Focus: Entrepreneurship!Cookie Season Preparation including:CookiePalooza Kick-offs for Girl Scouts,Troop Family Meetings, Girl Goal Setting,Troop Leader TrainingsAprilMay4/22: Girl Scout Leader’s Day(Thank your Leaders!)Program Focus: Community Service!Earn petals and badges.Girl Scout Awards Ceremony Honoring:Silver and Gold Awardees, Top CookieSellers, Graduating Seniors, Scholarships5/1: Renew your membership!National Bridging WeekendMembership Renewal MonthProgram Focus: STEM! Earn petals and badges.AugustSeptember8/10: National S’mores Day8/26: Centennial of Women’s SuffrageGirl Scouts of Wisconsin Annual Meeting &Adult Recognition Ceremony2020-21 PathFinder Programs Revealed9/12–13: Girl Scouts Love State ParksProgram Focus: Entrepreneurship!Earn petals and badges.The first recipe for s’moresWhen a girl graduates from oneDid you know troop leaders areappeared in a Girl Scoutlevel of Girl Scouts to the next,volunteers? They give their timecamping guide nearly 100 yearsshe takes part in a bridgingand energy to Girl Scouts justago! Celebrate by whipping up a few ofbecause they care. Ask your girl if there’s a ceremony to celebrate her achievementsthese iconic treats at home.special way she’d like to thank her leaders and look forward to the adventures thatawait her.for all they do. Maybe she’d like to draw apicture, send a card, or even write a song!Head to gsbadgerland.org to stay up to date on exciting familyand troop opportunities all year long.9

Girl Scouting All Day,Every Girl Scout troop spends time outdoors; testing the latest in science, technology,engineering, and math (STEM); learning to run a business; and gaining invaluablelife skills that will see them through thick and thin. But there’s no reason for the funand learning to end when the troop meeting does! Use these pages as a cheat sheetto bring the adventures of Girl Scouting to your home.AirGet Some Fresh e always beenres havOutdoor adventuof Girl Scouting.rtaptntaorpimandls understand anirgginpelhdonBeyeeed to protect thappreciate the nirlst outside helps gearth, time spend, emotionally, anthrive physicallywith your girl,eidtsouetG.llyaintellectutith these easy buGirl Scout style, wiences.meaningful exper avenger huntH ave a photo scandabout your townYou’ll learn morephyfferent photograhave fun trying ditechniques.owthand track its grginhetmsontP laandt takes patienceNurturing a plant herteaches her aboudann,tiocadideent.natural environmtionsint out constellaS targaze and poiverser place in the unThinking about ougs inand can put thinnioatinagimksspar perspective. elterk dogs from a shV olunteer to walsneed teaches girlHelping pups ined underscores thresponsibility anving back.importance of giHelp Her Soar with STEMStudies show that girls are more likely to go intoSTEM fields if they have STEM role models—oreven just see STEM role models in the mediathey consume.How can you help? Think about the books yourdaughter reads and the movies she watches.What roles do girls and women play? Whenthere are scientists, builders, or tech geniusesin a story, are they female?From kid-friendly books about astronautMae Jemison and architect Zaha Hadid todocumentaries about primatologist JaneGoodall and computer scientist Grace Hopper,there are tons of books, movies, and onlinevideos featuring amazing women in STEM.Need help finding them? Ask your librarian!Sign Her Up for Girl Scout CampIt’s an adventure like no other! In the all-girlenvironment, girls feel more comfortable tryingnew activities, and they get to take the lead everysingle time. Check the calendar on page 9 to findout how to register.10

Every DayBe Her Cookie ChampionAll Girl Scouts have the chance to learn businessskills like goal setting and money managementthrough the Girl Scout Cookie Program, but did youknow it’s the largest girl-led entrepreneurial programin the world? Here are a few things you can say tosupport her as she learns how to be a boss!When she says she’s nervousabout the cookie booth sale “You know what will make you feel better? Practice.Let’s come up with questions customers might askyou—like what your favorite cookie is and what yourills Starts NowkSeifLginnraLefocus on civica strongGirl Scouting hasion, healthyess, communicatlnelwt,enmgeengae skills. Youother practical lifdan,pshinstiorelarself andto take care of henarlerhelphecanactivities atple and fun familymsihugrothrsotheand cleaninglities like feedingbisionspRee.mhoer menus,lping to plan dinnhet,pearteafupbirthday party,eting for her owndgbudanngvisae could use inaid techniques shstfirngniarledanrtant skills thaty teach her imponcgeeremofsecaher best life.will help her livetroop will do with the money earned. Then we canpractice answering!”When she wants you to collect orders at work “Let’s find a way for you to still make the sale, even though you won’t be there. Maybe youcould make a poster or a short video to attract customers and tell them about your troop’sTake Action projects. I’ll take it to the office with your order form!”When your older girl says customers would rather buy cookies from “little” girls “Daisies and Brownies do get a lot of attention—but you have years of experience andbusiness skills on your side! Let’s think about what you can do to make your cookie businessstand out from the crowd.”Earn the new Girl Scout Cookie Entrepreneur Family pin with your girl, and give her the business smartsof tomorrow today! Learn how at girlscoutcookies.org/entrepreneurfamily .11

My Girl Scout AdventuresYour Girl Scout memories are one of a kind! When you take a cool trip, learn somethingnew, earn a badge or award, or do one of the activities from this booklet with your family,mark it down here so you can remember it forever. At the end of the year, and in years tocome, you’ll look back on these accomplishments with pride.I did 12I loved

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Peek into Her FutureWhen you think of who your girl will be ayear from now or even ten years from now,you likely picture a confident thinker anddoer, someone who does her best and makesthe world a better place. Basically? You’repicturing her as a Girl Scout. Not just thisyear, but next year and beyond. That’s agood thing, because the longer she’s in GirlScouts, the brighter her future will be.While all Girl Scouts benefit from our programming,studies show alums who participated in Girl Scoutsfor three or more years are significantly more likely to:n Have a positive sense of selfn Be civically engagedn Achieve higher education and incomen Practice leadershipn Have healthy relationshipsn Feel satisfied with their livesWho could want more for their girl? Secure herspot for the 2020–21 Girl Scout year and considerbecoming an adult member at the same time! Head togirlscouts.org/join to learn when and how to sign up.Save the Date forEpic Family FunYour family won’twant to miss G.I.R.L. 2020—slthe largest-ever girl-led eventoutGoa#GirlSc to girlscouts.org/and the biggest celebration ofd! HeadeittcuxoetkGeGirl Scouting! It’s all happeningchecplorer todbadgeexnsaOctober 23–25, 2020 in Orlando,ol badgeall the coFlorida, but you can register ashe couldawards ssoon as January 2020. Check outt year.earn nexgirlscouts.org/GIRL2020 for more!theThe sky’slimit!14Give a Gift to All Girls When girls succeed, the world succeeds. Help us offer the transformativeexperience of Girl Scouting to even more girls in your community today.Invest in Badgerland Girl Scouts. All gifts make an impact: gsbadgerland.org.

Let Us Help!Family helps family, andyou’re part of ours! Whetheryou have questions aboutyour girl’s troop experiencesor are going through a toughtime on a more personal level,Girl Scouts is here to supportyou and your girl through theyears. Never hesitate to reachout. We’re here for you!Girl Scouts of the USANational Headquarters420 Fifth AvenueNew York, NY USACalling All Juliettes!A Juliette, or individually registered Girl Scout, haGirl Scout experis the sameence as any other girl—outdoor adlife skill trainingventures,, entrepreneurial programming, anon STEM experimd handsents with the support of a Girl Scouvolunteer—she sitmply does it all without being in asetting. If you’retroopa Juliette family,reach out to yourguidance, supporcouncil fort, and to stay upon cool events thfamily can attende whole.[CONNECT WITH US]Girl Scouts of Wisconsin - BadgerlandMADISON: 2710 Ski LaneJANESVILLE: 3000 Milton Avenue, Suite 113LA CROSSE: 2710 Quarry RoadPLATTEVILLE: 305 East Business Hwy 151, Suite gerland1-800-478-72481.800.236.2710For even more Girl Scout family resources, check outwww.gsbadgerland.org15

2710 Ski LaneMadison WI 53711All About My TroopFill in the details of your girl’s troop and keep this handy all year long!Troop number:Troop co-leader phone/email:Troop crestTroop co-leader phone/email:Troop co-leader phone/email:Other important information:Meeting place:We meet at on[FILL IN TIME]The girls in the troop are:Our family is helping out by:, every week/s.[FILL IN DAY][FILL IN NUMBER]

Girl Scouts and Girl Guides in 150 countries across the globe celebrate World Thinking Day each February 22. Activities include learning about how girls around the world live and thinking of ways to improve the lives of Girl Scouts near and far. Girl Scouts was founded on March 12, 1912—and it’s Girl Scout tradition to celebrate all week long!

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