During the summer months, many girls decide they want to work in the community. In the new Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting, there is an award called the Community Service Bar that is available for Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors. In order to earn this award, a girl or troop should decide on a community partner that they would like to help with a service project. The next step is to contact their Council Troop Coordinator to get approval to work with their chosen partner. If the targeted community agency or organization agrees to partner in a project, they must also plan and supervise the troop/girl’s work to make sure the project results in a minimum of 20 hours time.
Is your dream home a decked-out mansion in the country or a chic city apartment? Whatever you choose, you can do your part to help keep the planet healthy by making energy-efficient choices!
A new digital program enables girls to design a house—from the outside in—and simultaneously see how green their decisions are. It’s a great tie to the Get Moving Journey for Juniors—and really to every Journey in the It’s Your Planet series. Get started now by clicking here.
Girl Scouts of all ages may earn the new Hungry for Health Patch. The program is designed to fight breast cancer by teaching girls about the importance of exercise and healthy eating.
A service project accompanying the patch includes teaching and preparing food from Hungry for Health, BeatCancer.org’s signature cookbook.
Need a new idea for your troop’s camp-out? Or a dynamite event that will freshen up things for your service unit? If so, then check out The Amazing Race Event Toolkit-now available by request!
Based on the popular TV show, The Amazing Race is a team-based event that teaches problem solving and cooperation through scavenger hunt activities and skill builders. It can be used as an event for troops, service units, or day camps, and works for 10 to over 100 girls.
The Amazing Race Toolkit contains event instructions, scorecards, token art and all the supporting information you need to host a successful event. The toolkit is available for you on a CD (all files included) or in a paper packet if you need one.
Contact Amanda Meade at 800-474-1912 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Your troop now has the opportunity to earn the council’s new patch created for Girl Scouts’ 100th Anniversary called “Your Girl Scout Story.” Troop leaders may go to the council shop at their local service center to check out wheelies (suitcases on wheels) containing all the program resources needed to earn the patch. Wheelies include a vintage uniform and handbook, a 1918 silent movie about Girl Scouts called the “The Golden Eaglet” on DVD, and a leader information booklet. (Leaders may check out just the DVD and make copies of the leader information booklet.) A $20 deposit is required to check-out a wheelie or borrow the DVD.
A committee from the Museum at Daisy’s Place developed the patch requirements and gathered the resources for the wheelies.
See patch requirements for the Daisy level of “Our Girl Scout Story.”
See patch requirements for the Brownie level of “Our Girl Scout Story.”
See patch requirements for the Junior level of “Our Girl Scout Story.”
See patch requirements for the Cadette, Senior, and Ambassador levels of “Our Girl Scout Story.”
Private Transportation Policies for Girl Scout Troop Leaders
Unfortunately, the council does not have a fleet of vehicles for use by volunteers for troop activities. The two council-owned vans can certainly be used for council-sponsored activities and driven by council staff. Because we do not have fleet vehicles for use by troops and service units, or the infrastructure to manage and assure safety of vehicles for Girl Members, we would like to share some discounts available to Girl Scout troops when renting a vehicle for activities through Enterprise Rent-A-Car.
Girl Scout Activities and Enterprise Rent-A-Car
Troops may use national Girl Scout discounts when renting vehicles for Girl Scout approved activities. Please remember that as a troop leader, you are responsible for following the procedures and regulations for renting vehicles as outlined in the GSCSA Volunteer Essentials (chapter 4). http://www.girlscoutcsa.org/leaders/leader-resources/volunteer-essentials
Private transportation includes private passenger vehicles, rental cars, privately owned, or rented recreational vehicles and campers, chartered buses, chartered boats, and chartered flights. Each driver of motorized private transportation must be at least 21 years old and hold a valid operator’s license appropriate to the vehicle—state laws must be followed, even if they are more stringent than the guidelines here. Anyone who is driving a vehicle with more than 12 passengers must also be a professional driver who possesses a commercial driver’s license (CDL). Call 1-800-474-1912 to speak to a customer service representative at the council office to determine specific rules about renting large vehicles.
Please keep in mind the following non-negotiable points regarding private transportation:
Even though written agreements are always required when renting or chartering, you are not authorized to sign an agreement or contract—even if there is no cost associated with the rental. Such an agreement must instead be signed by the person designated by the council. (Call 1-800-474-1912 to speak to a customer service representative at the council office.)
Call 1-800-474-1912 to speak to a customer service representative at the council office to make sure you are following accepted practices when using private transportation; this ensures that both you and the council are protected by liability insurance in the event of an accident.
If the council has given permission to use a rented car, read all rental agreements to be sure you comply with their terms and avoid surprises. Note the minimum age of drivers (often 25), as well as the maximum age (often under 70). Be sure the car is adequately insured, knowing who is responsible for damage to or the loss of the vehicle itself. Also, ensure you have a good paper trail, with evidence that the vehicle rental is Girl Scout–related.
Obtain parent/guardian permission for any use of transportation outside of the meeting place.
To rent from Enterprise
1. Go to http://www.enterprise.com
2. Under section 3 go to the field titled “Optional: Coupon, Customer, or Corporate Number” and enter the Contract ID: “XZNCGSA”
3. Enter the first three (3) letters of your national organization’s full name. GIR
The rates for Girl Scouts are below (additional surcharges, local taxes, etc. may apply):
|Economy||Chevy Aveo or similar||$ 40.77 USD / day
$ 45.89 USD Total
|Compact||Nissan Versa, Toyota Yaris or similar||$ 42.39 USD / day
$ 47.72 USD Total
|Intermediate||Toyota Corolla, Nissan Sentra or similar||$ 44.00 USD / day
$ 49.53 USD Total
|Standard||Ford Fusion or similar||$ 47.26 USD / day
$ 53.20 USD Total
|Full Size||Chevy Impala, Nissan Altima, Dodge Charger or similar||$ 50.50 USD / day
$ 56.85 USD Total
|Premium||Buick Regal or similar||$ 77.09 USD / day
$ 86.79 USD Total
|Luxury||Cadillac DTS, Lincoln Towncar or similar||$ 96.09 USD / day
$ 108.19 USD Total
|Minivan||Chrysler Town and Country, Dodge Grand Caravan or similar||$ 87.91 USD / day
$ 98.97 USD Total
|Intermediate SUV||Ford Escape, Jeep Liberty or similar||$ 74.01 USD / day
$ 83.33 USD Total
|Standard SUV||Jeep Grand Cherokee, or similar||$ 81.61 USD / day
$ 91.88 USD Total
|Large SUV||GMC Yukon, Chevy Tahoe, Ford Expedition, or similar||$ 129.11 USD / day
$ 145.36 USD Total
|Pickup Truck||Chevy Colorado, Dodge Dakota or similar||$ 38.94 USD / day
$ 43.84 USD Total
|Large Pickup||Chevy Silverado, Ram 1500 Crew Cab, or similar||$ 38.94 USD / day
$ 43.84 USD Total