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As a kid, I was a Girl Scout and it was one of the most rewarding things I could have done as a kid. I learned so many life skills, forged the basis of life long habits and learned what it was to pay it forward. So naturally, as soon as she is old enough, I will be signing Abbey up to be a Daisy and if I know myself like I think I do, I might be right there with her as her Troop Leader.
Besides camping skills, an appreciation for nature and the world around me, and learning the valuable act of community services, Girl Scouts taught me about being active and leading a healthy life.
Some of my most favorite early childhood memories involved being in Girl Scouts – visiting elderly in the hospital, going to sleep away camps, raising money with my friends, learning about nature in the tide pools on the beaches of San Diego, camping in nature, and literally so many more it would take up an entire blog post on it’s own. Those lessons and skills I learned as a child have since lit a fire inside me that’s continued to burn long into adulthood.
About the Girl Scouts
Way before they were outside your local grocery, selling delicious cookies, Girl Scouts were all about health and fitness! In fact, it’s been a part of Girl Scouting since girls ran foot races in 1912!
Camping is essential to Girl Scouts mission. It is about the outdoors, and developing a deep appreciation for nature. Girls enjoy camping with their troop or attending a Girl Scout day and evening or resident sleep-away camp. From high adventure with kayaking, archery and rock climbing to traditional camps with crafts, singing, hiking and cooking over an open fire, Girl Scout camps give girls an opportunity to grow, explore, and have fun under the guidance of caring, trained adults. Find your local council to enroll girls in camp programs.
Girl Scouts’ leadership program is girl-led. And Girl Scouts sure do a lot with guidance from caring adult mentors! From national badge programs to council-wide events, each council offers a variety of exciting program opportunities for girls of all ages.
Volunteers are supported with program level and subject training courses online and in classroom settings. There is a lot of peer-to-peer support and mentoring, and quality publications to support the delivery of high quality programs. In partnership with the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation, Girl Scouts has developed three Healthy Habits booklets for volunteers to use in conjunction with their Journey Adult Guides.
Healthy Habits Program
In partnership with the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation, Girl Scouts developed “healthy habits” booklets to easily incorporate energy balance into meetings, outings, events and adventures. The free booklets help guide girls as they learn to lead active, healthy lifestyles. Through the use of these free resources for Daisies, Brownies, and Juniors, Girl Scout volunteers and families can guide girls in fun, easy ways to achieve “energy balance.”
The three Healthy Habits booklets available for download include:
- Between Earth and Sky with Healthy Habits – girls learn about the many plants, and animals that flourish in nature, and also build important leadership skills.
- WOW! Wonders of Water with Healthy Habits – girls discover the many forms and paths that water takes and how to protect it. They also learn how to engage in teamwork, speak effectively to convey a message, and inspire others.
- Get Moving! with Healthy Habits – girls learn how to use their energy to protect Earth’s energy and build important leadership skills.
Together Counts Program
The Together Counts program is nationwide and provided by the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation to inspire active and healthy living via physical activity and nutrition, a fundamental underpinning of efforts to reduce obesity. The principle behind the program is called Energy Balance, which just means balancing the calories we consume with the calories we expend.
- Energy In: the calories you get from eating and drinking.
- Energy Out: the calories you burn from physical activities.
Additional Resources About the Girl Scout Programs
- Girl Scouts of the Nation’s Capital Twitter
- Girl Scouts of the Nation’s Capital Facebook
- Together Counts Website
- Together Counts Blog
- Together Counts Twitter
- Together Counts Pinterest
To locate the council nearest you, see the Girl Scout Council Finder.