Forever Green 2012 

In 2012, the Girl Scouts will celebrate our 100th year anniversary. To mark this milestone and honor our founder Juliette Gordon Low, who loved nature and the out-of-doors, Girl Scouts Heart of Central California will engage in history and action projects that focus on improving the environment and their community.

Aptly named “Girl Scouts Forever Green” community Take Action projects will focus on three goals:

  • Implement environmental action projects to bring about sustainable change
  • Celebrate the past, present, and future of Girl Scouts
  • Increase community awareness of Girl Scout

Girl Scouts in all grade levels and pathways will be able to earn the 100th Anniversary Forever Green program patch by completing 1 activity from each of the categories listed below. The council has created an Environmental Take Action Resource booklet that is full of  project ideas, list of community partners who are here to assist you, and resources that can help you Discover, Connect and Take Action to make a difference in your community.

This patch Program will run from March 2011 to December 2012. Patches will be available at a cost of $3.00 in the Girl Scout Shops GSHCC. Some activities may take the entire 20 months to complete. It can not be emphasized enough that these projects should be “girl lead”.

Environmental Take Action Project:

Refer to the Environmental Take Action Resource booklet for lots of information about a variety of possible environmental Take Action projects in a focus area that is most interesting to the girls. Any Take Action project should be “girl led” by providing choices and giving the girl(s) options that are achievable at their age level and capabilities. Refer to the list of community partners that are ready and excited to help your troop develop and implement a success Take Action project. Allow plenty of time for girls to create, develop, and implement their environmental Take Action project.

Girl Scouts Past, Present and Future:

Girls can discover the past history of Girl Scouts by participating in council sponsored historical program events, go to Camp Menzies in the summer and attend an history focused camp session, complete the historical activities created by the Alumni Association, take a history tour at the council Program Center in Sacramento, “surf the web” for Girl Scout history, or participate in the Living History project (information can be found in the Girl Scout History section of the 100th Web site).   This should be “girl led” by providing choices and options that are achievable at her age level and capabilities.

As you complete these history-based activities, decide how you will share your great discoveries with the community in which you live.  Let them know all the great things you can do and some of those done in the past while being a Girl Scout.  One way is showcasing in your local library.  Can you think of other ways?

Please complete at least 3 of these activities or go crazy and do them all!

Activity #1: Uniforms

Discover/Connect:  Compare the uniforms of the past with those we currently wear in Girl Scouts.  One option to learn more about historical uniforms is to have a fashion show for your Service Unit.  Uniforms are available from the Council.  Put your request in early!

Take Action:  Draw, paint or make an outfit for a doll to show what you think girls in your age level might wear in 2062.  Take a photo of your creation and put it in your troop 100th Anniversary Celebration scrapbook. 

Activity #2: Communication

Discover/Connect:  There has been a drastic change in the way we communicate through these hundred years.  Do some internet investigation. What was the need for signaling by semaphore, Morse Code, whistle, etc.  What emergency communication methods are in use today?  How do we communicate today?

Take Action:
Investigate how other methods of communication are used in your community? Who do they benefit? How could you work with your community to improve communication so that all residents get the message in the event of an emergency?

Activity #3: Personal Health/Fitness-Games

Discover/Connect:  Juliette encouraged the girls to be self-sufficient and physically active.  Back then, many skills were learned through games. Learn what activities the first Girl Scouts did to remain physically fit.

Take Action:  

  • Participate in at least one walk sponsored by the American Volksport Association, and learn about their Girl Scout patch program.
  • Learn and share a new game from the decade with your troop or another one.
  • Participate in/or plan a Geocaching adventure.

Activity #4: Girl Scout Cookie Program

Discover/Connect:  Check out the GSUSA Web site link to Program/GS Cookies/History and see what this section of the Web site tells you about the history of Girl Scout cookies.  When did girls begin to sell cookies?  Who made the first ones?  How many companies have made Girl Scout Cookies?  When did the sale of calendars take the place of selling cookies?

Take Action:

  • With the “original” recipe, make a batch of cookies for your troop’s snack or another occasion.
  • Design your own Girl Scout calendar.                                                      

Activity #5: Singing

Discover/Connect:     Singing is a large part of the history of Girl Scouts.  What songs and games have survived in Girl Scouting through the years?  Check out the New Baker’s Dozen Songs for the Centennial (click here) and learn a new song. Attend a Song Workshop in your area.  Check the 100th Web site for dates and locations.

Take Action:

  • Learn and share at least one song from the Baker’s Dozen list.
  • Plan a sing along for your service unit.

Activity #6: Promise & Laws

Discover/Connect:  Compare the current Promise & Law with the one from your decade.  Is it the same?  How is it different?

Take Action:  Rewrite the Promise & Law in your own words.

Activity #7: Camping & Food

Discover/Connect:  Do some investigation. How did Girl Scouts camp in your decade?  What kind of equipment did they use?  What sort of bedding was used for sleeping? What kind of activities did they do and what kind of food did they eat?  How will camping look in 2062?

Take Action: 
1. Prepare camp food using a recipe from your decade.
2.Try to make a bedroll!
3. Organize and implement a service unit camporee and enact some of the camping skills practiced throughout Girl Scout history.  Make sure you have an adult advisor and that you and your advisor take Event Planning class and submit an Intent to Plan an Event form.

Increase Community Awareness

Help celebrate our 100 years by telling your community about the amazing things you do as a Girl Scout. You can share your environmental Take Action project success in a newspaper article; educate the community about Girl Scout accomplishments at a community event, set up a booth at a community park to share fun Girl Scout songs and games; just use your imagination to let the community know all about Girl Scouts.   You can create posters, banners, and library displays to show off your troop activities. You can participate in a local parade or write an article for your local newspaper. Work with your Service Unit Community Relations Representative or Service Unit 100th Liaison if you need more information or assistance. Girl Scouts will only turn 100 once, so lets make it the best celebration ever!