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Want to know what you should be doing with your troop from month to month? Just need an idea for a simple craft or activity? Check out our collection of helpful and fun resources to make your Girl Scout year amazing. 

Helpful Resources

 
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Pinterest
The GSWPA Pinterest page is filled with fun and creative ideas for meeting activities and crafts, celebrating special Girl Scout days and traditions, having a successful cookie season and much more! 

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Volunteer Toolkit
The new online Volunteer Toolkit is a wonderful planning resource is for our Girl Scout Daisy, Brownie and Junior Troop Leaders. Check out this video, which demonstrates the power of this tool and how it will help adults and girls make the most of their Girl Scout Experience. 

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STEM Resources
It's so important to have Science, Technology, Engineering and Math be a part of a young girl's life, and these resources will give you some guidance.

Monthly Ideas and Things to Do

See below for a month-by-month guide to what happens during a typical Girl Scout year, including Girl Scout holidays and traditions, important dates and more! 

October
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October


Happy Birthday, Juliette! 
Celebrate Juliette Gordon Low's Birthday, also known as Founder's Day, on October 31. Celebrate her life and legacy through activities that keep her spirit alive! 

Keep the Fun Going!
Fun activities, games and printables are just a click away. Choose the age level you are interested in for an easy start to your Girl Scout year!

MagNut Program

Have your troop participate in our Fall Product Program to start getting funds for your troop. You can sell as little or as much as you'd like, in person or online! Learn more about the MagNut Program.   

Notable dates and celebrations: 
  • Breast Cancer Awareness Month - October
  • Adopt a Shelter Dog Month - October
  • Fire Prevention Week - Second week in October
  • Make a Difference Day - October 25
  • Juliette Gordon Low's Birthday/Girl Scout Founder's Day - October 31
  • Halloween - October 31
November and December
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November and December


Give Thanks, Give Back 
The holidays are the perfect time to show girls how important it is to give back to their communities. Here are a few ideas for how girls of all ages can contribute to helping others. Let the girls choose something that will be interesting to them and make them feel like they have made a difference.

  • Go to a nursing home and sing for the residents.
  • Organize a clean-up day at a local park, playground, or school.
  • Sew or knit hats for the homeless.
  • Organize a canned food drive or a pet supply drive.
  • Work with an organization serving people with disabilities.
  • Help out at a veterinary clinic, animal shelter or SPCA.

Our Volunteers Pinterest board has more ideas for ways to give back.

Notable dates and celebrations: 
Write-a-Friend Month - November
Native American Heritage Month - November
Young Readers Day - Second Tuesday of November
Veterans Day - Nov. 11
World Kindness Day - Nov. 12
Take a Hike Day - Nov. 17
Thanksgiving Day - Last Thursday of November
Pearl Harbor Day - Dec. 7
National Brownie Day - Dec. 8
International Children's Day - Second Sunday in December
 

January
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January


It's Girl Scout Cookie Time! 

Notable dates and celebrations: 
 
  • Martin Luther King Day - 3rd Monday of January
 
February
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February


World Thinking Day
On World Thinking Day, Feb. 22, Girl Scouts participate in activities and projects with global themes to honor their sister Girl Guides and Girl Scouts in other countries. Thinking Day not only gives girls a chance to celebrate international friendships, but also unites them to focus on one issue, or theme, to make the world a better place.

Notable dates and celebrations: 
  • Black History Month - February
  • Groundhog Day - Feb. 2
  • Valentine's Day - Feb. 14
  • President's Day - Third Monday of February
     
March
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March


Girl Scout Week and Birthday

Girl Scout Birthday, March 12, commemorates the day in 1912 when Juliette Gordon Low officially registered the organization's first 18 girl members in Savannah, Ga. Girl Scout Week is celebrated each March, starting with Girl Scout Sunday and ending with Girl Scout Sabbath on a Saturday, and it always includes the Girl Scout Birthday.

Notable dates and celebrations: 
  • Women's History Month - March
  • International Women's Day - March 8
  • St. Patrick's Day - March 17
April
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April


Girl Scout Leaders Day

Girl Scout Leader's Day, April 22, honors all the volunteers who work as leaders and mentors in partnership with girls. It also happens to coincide with National Volunteer Week, celebrated in mid- to late-April. Girls, their families, and communities should find a special way to thank their adult Girl Scout volunteers. Find fun thank you gift ideas for your Girl Scout Leader or special volunteers in your life on Pinterest.

Earth Day
Celebrate Earth Day on April 22 by doing a green project in your school or ommunity. See our  Earth Day Pinterest board  for ideas. 

Notable dates and celebrations: 
  • Keep America Beautiful Month - April
  • April Fool's Day - April 1
  • World Health Day - April 7
  • National Siblings Day - April 10
  • Holocaust Remembrance Day - April 16
May and June
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May and June


Bridging Ceremonies
 
Just like camp, cookies and community service, bridging is a longstanding tradition and an important part of the Girl Scout experience. Bridging is when girls are recognized for their achievements and look ahead to all the amazing new adventures that await at the next level of Girl Scouting.

Mother's Day and Father's Day 
Show our Girl Scout moms and dads how awesome they are! Check out Pinterest for plenty of special DIY gift ideas they'll love. 

Armed Forces Day, Memorial Day and Flag Day
Give girls a sense of pride! A flag ceremony is the perfect way to honor our national service holidays. Learn more about flag ceremonies and how to handle the American flag.

And be sure to check if your community is having a Memorial Day service or parade in which your troop can take part. 

Notable dates and celebrations: 

  • National Teacher Day - May 5
  • Mother's Day - Second Sunday in May
  • Armed Forces Day - May 16
  • Memorial Day - Last Monday in May
  • Flag Day - June 14
  • Father's Day - Second Sunday in June
  • Summer Solstice - June 21
July and August
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July and August


Camp
Camp season is in full swing! Check out our Camp Pinterest board for fun camp activities, crafts, campfire recipes and songs.

Back to Troop
It's time to start planning out your next Girl Scout year! 

  • Get back to basics and review the Girl's Guide to Girl Scouting for your troop's level. 
  • Make sure the girls in your troop have their uniforms ready and know how they should be worn. See the uniform diagram for information. 
Notable dates and celebrations: 
  • Independence Day - July 4
  • Family Fun Month - August
  • Friendship Week - Third Week of August
  • Friendship Day - First Sunday in August
  • Sisters Day  - First Sunday in August
  • National S'mores Day - Aug. 10
  • Women's Equality Day - Aug. 26
September
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September


Investiture Ceremony

An Investiture Ceremony welcomes new members, girls or adults, into the Girl Scout family for the first time. Girls receive their Girl Scout, Girl Scout Brownie, or Girl Scout Daisy pin at this time. Your ceremony can be casual or more formal. Consider including a flag ceremony and/or a candle light ceremony. Find ideas on how to do an Investiture Ceremony

Start your Journey! 
Journeys give structure and purpose to the Girl Scout experience, with girls setting goals and planning activities related to the Journey theme. If you haven't already, now is the time to explore and choose a Journey. Learn more about Journeys and how they work

 
Notable dates and celebrations: 
  • Hispanic Heritage Month - September
  • Labor Day - First Monday in September
  • Grandparents Day - First Sunday after Labor Day