4 Civics Lessons Girls Scouts Should Know

In the United States, every four years, those 18 years of age or older are given the opportunity to go to the polls to vote and elect a president. Pretty exciting, right? Is today, November 3rd, the only date Americans get to participate in our government? I hope you are answering no!

It is our job as US Citizens to spend time learning and researching the issues impacting our communities. Yes, adults are able to vote, but this is so much more to our government than just the presidential elections.

Long before Girl Scouts are old enough to vote they can be engaged in their local and national governments.

Girl Scouts offer a wide variety of citizenship badges to help girls learn how the government works and how they can be involved. We have grouped these lessons into four important topics that will help every one of all ages understand and feel comfortable engaging and voicing their opinions.   

The Rule of Law:

The United States works within the idea that we all follow the rule of the law. When starting to have law oriented conversations with your troop it is important to explain it in a way they will understand. A good way to start is to discuss how the laws have been created and how the law is enforced.  A great way of explaining it to girls in your troop can be through Girl Scout Badges.   

  • Badges to explore: Junior Inside Government

The Three Branches of Government:

It is best to think of the United States Government as a tree that has three branches to keep it balanced. The three branches work together to keep the tree upright and strong. So what are these three branches? First, we have the legislative branch who makes the rules. Second, the judiciary branch, which is comprised of judges who decide individual cases. And third, the executive branch which includes the president and agencies who carry out and enforce these laws. The three branches work together to protect the law. Additionally, it is important to note that these branches can be found at all levels of government including federal, state and local.

  • Badges to Explore: Democracy for Daisies, Brownies, Juniors, Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors

Influences on Government:

Today we live in a world where news is available 24 hours a day. It can be found everywhere we look, from television and the radio to the internet, mail, billboards, etc. It is clear that those sharing information in the news are very passionate about their beliefs.  Traditionally these beliefs and influences have the ability to change what issues are up for debate. When discussing this topic with your troops it is important to give them an understanding of how things such as media, money, etc. may affect the information they are seeing. It is important to have a well-rounded view and the badges included below will help you start those conversations with your troop.

  • Badges to Explore: Cadette Finding Common Ground, Cadette Netiquette, Senior Truth Seeker

Everyone Can Be Involved

It is important for Girl Scouts to be familiar and involved with their local, state and federal governments. Voting is not the only way to have an impact. Girls of all ages can learn about the causes they care about to form their own opinions. They can also write letters, visit elected officials and volunteer in the community to make an impact.

It is important to keep in mind how valuable each and every individual can be. In his Gettysburg Address, President Abraham Lincoln, said that the government as a whole is “of the people, by the people and for the people.”

So it is important for Girl Scouts to have these discussions with their families, friends and troops to learn and practice participating the government. If you would like additional ideas on how to start this process, please check out the badges included below or visit www.gshpa.org.

  • Badges to Explore: Ambassador Public Policy, Brownie Celebrating Community, Daisy Good Neighbor

Post by Liz Bleacher

Happy Birthday, Juliette – Happy Birthday, Daisy!

A birthday message from GSHPA President and CEO

Close your eyes and make a wish!

Have you ever blown out the candles on a birthday cake?  Most of us have.  I can remember the single candle on our oldest daughter’s first birthday cupcake, and the cake in full blaze at my grandmother’s last birthday celebration.   I can remember my childhood birthday cakes; my mom always let each of us choose our favorite and she would bake it – even if no one else liked it.  It always came from a box – add 2 eggs, 1/2 cup water, and 2/3 cup oil, but it couldn’t have tasted better.  My childhood birthday cake was always Butter Brickle with Heath Bar.   

When I had my own children, I did the same for them.  For all three, their childhood favorite was chocolate cake with chocolate frosting.   When they were old enough to help bake, they made my birthday cake – and, of course, it was covered from top to bottom with sprinkles.  

After dinner, the candles were placed on the cake, the lights turned out and the match was struck. Then each candle was lit and the singing began.  “Happy Birthday to you.  Happy Birthday to you. . .” And then – the wish.  “Make a wish!  Blow out the candles!”   

I think back to what Juliette Gordon Low, affectionately called Daisy, might have wished for in her childhood. Did she wish to see the day when women might vote?  Did she wish for a movement that would last a century?  I think back to my own childhood birthday wishes.  Honestly I don’t remember any of them, even birthday wishes as an adult.  I am sure there were definitely years when I hoped for a particular present when I blew out the candles, but generally, I remember being caught off guard when my mom said, “Make a wish and blow out the candles.”   How could that be?  Every year, it is the same.  The lights go out, the singing begins, and I have to make a wish, yet, I never felt ready to do so.  

Perhaps, it’s because even as a child, I understood that wishes were just that: wishes.  A dream so light, airy and fun, but not likely to come true without something more.  Even as a child I somehow understood the saying, “If wishes were horses, beggars would ride.”   Somewhere along the line, I learned that wishing isn’t enough.  You need a vision and you need a plan.  I think Juliette Gordon Low came to understand that as well. Her vision to see young girls become resilient and self-reliant women and her plan to do that one girl at a time started in Savannah, Georgia with 18 girls. Juliette Gordon Low’s wish slowly grew into the largest girl’s leadership development program in the world with one of the world’s most recognized and respected brands. 

Juliette Gordon Low’s wish slowly grew into the largest girl’s leadership development program in the world with one of the world’s most recognized and respected brands. 

So how do we further today’s Girl Scout vision of creating girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place? We still do it with a plan – one girl at a time, one leader at a time.   We each bring new girls to the movement.  We each help every girl to experience all the pillars of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience from life skills to entrepreneurship to the outdoors, to STEAM.  We each participate in projects throughout our own communities as reflected in our highest awards of Bronze, Silver, and Gold Awards.  And all of us live by the Girl Scout Law.  So that is my wish, but that is also my plan.   

On this, what would have been Juliette Gordon Low’s 160th birthday, I wonder what she might wish.   Today, on Juliette’s birthday let’s every one of us close our eyes and make a wish that every girl gets to experience Girl Scouts.  Better yet, let’s close our eyes and make a plan.  I think that’s what Juliette would wish.   

A birthday message from Janet Donovan, GSHPA’s President and CEO

Juliette Gordon Low’s Story

October 31st has many traditions and reasons to celebrate, but this date holds an extra special meaning to Girl Scouts across the world. The founder of Girl Scouts, Juliette Gordon Low, was born on this day, so we celebrate it as “Founder’s Day” throughout the Girl Scout Community.  

In honor of this day, Girl Scouts in the Heart of PA would like to share a story with you – the story of Juliette Gordon Low.  

On a cool autumn night while kids explored the streets in search of treats and tricks on Halloween, Juliette was born on October 31, 1860 in Savannah, Georgia. At birth Juliette was named: Juliette Magil Kinzie Gordon, but was soon given a nickname. Her uncle saw baby Juliette and said she looks like a daisy, and quickly the rest of her family and friends began to call her “Daisy”, which stuck with her as an adult. 

As Juliette got older she had a need for adventure. She faced the world and its challenges head on, and was known for being compassionate and a strong sense of humor.  As a child she was quick to make friends and serve her community. Juliette attended a boarding school for most of her teenage years, but never forgot her roots. Juliette wanted to try her best to make a difference. While home from school Juliette saw a need for children’s’ clothes in her local community, so Juliette brought together a group of her friends and taught them to create clothes for the children in need. That was just one of her many adventures.  

Juliette was also known for being strong throughout life. As you may know Juliette was nearly deaf for most of her life. As a child Juliette developed countless ear infections which were eventually treated with silver nitrate, a new medical treatment, which resulted in Juliette losing almost all of her hearing in that ear. Juliette did not let that stop her, she accepted every challenge along the way. Juliette continued to stay active, excelling in tennis, swimming, horseback riding, and hunting throughout her life.  

In 1882 Juliette decided to travel to Europe for the very first time. While on this trip Juliette met William Mackay Low. William, also known as Willy, was the son of a successful cotton merchant named Andrew Low. Juliette and William would soon form a relationship and wanted to get married. Juliette’s family did not approve of William. Juliette’s father wanted her to marry an independent hardworking man, rather than one from a rich family. Against their families’ wishes Juliette and William were married on December 21, 1886. While exiting the church after the ceremony Juliette and William met with cheers and showered with rice. Unfortunately a grain of rice got stuck in Juliette’s ear and later when it was taken out, her eardrum was damaged, leaving her with more hearing loss.   

After they were married Juliette and William had two homes, one in Savannah, Georgia and the other in England so they could be close to family. Sadly, their marriage was not one of love and devotion, instead William began spending all the family money and found a girlfriend. Juliette left England to return to the United States during the Spanish-American War. Juliette joined her mother at the Florida hospital she was in charge of, giving aid to soldiers injured in battle. After the war Juliette and William’s marriage was close to ending, Juliette was in the process of divorcing William when he died of a stroke in 1905. When William died he left everything to his girlfriend.  

While Juliette experienced countless hardships and loss in her life, but she never gave up. As the years went on Juliette was involved in many activities, but didn’t find her true calling until she met Sir Robert Baden-Powell in 1911. After their meeting Sir Baden-Powell suggested that she work with a local group of girls in England and Scotland. After this experience with Baden-Powell’s organization Juliette quickly decided to bring a similar concept to the United States. When she returned home Juliette contacted her cousin and announced, “I’ve got something for the girls of Savannah, and all of America, and all the world, and we’re going to start tonight!”  

Juliette knew the importance of girls having a place to grow and flourish. On March 12, 1912 Juliette Gordon Low brought together 18 girls from Savannah, Georgia. Juliette broke many of the social conventions of the time when she started Girl Scouts, she wanted to provide all girls regardless of race, socioeconomic status or culture a group where they were welcome. Juliette strived to give all girls a place to develop their leadership skills.  

Over the years Juliette devoted her time, money and resources to expanding the organization. After three years the organization continued to grow, and it was in need of funds. While Juliette had a talent for fundraising she knew that additional sacrifices would need to be made towards the success of Girl Scouting. So in 1915 Juliette Gordon Low sold her dearly loved string of pearls for $8,000, which today would equate to $185,000.  

Through Juliette Gordon Low’s hard work, sacrifice and devotion Girl Scouting quickly grew and expanded. Today, Girl Scouts can be found across the global continuing to offer a safe environment for both girls and adult women to grow and flourish as individuals.  

Juliette Gordon Low died on January 17, 1927 after a long and private battle with breast cancer. After her death she was honored by the establishment of the “Juliette Low World Friendship Fund” which offers Girl Scouts and Girl Guides financial support towards international projects.  

In 1912 Juliette Gordon Low had a vision. It was her hope that one day all girls would have a place to feel comfortable, connected and challenged to develop as leaders and citizens.  

Today, Girl Scouts across the global, including Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania, strive to continue her mission of creating girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place.  

Ready to Camp in the Cold?

Winter camping can be a challenge, but we are here to tell you that winter camping can be fun for any age Girl Scout! When getting ready for your Winter Camping Adventure, it is important to remember the first step of Leave No Trace: plan ahead and prepare!  

Winter Camping Shelters 

  1. Quinzhee – Snow Shelters! 
    • A quinzhee is a snow cave, constructed from hollowed-out piles of snow.  
    • These winter shelters originate from the indigenous people of North America.  
    • Snow can be a great insulator and these shelters keep in heat and block the wind! 
    • See here for how your troop can make a – Quinzhee!  
  1. Tent 
    • Keep in mind the weather when choosing your tent!  
    • If the weather is cold, but little wind, then most tents work. 
    • If you will be camping during a snowstorm or blizzard, you will want a ‘four-season’ winter tent. 
  1. Indoor Camping: Cabin/Yurt 
    • Cabin or Yurt camping is the best choice for younger Girl Scouts (Daisy-Junior) or new campers as indoor camping provides a warm, snowless place to sleep. 
    • Check out your local and State Parks for indoor camping options!  
    • GSHPA properties also have a variety of options for winter camping at our four properties. 
    • Interested in renting out a GSHPA camp property? Click here! 

What to Pack:  

Before you set out on your camping trip, you need to prepare your supplies! The National Park Service lists the following “Ten Essential Items” recommended for all weather camping:   

Ten Essentials:

  1. Navigation 
  2. Sun Protection 
  3. Insulation 
  4. Illumination 
  5. First-Aid 
  6. Fire 
  7. Repair Kit/Tools 
  8. Nutrition 
  9. Hydration 
  10. Shelter 

When planning a winter camping adventure you will need a few additional items!  

  • Sleeping in the Cold 
  • Bring two sleeping bags or one sleeping bag specifically made for cold weather 
  • Down or synthetic sleeping bags work fine, but must be stored in a dry place to be most effective.  
  • Cold weather sleeping bags are insulated and reflect your body heat. 
  • Bring at least two sleeping pads 
  • Don’t be afraid to test your sleep system to ensure it is warm enough! We recommend trying it out in your backyard first! 
  • Additional items can be found by clicking here! 

What to Wear: 

  • Layers! 
    • When preparing for winter activities, layers are essential!  
      1. Base Layer 
        • This layer is should be tight to the body and quick to dry.  
        • It is important to avoid cotton in cold temperatures, as this absorbs moisture, like sweat, and it will not dry quickly! 
        • Nylon, wool, and polyesters are the best options!  
      2. Middle Layer 
        • A good option for the second layer is a lighter jacket, sweatshirt, or fleece.  
        • Remember, avoid cotton! 
      3. Outer Layer 
        • Your last layer will ultimately depend on the weather and outdoor conditions.  
        • Typically a waterproof jacket or insulated puffy jacket is best! 
        • And remember that insulation is important – it must protect you from the wind and precipitation in addition to keep you warm!  
  • Stay DRY! 
    • Keeping dry is essential!  
      • Wet and cold makes for cranky campers! So pack extra layers! 
    • Remember that a Girl Scout is always prepared. It is better to pack too many layers and not utilize them all, than to realize you do not have enough on hand.  
    • When you are done playing in the snow, make sure to change out of any wet clothes immediately and hang them to dry! 

Cooking and Fueling Your Body for the Cold 

Your body burns more calories than normal when trying to keep warm. You need to double your normal calorie intake when winter camping. 

  • We recommend foods high in carbohydrates, fat, and protein.  
    • And you should eat often!  
  • During winter activities, keep snacks with you to keep your body fueled and warm! 

Remember to stay hydrated too! We don’t always feel thirsty in the cold, but you can very easily become dehydrated on a cold day.  

  • Always keep at least one full water bottle nearby and drink water regularly.  
  • Insulated water bottles recommended! 
  • And include warm drink options 
  • Teas and hot chocolate, are great options to drink when campers come in from the cold! 

Benefits to Winter Camping  

  • Winter camping is a unique experience and provides several exclusive activities for you to try! 
    • Winter Hiking  
    • Winter Scavenger hunts  
    • Snowshoeing 
    • Cross Country Skiing 
    • Down Hill Skiing  
    • Sledding  
    • Winter Shelter Building 

Winter camping can be a great new adventure for you! Remember, you can always make changes based on your group’s needs, safety, and comfort. It’s all about having a positive outdoor experience! Enjoy your winter camping!  

Kids Saving the Rainforest

Kids Saving the Rainforest (KSTR) is a non-profit organization founded in 1999 by two nine-year-old girls with the purpose of educating people around the world about the ecological importance of the rainforest.  KSTR has many projects in which they are actively involved in, including a wildlife rehabilitation center!


As part of the wildlife rehabilitation center, we raise baby animals abandoned by their mothers and release them back into the wild. We placed 136 monkey bridges over the roads to prevent harm to wildlife, including the titi monkeys, who have been on the Critically Endangered UN Red List since 1997.  When we started the program in 2000, there were only 1200 titi monkeys left in the world, now there are estimated to be 5700! 

We have a Wildlife Sanctuary for non-releasable animals, this sanctuary has educational tours to teach people of all ages about the rainforest, its destruction, and we then empower them to contribute in saving the rainforest.

We have reforested over 17,400 trees to provide corridors, food, and shelter for the wildlife that we rescue, and have a donated property of 290 acres on which, we plan to naturally regrow 84,000 trees in a period of time.

The KSTR story and efforts to save the rainforest have been featured in many media outlets including Teen Magazine, Teen People, National Geographic Explorer, National Geographic for Kids, National Geographic TV Channel, BBC, Appleseeds, Owl Magazine, Wild Magazine, Nature’s Way, Get Outta Town TV Show, Amazing Kid Of the Month (April 2003, 2004) Young Eco Hero of Action For Nature, and Do Gooder of the Month (April 2004).

Learn more about us at our website. This year, we are excited that GSHPA is partnering with us! Girl Scouts who participate in the Fall Fundraiser Program and who reach the $1200 reward level can Sponsor a Sloth from Kids Saving the Rainforest!

GSHPA Retail is Back!

We are excited to announce that Girl Scouts in the Heart of PA Retail is back! We heard from many of our members and are excited to be back to offer some awesome Girl Scout merchandise! We began revamping our retail efforts earlier in 2020 and we are excited about the items, sales and much more we now have to offer to the members, families, and friends of GSHPA!

You may have even seen some of the recent retail events and sales we have been hosted over the last few months, such as our GSHPA “Girl Scout Strong” shirt sale, our Facebook Live Shopping Event and our GSHPA Neon shirt sale. You may have even seen our GSHPA Pop Up Shop at a recent Adult Enrichment event held at Camp Small Valley. If you have not yet heard about these retail events, or if you would just love more Girl Scout gear, we’ve got you! Expect to see even more sales and events like these throughout the year. We will share information about any upcoming retail sales and events on our official GSHPA social media pages and in various communications. As a reader of this blog post, we will even give you some insider info: be on the lookout for another GSHPA Facebook Live Shopping Event this fall!

In the meantime, don’t forget about the Girl Scouts Official Online Store – GirlScoutShop.com; your one-stop-shop for all Girl Scout-related items. The online store truly has it all, from uniforms and badges to sweatshirts and sleeping bags! As an added bonus, it is offering free shipping on all orders now through the rest of 2020!

As we promote sales and specials, we want to be sure you are aware of all the ways to buy Girl Scout items and make the most of your Girl Scout Retail experience. Additionally, as a reminder, Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania no longer has a brick-and-mortar store, so all purchases can be made online!

We know that the Girl Scout Online Store has a lot to offer! Did you know that your Girl Scout can use her GO! Dough to purchase that extra special item from the online store? Yes, she can! Did she earn GO! Dough from the GSHPA Cookie Program or GSHPA Fall Product Program? If so, she can use her hard-earned GO! Dough to purchase that fun Girl Scout gear she’s had her eye on from GirlScoutShop.com. T To shop with GO! Dough just fill out the form here or call Member Services, at 1-800-692-7816, and our team will be happy to help process her order.

The GSHPA Retail Team is so excited to bring new Girl Scout apparel and items to our members, families, and friends! Be on the lookout for upcoming retail sales and events on our social media pages!

Bronze Award Interview

Three years ago five girl scouts from Troop 20078 in York, PA got together to start the planning of their Bronze award, this September they completed it and want to share it with you!

Aviana Gonzalez, Tipton Brenner, Sierra Rakes, Aliana Ash, and Alivia Fluck worked together through the brainstorming, planning, fundraising, and execution of interactive sidewalk art in their community.  The girls faced many obstacles including differing ideas, a pandemic, and paint spills, and were able to work through it all and learn somethings along the way.

According to Tipton, “this is something that some kids would probably like to do, and since we can’t make something that everyone can touch, it’s on the floor, it’s touched with your feet.”

Alivia added, “We wanted to keep kids active because we’re almost always on our devices.”

Aliana said, “It takes a lot of hard work, a lot of practice and patience, trust me, we all learned patience during this time.  If we didn’t have it before, we learned it.”

Aviana shared, “It took a lot of coming together to actually complete this project.” The girls want to thank all the parents and leaders who helped, the community to participate with the fundraisers, and the businesses who donated to their project. 

“just keep pushing through, no matter how much struggles come in the way”

Words of Advice:

Aliana: “ Don’t give up, be like, this is my goal, this is what I want to do. But remember you have to do a lot of stuff with it, it is a process, do your best and there is a good outcome. There’s always a good ending.”

Tipton: “My biggest advice would probably be to just keep pushing through, no matter how much struggles come in the way, like people are saying, ‘oh I don’t like your idea’. Just keep pushing through.”

Aviana: “Just go with the flow, accept other people’s ideas, in the end you are going to come up with something great.”

Alivia: “Honestly, I just want to say to remember this ain’t going to be quick. Patience is a virtue and remember, it’s gonna take awhile. It’s going to take a lot of hard work.”

To listen to the complete interview with the Girl Scouts, visit us on YouTube.

Credit for capturing the amazing Girl Scout moments featured in this post goes to Randy Flaum, thank you!

5 Ways to Celebrate JGL’s Birthday

While the world might know October 31st for its Halloween tricks and treats, here at the Girl Scouts this day has an extra special meaning! On October 31st Girl Scouts all over the world honor the memory and celebrate the birthday of our founder, Juliette Gordon Low! October 31st, also referred to as Founders Day, can be celebrated in a variety of ways! Some Girl Scout Troops choose to celebrate throughout the month of October with service projects and special events while others plan a party near her actual birthday.

Troops at all levels are encouraged to recognize and honor Juliette Gordon Low’s (JGL) birthday in some way, whether through a service project or some sort of party. Additionally this can be a great time to work with younger girls on their Girl Scout Way badge!

If you are looking for ideas to honor Juliette Gordon Low in your troop, here are some easy ways to do it!

  1. Learn Girl Scout History! What better time to learn about Girl Scout history than on our founder’s birthday? Learn more about Juliette Gordon Low and how the Girl Scouts got started!
    • Read up on JGL’s story and pick out some interesting facts to turn into a fun game of trivia or bingo! You could also have girls act out different parts of JGL’s story to honor her own love for the arts and acting out plays.
    • Make a JGL inspired paper bag puppet! Have girls design puppets by finding out what kind of Girl Scout uniforms were worn during Juliette Gordon Low’s time. You can get creative and use old scraps of fabric, felt, or construction paper to make these uniforms or you can use markers and crayons to make the craft simpler.
  2. Daisy theme it up! Juliette Gordon Low was nicknamed Daisy, from which the youngest rank of Girl Scouts, the Daisies, gets its name. This makes daisies a perfect fit for decorating a JGL birthday party or planning daisy inspired crafts!
    • Make your own daisies! Have the girls create a bouquet of tissue paper daisies using white and yellow paper. To create the daisies stack 3 white and 1 yellow colored pieces of tissue paper that you have cut into desired size. Accordion pleat the tissue paper working from the long side. Tie a ribbon or wrap one end of a chenille stem around the middle of the accordion pleated paper. Gently separate each layer pulling upwards towards middle of the flower, and WALA you have a beautiful daisy!
  3. Participate in Girl Scout traditions! What better way to celebrate JGL’s birthday then sharing Girl Scout traditions! Remind your girls that they belong to a big, powerful, and inclusive sisterhood rich with history and tradition.
    • Have the girls learn some Girl Scout songs or let the older girls teach younger girls their favorites!
    • SWAPS or “Special Whatchamacallits Affectionately Pinned Somewhere” are a great way to build friendship while getting creative and participating in a long time Girl Scout tradition! Some of troops take this time to make SWAPS inspired by Juliette’s pearls, which are well known because Juliette sold them to pay the rent for the National Office stating that “Jewels are not important, but my Girl Scouts are, they need money more than I need pearls”.
  4. Play JLG inspired Games! Honoring Juliette Gordon Low is a great opportunity to have some fun and play games that were popular for girls when she was alive. Some favorites include relay races, scavenger hunts, and head stands.
    • Have a scavenger hunt! Show the girls a tray with many items on it, and explain that each of those items is also hidden somewhere in the room or location that the party is being held. Send the girls out to find as many of the objects as they can. This can also be adjusted for virtual celebrations by putting objects on a tray and sharing the image on your screen for 30 seconds, then when you stop sharing give the girls a minute to record as many objects they can remember. 
    • Conduct a headstand challenge by seeing which Girl Scout can stand on her head the longest! One of JGL’s special skills was standing on her head. She was known for standing on her head on her birthday every year to prove that she still could. Once Juliette even stood on her head in the board room at National Headquarters to show off the new Girl Scout shoes!
  5. Community Service: JLG’s birthday is a great opportunity for Girl Scouts to work our mission by making the world a better place! Discuss how the girls can live out the Girl Scout slogan that has been around since 1912, “Do a good turn daily”. Talk to the girls about who they think needs help in their community and brainstorm ways to get involved.
    • JGL died at the age of 67 due to breast cancer. Since her birthday and Breast Cancer Awareness month are in October, this could be a great time to do some good for the National Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Your troop could collect small gifts that can be given to those who are fighting breast cancer.
    • Bring your community into the celebration by having the girls create Birthday-in-a-Bag’s! This fun service project started with Girl Scouts in Kansas and has quickly gotten popular with troops nationwide. Have your troop collect birthday party decorations to fill gift bags and delivered to your local food bank.

Mostly, take this opportunity to connect and celebrate the amazing contribution that Juliette Gordon Low has made to our world and forever Girl Scout hearts. Let us know how your troop celebrated this special time!

Catch the Colors of Fall with this Fun Craft!

Bring the beauty of fall indoors with these fall leaf sun catchers! This is a fun craft that can be easily made with a few materials that might already be in your kitchen.

All you need is:

  • White round coffee filters
  • Liquid watercolor paint or food coloring
  • Paper to make leaf template (You can draw your own or use ours)
  • Scissors
  • Paint brush or dropper

Steps:

First create your leaf template! It will be used as a guide to cut the coffee filters into leave shapes! Once you have your leaf guide grab your coffee filters and start cutting! Due to the thin nature of the coffee filters you can pile 3-5 filters to cut through at once to speed up the process.

After you have your leaves cut out its time for the color! To have fun without extra mess we recommend using a plate or a tray to put underneath the leaves you are painting! We made our own trays out of aluminum foil. Now, begin painting your masterpieces! Liquid watercolors or food coloring (diluted with a few drops of water) work best for coloring the leaves. We used red, yellow and orange to stick with the fall theme. Once your colors are ready, use an eyedropper or paintbrush to apply to the paint to the leaf.

When the leaves are finished you may want to gently move them to a safe (liquid resistant) surface to dry. A plastic bag or aluminum foil would work well! And be careful when moving your leaves they are a little delicate when wet. After the leaves have been moved to a safe location allow them to dry fully!

Once the leaves have fully dry pick them up and add some tape! You will want to create a tape loop and stick it to your creation. After that simply stick them to a window with a loop of tape sticky side out. My girls got excited about the fall theme and ended up adding a few pumpkins too.  Once the colorful creations are hung up, stand back and enjoy the beautiful color shining through!

We hope that you enjoy this fun colorful craft and would love to see your creations so please send us pictures!