Why camp is a cell-free environment

    You’ve packed her sneakers, a sweatshirt for those cool evenings around the campfire, a swimsuit and her favorite stuffed animal. The camp checklist is all marked off, but you’re a little nervous…maybe you’ll feel better if you just pack one more thing. It’s not on the list, but you reason that it won’t…

You GLOW, Girl!

Building Skills, Networks Focus of Annual Conference Last weekend, GSHCC welcomed more than 100 girls and some pretty amazing professional mentors for the 3rd annual Girls Leading Our Way (GLOW) conference at Cosumnes River College. While the date was April 1, this conference was no fooling around. From learning interview skills to exploring robotics, the…

Happy Campers: Why Camp is Important for Girls

Summer camp–the pitch a tent, explore the outdoors, sing around the campfire kind of camp–is not only a fun way to spend the summer, but it also provides a foundation of independence and leadership that can extend well into adulthood. “Camp is one of the few institutions where young people can experience and satisfy their…

Meet Shasta and Bones

Summer camp is the place where lifetime friendships–and memories–are made. We know that going to camp is often a girl’s first time away from home for an extended period of time, and this experience helps foster independence and confidence in a special way. Girl Scouts Heart of Central California (GSHCC) has been sharing the joys…

“Make Your Own Badge” Site Shutting Down in June: The Why and the How

A Message from GSUSA:  Launched in 2011, Girl Scouts’ Make Your Own Badge site was designed to offer girls a truly girl-led experience. With the Make Your Own option, Girl Scouts could get creative in designing a badge not already offered through our program, around a topic of particular interest to them. After all, a…

Beyond The 5 Skills

Earning the Girl Scout Cookie Activity Pin Girl Scouts! Did you know that in addition to earning troop and individual rewards, you can also earn a Cookie Activity Pin for your work with the Girl Scout Cookie Program? Each year, the pin is a different color–that means you can earn a new one each year!…

The Results Are In: Meet the Winning Girls’ Choice Badge Designs!

Two weeks ago, girls had the chance to vote on one of two designs for the new badge they’ll be able to earn this coming fall—Troop Camping. (It’s her world—we’re just here to guide her!) Thanks to everyone who cast a vote and made their voices heard! Check out the winning designs—did your favorite take…

Let’s celebrate Girl Scout Week like a G.I.R.L.

Yay—Girl Scout Week is almost here! Let’s get ready for that special time of year when Girl Scouts of all ages celebrate and show the world what it means to be a G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)™. Let’s make this year’s activities extra special. Here are a few ideas to get you started—one for each…

Girl Scout Volunteers, We Love You!

That’s right—we’re talking to you, our extraordinary volunteers, who tirelessly give of their hearts and time to help us unleash the leader in every G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)™. This Valentine’s Day, we want you to know that we see you, we appreciate you, and yes—we love you! We know we don’t say it nearly…

Explore the Outdoors

There is plenty of research to show that spending time in nature can nurture creativity and healthy social development, and help girls gain the skills to seek and conquer challenges. At resident camp, girls have the opportunity to discover and connect with the natural world, and learn how to take action like a G.I.R.L.! Whether…