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Girl Scout Days & Traditions

Traditions give Girl Scouts a sense of history—and inspire them to be the best they can be.

Sharing traditions with millions of Girl Scouts—and the huge network of Girl Scout alumnae who came before them—helps remind girls they belong to a big, powerful sisterhood.

Learn more about Girl Scout Traditions.

World Thinking Day - February 22


Every February 22 on World Thinking Day, 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.

Girl Scouts' birthday, Girl Scout Week, & Girl Scouts Celebrate Faith - Week of March 12

Girl Scouts' birthday

Girl Scouting was founded on March 12, 1912 by Juliette Gordon Low in Savannah, GA. Juliette gathered 18 girls from her cousin’s school and broke the conventions of the time—reaching across class, cultural, and ethnic boundaries to ensure all girls, including those with so-called disabilities, had a place to grow and develop their leadership skills.

  • Celebrate Girl Scout birthday by collecting and assembling  birthday bags for shelters, hopitals, senior living facilities, foster agencies, etc. Remember to always contact an organization to verify that they will be able to accept the donation. 

Girl Scouts Celebrate Faith

Girl Scout Week, the week in which Girl Scouts' birthday falls, is a time when we shout our Girl Scout pride from the rooftops! It’s also a time when many troops celebrate the connections between Girl Scouting and their faith, learn more about other faiths, and thank faith partners for their support throughout the year. Girls can join in the festivities on three specially designated dates (or a day of your choosing):

  • Girl Scout Sunday: Sunday, March 6, 2022 
  • Girl Scout Jummah: Friday, March 11, 2022 
  • Girl Scout Sabbath/Shabbat: Friday, March 11-Saturday March 12, 2022

Whether they participate in a worship service, plan an activity before or after the service, or organize a service project, your girls can honor those meaningful connections in lots of ways! Check out these resources to help you plan, promote, and carry out your event with your faith partner.

  1. Girl Scouts Celebrate Faith Flyers: Add your event details to these customizable flyers and ask your faith partner to share in their newsletter or bulletin.

    Girl Scout Sunday (English | Spanish)
    Girl Scout Jummah (English | Spanish)
    Girl Scout Sabbath (English | Spanish)
    Girl Scouts Celebrate Faith (English | Spanish)

  2. Sample Service Ideas: Encourage your girls to play an active role in your house of worship’s service! Work with your faith partner to select the best options for your event. (English | Spanish)

  3. Activities Tip Sheet: Try one of these activities before or after the worship service and during Girl Scout Week (check out the tips below for more!). As always, team up with your faith partner to find an option that works for everyone. (English | Spanish)

  4. PowerPoint Inserts: Customize these sample PowerPoint slides and ask if your faith partner can include them in a worship service slide show to promote your event. (English | Spanish)

  5. Sample Prayers: Share these sample Girl Scout-focused prayers and sample speech with your faith partner. Please work with your faith partner to identify the best options for your event. (English | Spanish)

  6. Graphics: Use these pre-made graphics on social media or in print to promote your event. (English and Spanish)

  7. Additional Event Resources
    Bulletin Insert Copy (English | Spanish)
    Email Copy (English Spanish)
    Website Copy (English | Spanish)
    Thank You Copy (English | Spanish)
     

Tips for Planning a Memorable Event
Here are some tips for planning your event. 

  • Work closely with your faith partner. Teaming up will help event planning and promotion go smoothly and deepen the connection between your troop and your faith partner.
  • Start early. Houses of worship will appreciate the extra time to incorporate your event into their worship schedule!
  • Include pre- and post-activities. Events before and after the worship service are a great way to share the benefits of Girl Scouting with faith families and give back to your faith partner. You might do a service project or host a cookie booth and/or cookies and punch reception after the service—check out the activities tip sheet for more ideas.
  • Promote your event. Spread the word through social media and neighborhood channels. Ask your faith partner to promote the event in their newsletters or bulletins.
  • Thank your faith partner after the event. Faith partners will appreciate a note of thanks after your event, especially one they can share with their community.

Learn more about Girl Scouts and faith.

Volunteer Appreciation - April & Leader's Day - April 22

Volunteer Appreciation Month - April

This April, we want girls to celebrate their Girl Scout volunteers by showering them with gratitude and appreciation. Check out great resources from GSUSA, including a digital group thank-you option and new printable thank you cards for older and younger girls.

And to all of our volunteers, you bring the power of Girl Scouting into girls’ lives and are the source of the Girl Scout experience. Thank you for your time, your work, and your unwavering commitment to create girls of courage, confidence, and character. By teaching her to make the world a better place, you’re doing it, too. Happy Volunteer Appreciation Month. You’re amazing!

Leader's Day - April 22
Girl Scout Leader's Day, April 22, honors all the volunteers who work as leaders and mentors in partnership with girls. Girls, their families, and communities should find a special way to thank their adult Girl Scout volunteers.

Girl Scout Spirit Celebration - September & Girl Scout Service Day - September 24

Girl Scout Spirit Celebration – September

You make the world a better place each and every time you act with kindness, serve your community, and share Girl Scouts with others. To you, it’s just living the Girl Scout Promise and Law, but your impact on the world around you is much, much bigger than that.

That’s why Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania is celebrating all it means to be a Girl Scout during our month-long Girl Scout Spirit Celebration throughout September—because we’re celebrating you!

Girl Scouts in our council who submit their 2022 Girl Scout Spirit activity card can win patches and prizes! When you complete six activities that are in a row (horizontally or vertically only), submit your card to enter. The first 100 submissions will receive a patch. Complete every activity for a cover-all! All cover-all cards will be entered for the chance to win a prize pack from council shops.

Templates and resources:
  • Troop Invite Slips: Ask your troop leader if you can invite a friend to your troop meeting. Then, print these slips and hand them out with a friendship bracelet or SWAP.
  • Thank You Flyer: Use these printable, fillable templates to create a thank you note for local businesses or organizations that support your higher award projects, your troop, or your service unit. Consider adding your own photo on the top for an extra personal touch!

Girl Scout Service Day

Mark your calendars—Girl Scouts Service Day, September 24!

As part of our month-long Girl Scout Spirit Celebration in September, Saturday, September 24 will be Girl Scout Service Day! Girl Scouts of all ages can make an impact in a big way by coming together as a council to benefit our local communities across western Pennsylvania.

Wear your can-do attitude and your vest, sash, or tunic as you join our council in our 5th annual Girl Scout Service Day. How do you participate? That's up to you! Take part in the community service project or activity of your choice! Let us know you’ll be there and pledge your participation today!

Have photos to share of your Service Day project? Submit them through our Girl Scout Memory Book.

Founder's Day - October 31


Juliette Gordon Low's Birthday, or Founder's Day, October 31, marks the 1860 birth of Girl Scouts of the USA founder Juliette Low in Savannah, Georgia. Juliette started the organization in 1912.


 

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2022 Printable Girl Scout Calendar

To help you stay organized, we've created this printable calendar with important Girl Scout dates, as well as national holidays and observances.      

Year at-a-glance calendar >