Monday, October 27, 2014

New Patch Series from P.R.A.Y. BIBLE BASICS RP3 READ to PICTURE, PONDER, and PUT INTO ACTION

"Bible Basics RP3" is designed to help people GET INTO THE BIBLE. We firmly believe that time spent in the Bible can be precious time with God. 
  • Read Bible stories together with families, Sunday school classes, scout groups, grandparents ... anybody interested in the Bible!
  • Learn the RP3 model: 
       READ the Bible / PICTURE the story / PONDER the meaning /PUT IT INTO ACTION

  • For all ages (children, youth, and adults)
  • Patches focus on a simple object (i.e. water, birds, books, etc.) and include 3 Bible stories that feature that object.
  • The Good Book is the "anchor" patch and should be earned first to learn more about the Bible and why you should read it.
  • Patches are independent study units and may be earned in any order (after the anchor patch)
  • Patches are separate from the P.R.A.Y. awards and do not require an application/review process
  • Perfect for campouts or weekend retreats
  • Requirements are available now at no charge on the P.R.A.Y. website at www.praypub.org/biblebasics 
  • Patches (and pins!) will be available in the P.R.A.Y. online store
  • [Patches will be available starting Nov. 1st; Pins will be available Nov. 15th]

Join us for a BIBLE BASICS RP3 Webinar
Title:                    Bible Basics RP3
Audience:           Everybody interested in the Bible!
Presenter:          Deb Hazlewood, P.R.A.Y., Curriculum Development
Description:        Find out about the new patch series "Bible Basics RP3." The presentation will cover the requirements, overall design, ideas for implementation, future patches, and give ample time for Q&A.

Register now!
Tuesday, November 4, 2014 at 1:00 PM CENTRAL TIME
Thursday, November 13, 2014 at 7:00 PM CENTRAL TIME
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7014007136938572290

The Good Book
Story #1: The Lost Book
Story #2: Getting to 
Know the Bible
Story #3: Training for Godliness 

Out of the Water
 Story #1: Baby Moses
 in the River
 Story #2: Naaman Washing
 in the River
 Story #3: Jesus Baptized
 in the River
                            


Birds of the Air
Story #1: God Sends Ravens to Care for Elijah
Story #2: God Lifts Us up on Eagle's Wings
Story #3: God Cares for Sparrows

Tuesday, October 21, 2014


Volunteer: Invite a Friend


What could make volunteering with the Girl Scouts even more fun? Volunteering with a friend and getting rewarded for inviting them! We are so excited to announce that during the month of February our council is participating in a GSUSA Promotion, “I Can’t Wait To” Invite-a-Friend.

All current volunteers who Invite-a-Friend to start a new K-5th grade troop will receive a $50 gift code for the GSUSA online store, AND the new Troop Leader will receive free program materials! But besides the $50 discount code and free program materials, the GREATEST BENEFIT -the additional girls who will become part of Girl Scouting.  In order for us to continue to reach every girl we need to reach more volunteers like you who can help!

Picture your favorite Girl Scout memory…maybe when one of your Girl Scout Daisies realized that swimming wasn’t so scary with her Girl Scout sisters around…or the moment that your Girl Scout Cadette found her voice and stood up to peer pressure…or maybe when you realized that without YOU, those moments may not have happened. Don’t you want to invite a friend to make these moments happen, too?

So take some time to think of someone who would be an EXCELLENT Girl Scout Leader/role model and Invite them to join you and be a part of the Girl Scout Community! 

So, share your experience, recruit a friend, and get rewards!


Monday, September 29, 2014

The lifelong impact of Girl Scouts as told by Maria B.




The lifelong impact of Girl Scouts as told by Maria B. Thank you for sharing your story! 


This week I read a motivating article. The article posed the question, what would the eight year old you find shocking that the adult you wasn't doing? I thought for a few seconds when I read the article, the first thing that came to mind was scouting. I was a Girl Scout for ten years, from eight to eighteen. I earned the Gold Award. Then later in the week I serendipitously found out about a membership rally at Camp Choee; a place I have many, many fond memories of. I am lucky to be the mother of two wonderful girls. My oldest is now old enough to be a Daisy. I was so excited to be taking my daughters and husband to a Girl Scout event and more over, Camp Choee.

Returning to Camp Choee was exciting and emotional. There was, at the event, an exhibit of the Girl Scout uniform through the ages. I couldn't hold back the tears when I saw the junior uniform I wore. Not only the uniform, but in display were also the same badges I have in a special tin. My most prized possession.
The excitement and emotions made me reflect on my scouting experience. Scouting was one of the few constants during my childhood. My parents were divorced when I was a child. My family moved at least a dozen times. I changed schools about half a dozen times.
But I could always count on those Tuesday night meetings, my troop and my leader, Rosio Kemper. I made life long friends in my troop. Girl Scout troop 140. Three of us are still very good friends. We have always and will always be there for each other.
We camped, we traveled, we sold cookies, we made up skits and swaps. We dressed up, we made pyramids, we laughed until our stomachs hurt. We grew up, we got in trouble, we created, we learned life skills, camping skills and mad dancing skillz. We earned patches, badges and pins. We hiked, we picked up trash and we competed.
Some of the skills I thought I would never use again and then I became a national park ranger. My job for many years was taking 5th graders camping. I built campfires, set up tents, cooked and knot tied using the techniques I learned in Girl Scouts.
As a mother I want my daughters to be empowered, to have access to a wide range of activity options and to experience nature regularly. It is time for me to return to the Girl Scouts. I look forward to continuing my journey with this organization and empowering the next generation of Girl Scouts.

Friday, September 19, 2014

10 Reasons You "Otter" Take Part in Fall Product Program!

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1. 2. 3. 4. 5! Essential Skills
The Fall Product Program is a great introduction to running a business. When girls participates, they learn and practice the five skills:
goal setting
decision-making
money management
people skills
business ethics
6. Super Cool Rewards!
Girls love getting the rewards as much as we love giving them. Great patches, gift cards, backpacks, T-shirts  and even a chance to win tickets to cool shows or a cruiser bike!
7. Start Building Troop Funds NOW!
It’s a long time until we kickoff our 2015 cookie program and there is too much cool stuff to do right now. The fall product program gives you early start-up money you need to fund the fun through the fall.
8. Online Has Gotten Better!
New for 2014! Girls can offer Photo Keepsakes to their family and friends along with the magazines through their online ordering platform.
9. Tasty Offerings
We have a slew of delish treats to choose from!
10. Why not? It's a fun way to learn financial literacy and do it with your friends! #winning
Fall Product Program run Sept. 18 - Oct. 16- Let's GO!
Not yet a Girl Scout? No problem! Join or Volunteer today!  

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Local Girl Scout Making a Difference for Humankind

A 32 billion dollar global business is sure to draw some attention. It has captured the focus of a Girl Scout of Tropical Florida named Andrea Diaz-Ariza. “Teens Against Trafficking” is the Girl Scout Gold Award project for Andrea who is a member of Troop 532 and a 10th grader at Our Lady of Lourdes Academy. Andrea is doing her part to stop the world-wide epidemic of human trafficking.
 
Andrea has developed a teen-friendly presentation that educates the next generation on the facts of human trafficking and how to help prevent it. “By teaching teens that they truly can make a difference and help fight human trafficking, I hope that together we can all help reduce the number of victims in our community and in the world,” states Andrea. Her hometown of Miami, Florida is one of the largest cities in the United States affected by this form of modern slavery. Andrea is in the process of producing her presentation in Spanish and Creole to reach a larger audience within the multi-cultural Miami.

Others have taken notice of Andrea’s efforts. Recently, she appeared on NBC 6 South Florida’s, 6 in the Mix with Roxanne Vargas to promote her cause. The video replay can be found here. Andrea is a national semi-finalist for the Peace First Prize. She is the inspiration for the first Florida statewide Girl Scout Advocacy Conference taking place Presidents’ Day weekend 2014, and is a valuable member of the Girls’ Advisory Board. “Teens Against Trafficking” has earned Andrea her Girl Scout Gold Award, which is the highest level of achievement in Scouting.