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  • Big Hearts Lead to Birthday Parties for Kids in Need

    What happens when a go-getting Girl Scout troop meets fellow Lincoln children in need? Big ideas, big action and a big assist from Disney!

    Junior Troop 20568 toured a Lincoln homeless shelter last year and have since dedicated themselves to helping the children who live there. Now, every month, the 14-member troop of Roper Elementary fourth-graders throws a birthday party for all the children at People’s City Mission.

    “The girls realized how the children living at the shelter may not even get a birthday party,” said troop co-leader Vanessa Hohlen.  

    The project celebrates peers in need while putting the troop on a path to their Bronze Award. The troop also applied for – and won – a Disney Be Inspired grant to help fund the birthday parties.

    Birthday parties occur on the second Saturday of every month, and each member of the troop takes a turn planning the monthly party. Every party features Girl Scout-led games, snacks, prizes, a library from which every child gets a book, and a stuffed animal “adoption station.”

    According to Vanessa, who co-leads the troop along with Jill Gable, the Girl Scouts were touched by the experience of meeting kids their own age who are affected by homelessness.

    “They instantly felt drawn to helping the children staying at the mission,” Vanessa said.

    The girls echoed their co-leader.

    “I have learned that it makes the parents and the kids at the City Mission happy,” said Amaya. “My goal...

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  • Simple Tips to Grow Your Troop!

    What’s even more fun than a new year of Girl Scouts? Welcoming new girls to your troop! After all, new members bring fresh ideas, different ways of looking at things, and excitement that can spark creativity and energize everyone. Plus, introducing new friends to Girl Scouting allows existing members to flex their leadership skills and build confidence. Basically, everybody wins!

    Though you may already be a few months into the new school year, it’s still the perfect time to get more girls involved in your troop’s adventures. Get ready to recruit some fresh faces with these tried-and-true Spirit of Nebraska tips:

    1. Host a Bring-a-Friend meeting.

    It’s common that girls want to invite their friends to troop meetings to see what Girl Scouts is all about! So lean into your girls’ natural desire to be social and host a special “Bring-a-Friend” meeting for your troop (or just designate certain meetings throughout the year as being open for friends).

    When hosting a Bring-a-Friend meeting, it’s important that the meeting is authentic to your troop’s Girl Scout experience. If your troop is full of outdoor adventurers, a meeting filled with crafts and games may not be the best way to attract the girls that are right for your group. And if your girls are a little more on the low-key side, your troop trip to a theme park might not be the right event for potential new Girl Scouts to experience. Instead, plan a meeting that will allow for lots of inter...

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  • Volunteers Are the Heart and Soul of Girl Scouts

    This year, dedicated Girl Scout volunteers empowered more than 16,000 Nebraska girls to build courage, confidence and character. That’s why Girl Scouts Spirit of Nebraska recently honored those who went above and beyond at award ceremonies across the state.

    “Through their work, volunteers provide a caring, supportive environment for girls to learn about themselves, what issues are important to them and how they can make a difference in the world,” said Fran Marshall, Chief Executive Officer, Girl Scouts Spirit of Nebraska.

    Girl Scout volunteers provide girls a place of their own to try new things and improve their communities – yet volunteers often underestimate the impact they have on the lives of girls, according to Marshall.

    “Often our volunteers shy away from the spotlight,” Marshall said. “Our volunteer award ceremonies are our opportunity to recognize and thank them for the leadership they provide and their commitment to our girls.”

    The annual awards process begins in late spring, when peers, friends, family and council staff nominate volunteers for their achievements and contributions to the girls they serve.

    View a list of the 2017 Volunteer Award recipients and check out photos from the award ceremonies in the slideshow below.


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  • Girls Are Stars in Girl Scouts; Would Be Supporting Players in Boy Scouts

    By Sylvia Acevedo, CEO of Girl Scouts of the USA

    Girl Scouts is the premier girl leadership organization in the world, and I am proud to serve as its 20th chief executive officer. Every day we work to carry out the vision of our founder, Juliette Gordon Low, who believed in the power of every girl to make a positive impact on the world. 

    We are disappointed that Boy Scouts of America has chosen to open its program to girls in contravention of its charter, rather than focusing on the 90% of American boys not being served by Boy Scouts. We believe strongly in the importance of the safe, all-girl, girl-led and girl-friendly environment that Girl Scouts provides. 

    At Girl Scouts, girls aren’t the ancillary tag-along or supporting player — they are the central character. For more than a century, Girl Scouts has delivered unparalleled experiences that allow girls to discover their passions, develop leadership and people skills, explore their worlds, and embark on new adventures. Adult mentors and strong female role models show them they can be anything they want to be.

    Through earning badges, including the science badge, for which I built an Estes model rocket and launched it into the sky, I learned to persevere — to create a plan, to regroup when things did not go as pla...

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  • YWE3Lead: Weird Name, Amazing Conference for Teens

    High school life can be pretty hectic: school, work, sports, Girl Scouts, college planning, volunteer work. We know it’s hard to fit one more thing into your schedule. But you don’t want to miss YWE3Lead.

    What is YWE3Lead? It’s short for Young Women Empower, Engage, Educate and Lead, and it’s an exclusive, day-long conference designed to help you unleash your inner girl-power! You’ll discover your leadership potential while networking with teens like you from across the state.

    You’ll delve into career opportunities and self-exploration during dynamic break-out sessions, and collaborate on a community service project to make the world a better place. 

    You’ll also hear from National Geographic explorer Amy Freeman, who has traveled more than 30,000 miles by canoe, kayak and dogsled to some of the world's wildest places, from the Amazon to the Arctic. Amy and her husband also run the Wilderness Classroom, an educational nonprofit organization that introduces kids to wild places throughout the world.

    YWE3Lead is for ALL high school girls, not just Girl Scouts. So, register today and bring ALL your friends to this amazing conference emphasizing female leadership and empowerment!

    Here’s the scoop!...

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  • Girl Scouts Go Nuts!

    Everyone knows about our world-famous Girl Scout Cookies. Thin Mints, Shortbreads, Peanut Butter Sandwiches and the rest of the popular line-up have been around for more than 100 years. Just the mention of Girl Scout Cookies takes people back to their childhood and the fondest memories of selling door-to-door, or simply eating the mouth-watering treats.

    However, many people don’t know that the Girl Scouts have a lesser-known program that comes around every fall in Nebraska. That’s right, while the cookies are still awaiting their turn in the bakery oven, Girl Scouts are selling nuts and chocolates to earn funds to get their year off to a great start.

    From now through November 12, thousands of Girl Scouts will reach out to their friends, family and neighbors to offer these “treats of a different variety.” In addition to nuts and chocolate, customers may also purchase magazine subscriptions and keepsake items. And, just like the Cookie Program, girls gain exposure to essential lessons about goal setting, decision-making, money management, people skills and business ethics.

    So, when your doorbell rings and you hear, “Would you like to buy some Girl Scout Nuts and Candy?” It’s not a hoax. Make a purchase, and remember that by doing so, you’re supporting girls AND your contribution goes a long way toward making your community a better place.

  • Leadership Leads to Scholarships

    Two amazing, focused and change making Nebraska Girl Scout alumnae recently received the 2017 Presidents’ Leadership Award for outstanding leadership benefitting their communities.

    Alisha Fisher of Tecumseh and Helen Whetstine of Omaha each received a $1,000 college scholarship from the Girl Scout Homestead Community Advisory Board.

    Alisha graduated from Sterling Public School in May 2017 and is a freshman studying pre-med at Nebraska Wesleyan University in Lincoln. In addition to earning her Gold Award, the highest honor in Girl Scouting, Fischer was heavily involved in 4-H, where she won many championships.

    “I plan to use the great leadership skills I learned in Girl Scouts to succeed in life,” Alicia said. “I know I will continue to grow over the next few years, but I have a great foundation of leadership under me, and I plan to build upon it.”

    Helen graduated from Millard North in May 2017 and is a freshman pursuing a degree in international affairs at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. Helen earned her Gold Award and received the Girl Scouts Spirit of Nebraska Tammy Jo Bentley Award. She also is a National Merit Scholar and a Presidential Scholar.   

    “I love my community because it’s diverse, and I enjoy helping people in a variety of settings with my ability to lead,” Helen said.

    The Presidents' Leadership Award Scholarship is for Nebraska girls, 18-24, who use their leadership skills to better their com...

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  • Girl Scouts Getting a Crafty Discount at JOANN Stores

    Our Movement boasts some of the most inspired makers and creative visionaries you’ll find anywhere. To that end, we have an exciting announcement about our ongoing partnership with JOANN Stores that is sure to ignite your creative spark – all while promoting our mission for girls.

    Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) is proudly teaming up with JOANN to unveil a brand new Girl Scout Rewards program. JOANN, the nation’s leading craft and fabric retailer, is offering 15 percent off all eligible purchases every day for Girl Scouts. The discount is available in stores and online.

    In return, JOANN guarantees that a minimum of $1.5 million from the Girl Scout Rewards program will go back to GSUSA over the next three years, demonstrating its deep commitment to girls’ leadership development. These funds will support the Girl Scout mission to build girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place.

    But wait, there’s more! JOANN will also offer in-kind education, in-store events and access to classroom spaces for troop meetings and other Girl Scout events. Plus, troops will be welcome to host cookie booths in front of the Nebraska JOANN stores in Bellevue, Grand Island, Lincoln and Omaha.

    To celebrate this collaboration, JOANN stores will host Girl Scout Day on Saturday, September 23 for all Girl Scout members. Attendees can enjoy an array of craft activities, as well as connect with their local JOANN represent...

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  • Wild About Girl Scouts

    The new Annual Program Guide has been mailed, and is available online.

    We're wild about our new theme – Wild About Nature and we know you will be, too! Whether your troop wants to learn how to protect our environment, explore nature trails, discover wildlife, or pitch a tent and gain new outdoor skills, we've got you covered. The guide is full of programs that will get you outdoors and LOVIN' IT!

    It’s also filled with travel opportunities, camp adventures, Broadway shows and so much more. Start planning your Girl Scout year today.

    Parents and guardians, your daughter is WELCOME to attend any program, whether she is part of a troop or an individual Girl Scout!

    You’ll want to bookmark the digital program guide and our online calendar for easy program registration.

    Be sure to check out the new Wild About Rewards incentive cards and prepare to earn cool prizes by participating in programs. Girls and co-leaders can earn prizes!

    Hey first-day Early Birders, don’t forget to use your $15 program credit before it expires on September 30, 2017! You...

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  • Girl Scout S’mores Return to Line-Up

    S’mores please? You asked, we answered.

    In celebration of National S’mores Day and the success of our popular new cookie, Girl Scout S’mores are returning to the 2018 cookie line-up to power more awesome experiences for girls.

    With its spectacular debut last winter, the double-dipped, chocolatey graham became the most popular new flavor in the history of Girl Scout Cookies, selling more than 290,000 packages in Nebraska! Every box helps girls in your community accomplish amazing things and change the world.

    “We are very excited for the return of Girl Scout S’mores, which our girls and cookie customers obviously love!” said Fran Marshall, CEO, Girl Scouts Spirit of Nebraska. “S’mores represent another delicious and meaningful way Nebraskans can support local girls and the experiences that help them develop essential leadership skills.”

    The Cookie Program is just one of the abundant, enriching opportunities in Girl Scouting. Girls “take the lead” as they gain invaluable life skills through participation in activities including STEM, outdoor, entrepreneurship and community service.

    We are the premier leadership organization for girls; backed by more than 100 years of experience and expertise, and with a vision toward the next century of girl-empowerment.

    As we make this delicious announcement, we also want to remind everyone that troops are now forming across the state and volunteers are needed.

    “Leading a Gi...

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  • Chyna Goes to Japan

    As children, we are told to make wishes on dandelions, stars, and birthday candles. I won’t lie and say I used those wishes on traveling internationally—in fact, I used the majority of them to wish for ponies and puppies—but having the opportunity to travel to Japan didn’t come to fruition because of wishes. With support, dedication, and a large amount of generosity, I am soon going to be traveling to Japan with Girl Scouts.

    When the Girl Scouts reached out to me, they encouraged me to sign up and told me that financial aid was available to help me and my family afford this trip. I immediately started to fill out the application and thankfully, with the help of Alisha Epp (Girl Scout Program Specialist), I received financial assistance. I am most thankful to have Alisha in my life!

    After we got the news, my mother and I sat down and talked about what needed to be done to pay for the rest of this trip. I started working two jobs to be able to contribute as much as I could in order make this come true. With each check we sent, the more of a reality this trip became. When Girl Scout Cookie season came around, I knew that selling as many cookies as possible would be crucial. In the end, we sold over 700 boxes of cookies. Each box was able to count toward my trip.

    Through this journey of working to make my dream a reality, I learned that paying it forward can make an incredible difference in someone's life. I am incredibly thankful to all the people who con...

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  • Going Gold and Staying Bold!

    They are the Girl Scout elite. Girls who dig down and do what it takes to earn their Gold Award are committed to the greater good, and their achievements cannot be overstated. This year, 11 young women in Nebraska were honored for reaching this Girl Scout milestone, and we recently recognized their contributions at ceremonies across the state.

    The 2007 recipients are Sophie Bredensteiner, Gretna; Stacia Burkey, Hebron; Haley DeWitt, La Vista; Alisha Fisher, Sterling; Maria Kohel, Lincoln; Jill Ruane, Papillion; Natalie Schieuer, Walton; Linnea Vogel, Palmer; and Amanda Dickerson, Amanda Gregory and Michaela Lentsch of Omaha.

    The Gold Award is earned by high school girls who demonstrate extraordinary leadership. They recognize a community problem, create solutions, share their vision, build teams, implement complex and multi-layered projects, and make their corner of the world a better place. The Gold Award also requires that girls address how their efforts can be supported in the future by putting processes in place for the continued evolution of their work.

    “Earning the Girl Scout Gold Award is a remarkable achievement that takes perseverance, skill and leadership,” said Fran Marshall, Chief Executive Officer, Girl Scouts Spirit of Nebraska. “Each recipient has challenged herself to think big and act with compassion, and the results are thoughtful and sustainable change in our communities.”

    The name of the award has changed over the years, but...

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  • Record-Setting Cookie Program

    We celebrated 100 years of selling cookies, debuted a popular flavor, gave away a new car and supported 10,000 Nebraska girls, who built confidence, learned essential life-skills and exceeded their cookie-selling goals.

    We are proud to announce girls sold a record-setting 2,041,308 boxes of cookies this year in the state; an increase of 11 percent over the 2016 program.  

    “Customers generously stepped up, but it is the girls who made it happen,” said Fran Marshall, our CEO. “In Girl Scouting, they learn how to innovate and create opportunities, and they demonstrate these leadership skills during the Cookie Program—the largest girl-run business in the world.”

    Each year, girls whose efforts result in cookie sales of more than 1,000 boxes become members of an elite group aptly known as the 1000 Club. This year, 105 girls met the challenge and reached or exceeded that milestone, and 611 of you sold between 500 and 999 boxes! Look for complete 1000 and 500 Club lists in the next issue of the JG magazine.

    Hanna Van Cleave of Omaha was the state’s top selling Girl Scout, and at 5,903 boxes, she also set a record for most cookies ever sold by one girl in one cookie season in Nebraska.

    Our customers should also feel very proud because when they purchase Girl Scout Cookies, they make an important investment in the girls and their community. Troops use their proceeds to fund activities throughout the year. They take field t...

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  • Honoring Three Exceptional Girl Scouts

    Every year, we honor outstanding Nebraska Girl Scouts for their extraordinary leadership. Like all Gold Award recipients, these young women took matters into their own hands, generated sustainable change in their communities and made the world a better place!

    This year’s “Pat Meyer Nebraska Young Women of Distinction” was awarded to Michaela Lentsch of Omaha, and Michaela Ott and Anna Vaughn of Blair during Spirit of Nebraska’s annual meeting.

    These girls inspire us and make us proud!

    Michaela Lentsch focused her Gold Award project on remodeling the Lost and Found Clothing Center at Trinity United Methodist Church in Ralston. She built rolling displays and tiered shelves, sewed valances, made new signs, painted a mural, provided toys for the children’s area, bought new storage totes, created bulletin boards and bought new accessory displays. Because of Michaela’s hard work, those who shop at the center can easily find fashionable and affordable clothing.

    Michaela Ott wanted her Gold Award to encourage physical fitness in a way that would be interesting and fun. Ott designed and built a Human Foosball arena at Camp Fontanelle in Fontanelle, Neb. The human-sized replica of the popular recreational game promotes teamwork, coordination and physical activity. Michaela publicized the arena through fliers and her fitness blog.

    Anna Vaughn saw the need for change after discovering that the preemie hats provided to local hospi...

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  • A Love Letter to our Volunteers

    Dear Girl Scout Volunteers,

    This month, we celebrate you and the priceless love you give girls every day through your unwavering dedication to their success. The future is bright, and you’re lighting the way!

    Yes, you, our extraordinary volunteers—who tirelessly give of yourselves to help unleash the leader in every Girl Scout. During National Volunteer Month, we want you to know that we see you, we appreciate you, and yes—we love you! We don’t say it nearly enough, but we didn’t want another day to go by without letting you know how we truly feel.

    National Volunteer Month is about community, and that’s what you build. It’s about sharing your heart, and that’s exactly what you do—without limits and without hesitation.

    So, when you’re tired and running around coordinating meetings and events, and maybe even losing a little steam, we want you to remember this: every day as a Girl Scout volunteer, you power life-changing adventure, opportunity-rich learning and powerful growth for girls who will become the leaders and happy, healthy, problem-solvin’, barrier-breakin’ change-makers our world needs.

    And while they’re having the time of their lives making forever friends and trying new things, they’re learning that anything is possible. Their confidence is rising, and they’re shedding their fears. They’re raising their hands, sharing ideas and believing in their own inherent power right from the start, all because you </...

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  • We’re Giving Away a Cookie Car!

    To celebrate 100 years of Girl Scouts selling cookies, we are giving away a sweet 2017 Toyota RAV4 – known as the Cookie Car! This awesome prize was made possible through a generous donation by Baxter Toyota La Vista.

    The contest is designed to help our Girl Scouts reach their Cookie Program sales goals. Although no purchase is required to register for a chance to win the car, a special code is needed to enter. You can acquire the code from a Girl Scout during the cookie sale.

    To find cookies near you, use the cookie locator here or call the Cookie Hotline: 877.636.4684.  

    You can enter to win and see complete Girl Scout Cookie Car contest rules here!

    The RAV4 will be awarded by random drawing to a resident of Nebraska (excluding Dakota County) or Carter Lake, Iowa, who is 25 years or older, at the conclusion of the Cookie Program.

    When you purchase Girl Scout Cookies, you are supporting the girls in your community! All the proceeds stay in the state to benefit the Spirit of Nebraska council and i...

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  • An “art”-Venture Results in Fun Patch

    Annika Krizmanich didn’t just create a design for our artVenture patch contest—this 11-year-old artist and innovator did her research and incorporated past artVenture art into her entry! Annika’s resourcefulness certainly paid off when her design was selected as the winning entry in this year’s patch contest.

    artVenture is a unique Spirit of Nebraska program that inspires Girl Scouts to tap into their imagination when they work side-by-side with local, professional artists. In this collaborative environment, amazing works of art are created.

    Because artVenture is all about collaboration, Lori Williamson, our council program manager, wanted girl input for the artVenture fun patch. She decided that the best way to get girls involved would be for them design and create the patch! Every girl who participates in artVenture gets a patch, and it is an honor to have your design is selected!

    The Girl Scout who creates the winning design also gets to team up with a Spirit of Nebraska graphic specialist and learns how to take the art from design to patch production. Yet another art exploration opportunity!

    Annika was super excited about winning and for the chance to work with a professional designer.

    Designer Lucia Kroeger Renz introduced Annika to the Girl Scout color palette and coached the young artist on how to incorporate certain colors into...

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  • Where in the World is Juliette?

    Juliette Gordon Low (the flat version) embarked on a great adventure last summer with Papillion Troop 41901.

    Each girl created her own, unique Flat Juliette, who then became their travel companion. Whether the girls visited a local pool or journeyed far from home, Juliette joined them!

    Flat Juliette – and her Girl Scout guides – explored the natural beauty of Yellowstone National Park and marveled at the great monuments of Washington D.C. She delighted in Disney World’s rides and revisited her birthplace in Savannah, Georgia. She tried to stay dry while kayaking and earned a Junior Ranger badge from the National Parks Service.

    When school started, Juliette packed her bags and headed to other states and countries, via the U.S. Postal Service! She’s sending photos back to her friends in Papillion as she attempts to visit every state in America and every continent on the planet.

    Check out Flat Juliette’s escapades in our Flickr gallery.

    Click the image below to view the entire gallery.

    Flat Juliette Adventure

    Get a pattern to make your very own Flat Juliette...

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  • Celebrating 100 Years of Girl Scouts Selling Cookies

    It all began in 1917, when an industrious group of Girl Scouts started baking and selling cookies out of a school cafeteria to finance their troop activities. Since then, the start-up that came from those humble beginnings has grown into the largest girl-run business in the world.

    To commemorate 100 years of the first known sale of cookies by Girl Scouts, a delicious, new flavor will be available when cookies go on sale in Nebraska on February 3. The highly anticipated “Girl Scout S’mores” is a modern twist on the time-honored campfire treat.

    No matter which cookies customers choose, their purchase is an important investment in the girls in their community. The proceeds from the Cookie Program stay in Nebraska to support the local Girl Scout council and its 21,000 girl and adult members. Girls use their funds for their many troop activities, including community service projects.

    When girls participate in the Girl Scout Cookie Program, they also develop important life skills such as goal setting, decision making, money management, business ethics and people skills.

    “Each box of Girl Scout Cookies sold helps girls do incredible things, follow their passions, take the lead in their lives and communities, and change the world,” said Fran Marshall, Chief Executive Officer, Girl Scouts Spirit of Nebraska.

    Cookies will be sold through March 12.

    The 2017 Girl Scout Cookie line-up: S’mores, Thin Mints, Caramel deLites, Peanut Butter Patties...

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  • STEAMing into a New Girl Scout Year

    Girls across the state began their Girl Scouting year with a big bang as they dove into the world of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math).

    Hundreds of girls learned about the STEAM disciplines through hands-on activities that included:

    • extracting DNA from their cheek cells
    • using crime scene investigation tools to solve a mock mystery
    • coding with Google representatives
    • experiencing virtual reality
    • learning the science of hockey with Lincoln Stars players
    • enjoying an explosive science show featuring pops, bangs and dazzling flashes 
    • performing fun experiments with museum curators, archeologists and college professors

    Girl Scouts has a long history of encouraging girls to participate in STEM. The first badges – “Electrician” and “Flyer”– were introduced in 1913. STEAM adds the “A” for artistic expression.

    According to the Girl Scout Research Institute’s study “Generation STEM,” there is a correlation between exposure to and girls’ interest in STEM. While 81 percent of girls say they are interested in pursuing STEM careers, only 13 per...

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  • 10 Ways You Can Be Brilliant with the Fall Product Program!

    Learn 5 Essential Skills

    The Fall Product Program is an amazing introduction to running a business. When girls participate, they earn more than just patches and incentives, they gain hands-on experience that helps them succeed in the future (the 5 Skills aren't just for cookies).

    1. Goal Setting

    2. Decision-Making

    3. Money Management

    4. People Skills

    5. Business Ethics

    6. Earn Awesome Incentives

    Girls love getting the super cute incentives, as much as we love giving them! Great patches, a Chevron Moon Chair, Bluetooth speakers, jewelry, plush Koalas, GoPro video cameras and even a chance to design a personalized Koala patch! Here’s a sneak peek as this year’s swag.

    7. Start Building Troop Funds NOW

    It’s a long time until our 2017 Cookie Program and there is too much cool stuff to do right now! Earn start-up money to fund Troop activities, buy supplies, do community service projects and get the year started right!

    8. Sweet, Sweet Products

    There are so many scrumptious products from which to choose, including Peanut Butter Bears, Dulce De Leche Owls, Dark Chocolate...

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  • Exposed to Violent News...Now What?

    by Shannon Peterson, Communication Specialist, Girl Scouts Spirit of Nebraska.

    Every time my 5-year-old daughter sees the news on television, she covers her ears and yells, “Turn it off! Turn it off!” Even if it’s a weather forecast or a feature story about cuddly puppies. If we’re at a restaurant and the news is on, she must sit with her back to the television.

    The news freaks her out.

    It started this summer. She was visiting her grandparents in Minnesota when a man was shot by a police officer just a few miles from their home. There were protests in the Twin Cities, and non-stop news updates. The broadcast coverage ramped up even higher after five police officers were killed by a sniper in Dallas the next day.

    My family was particularly tuned in because my brother – her uncle – is a law enforcement officer in the Twin Cities. It was scary, it was close. She heard the worry in their voices and the television was trumpeting bad news in the background.

    For all of us, the summer overflowed with violence. Shootings and acts of terrorism were inescapable. Even the most conscientious parents can’t fully protect their children, not in today’s digital world – with smart phone alerts, social media posts and 24-7 news stations.

    Because those violent images and videos can traumatize little ones, you may be wondering how to handle these difficult subjects when talking to children.

    This article from Girl Scouts of the USA’...

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  • Reaching Out to Refugee Girls

    By Renae Ninneman, Program and Outreach Coordinator in Lincoln

    Refugee middle and high school girls have a unique struggle. Not only do they face the same regular “girl struggles” as their native-born sisters, they face them with extra barriers. It’s hard to balance a life between two cultures, all while learning a new language and being a teenager.

    We are so thrilled to announce that a new grant from the Nebraska Crime Commission will provide our unique Girl Scout Leadership Experience to refugee girls in grades six through 12 in Lincoln!  

    Girls Scouts can offer these unique girls a space to feel comfortable in their new home, and give them an opportunity to grow their leadership skills.

    Nebraska is a hot spot for refugee resettlement. Our state has become fifth in the nation in refugee resettlement per capita. Typically, we welcome 700-850 refugees to Nebraska each year; people who fly to Nebraska directly from their refugee camps. We also welcome many refugees as secondary migrants, which means they were resettled in another state, but decided to move to Nebraska.

    Our state has many jobs and a low cost-of-living, and that appeals to many people, refugees included.

    I have either volunteered or worked with refugees for the better part of a decade, and I am excited to head up this new project. Through my work, I know that not everyone understands what it means to be a refugee. A lot of people use the word, and t...

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  • Have S’more Fun with Girl Scouts

    Join us for a Girl Scout S’more registration event! Play games, sing songs, make a craft, enjoy a S’more and discover how AMAZING it is to be in Girl Scouts!

    Parents are invited to come for the last half hour for a short performance by the girls and for information regarding their daughter becoming a Girl Scout.

    Pick the date/location that works best. These events are for girls who are new to Girl Scouting! Please RSVP so we know you’re coming.

    Cost is $6 per girl* and includes a craft, snack and fun patch.
    *$5 of each admission is applied toward your daughter’s Girl Scout membership the day/evening of the event!  

    Registration events will be added, so check back for new locations!

    Sunday, October 9, 1-3 p.m.
    Grades K-8
    Girl Scouts Camp Catron (Inside the lodge!)
    609 N. 60th Rd., Nebraska City
    Register by Tuesday, October 4
    RSVP by email to Kayleigh Erskine or call 402.476.7539.

    Saturday, October 22, 9:30-11:30 a.m.
    Grades K-8
    Eastridge Presbyterian Church
    1135 Eastridge Dr., Lincoln
    Register by Monday, October 17
    RSVP by email to Kayleigh Erskine or call 402.476.7539.

  • Full STEAM Ahead: Plan an Incredible Year

    By Amanda Schmidt, Volunteer Development Specialist

    Calling all leaders, scientists, artists, campers and explorers! It’s time to start planning your NEXT amazing Girl Scout adventure. Have you ever wanted to build a roller coaster? Create your own app? Meet a local best-selling author? Now is your chance!  
    The NEW Annual Program Book is here! We’ve planned another amazing Girl Scout year just for you. We have programs on everything from the Total Solar Eclipse, gardening and engineering to artVenture, camps and travel opportunities. Invent, create and discover as you Build Your Future: Full STEAM Ahead!

    Grab your program book or go online and explore all the possibilities! Here are some awesome things we know you'll love:

      Build Your Future: Full STEAM Ahead is our new theme. STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math, so...

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  • Girls “Go Gold” and Change the World

    We are very proud of the eight Nebraska girls who this year, earned their Gold Award, the highest achievement in Girl Scouting. We celebrated their accomplishments at ceremonies this spring, and wanted to introduce you to these dedicated and compassionate young women, who have made the world a better place.

    Since 1916, millions of Girl Scouts have positively impacted their communities and the world with their creative and sustainable projects. As we mark the Gold Award’s Centennial, we invite you to join us as we “Celebrate 100 Years of Changing the World” and recognize the girls who did what it took to “Go Gold.”

    In case you didn’t know, the Gold Award is earned by girls in grades nine through 12, who demonstrate extraordinary leadership. Girls create what Girl Scouts of the USA refers to as a “Take Action” project; one that solves a community problem—not only in the short term, but for years to come.

    “Earning the Girl Scout Gold Award is not an easy task. It requires perseverance, skill, the creation of a plan and the execution of a Take Action project that addresses an issue important to that girl,” said Fran Marshall, Chief Executive Officer, Girl Scouts Spirit of Nebraska. “Gold Award recipients become members of an elite group of Girl Scouts who recognize that the award is not one celebratory moment, but a transformative step on the journey to becoming a respected young woman, who will use her talents to make the world a better place.”...

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  • Welcome to Our Website!

    We are proud to present our newest asset, created with you in mind! We hope you find this snazzy site easy to navigate and that your browsing experience is streamlined.

    Keep in mind that the information you need is STILL here! We just rearranged the furniture a little. Things might be in under a new header or dressed up a little differently. Can’t find something, let us know!

    Here are the TOP six things you need to know about this new site:

      The Volunteer Resources section is still a main feature, but reorganized to simplify the process of finding the things you need. Less words and more value! You’ll see your trainings, webinars, Safety Checkpoints, tools and the information that will enhance your Girl Scouting experience. Click around, you may discover resources you never knew existed! Look up! Forms now have their own page, and they’re easy to find on the TOP navigation bar of the home page. We’ve re-organized them in a way that makes form-finding a breeze! Looking for a digital copy of the Annual Program Book, the latest Juliette Gazette, e-Newsletters or the Volunteer Guide? Bookmark...

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  • Gold Award Girls Recognized with Special Honor

    There’s no denying that Girl Scouting is fun. Girls do cool things and build lifelong friendships. We also know that at every Girl Scout’s core, is the drive and commitment for making the world a better place.

    This spring, we honored three outstanding Nebraska Girl Scouts for taking action and making a sustainable difference in their communities and beyond!

    This year’s “Pat Meyer Nebraska Young Women of Distinction” was awarded to Hannah Wick of Pleasanton, Johnna Halsted of North Platte and Natalie Lingenfelter of Plainview during April’s Spirit of Nebraska annual meeting.

    These girls amaze us and make us proud!

    Hannah wanted to take a stand against bullying, so she took action in her school when planning her Gold Award project. She focused on how to create a chain reaction of care, kindness and compassion among students. She started a “Take a Walk for Kindness,” created and hung inspirational posters, went from classroom to classroom to talk about kindness, and invited female community leaders to speak about positivity and finding self-worth. Her chain reaction worked! Hannah saw a definite change in how her fellow students treated each other.

    Johnna drew from personal experience for her Gold Award project. When someone close to her lost a child to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), her compassion compelled her to educate her community about SIDS. Johnna made and distributed informational brochures to local doctors’ offi...

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  • Girl Scouts and OPD Clean up Omaha Parks

    Girl Scouts from North Omaha recently teamed up with the Omaha Black Police Officers Association to make the world a better place!

    Working with police officers and the Nebraska Watershed Network, Girl Scout Troop 84178 from Central Park Elementary beautified Fontenelle Park, while Troop 84281 from Sherman Elementary worked its magic at Levi Carter Park.

    At each park, the groups picked up trash and tested the pond or lake water as part of community service projects to protect the planet. Then, in true Girl Scout style, they roasted S’mores with police officers and celebrated a job well done!

    Both troops are part of a Girl Scouts Spirit of Nebraska initiative that brings Girl Scouting activities to girls living in metro areas classified as underserved. The Girl Scout council provides structure, volunteer support and financial assistance to girls who would otherwise not have the resources to participate.

    Our Community Outreach program gives EVERY Nebraska girl the opportunity to be a Girl Scout!

    The program is funded in part by the United Way of the Midlands and reflects both agencies’ efforts to create sustainable community solutions through collaboration.