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National Volunteer Month 2020

Girl Scout Holidays

In our 100+ year history, Girl Scouts have developed traditions, ceremonies, and special days to celebrate Girl Scouting.

Girl Scout Leader's Day: April 22

It’s time to celebrate our volunteers! Girl Scout Leader’s Day is the time to thank your troop leader for all the work she has done and for all the help she has given you.

National Volunteer Month: April
National Volunteer Week: April 19-25
Girl Scout Leader’s Day: April 22

Things may look and feel very different right now, but what hasn’t changed is the outsized impact you continue to have on girls’ lives. When you take the lead as a volunteer, girls discover that they too can take on leadership roles and change the world.

That's why National Volunteer Month is so near and dear to our hearts. Every April, we celebrate the powerful, life-changing contributions our volunteers make to Girl Scouts all year long. No matter what the world throws at us, you are the ones who keep the Girl Scout spirit strong—and whatever you bring to Girl Scouts at this time, your efforts are incredible and appreciated. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!

Additionally, every year on April 22—Girl Scout Leader’s Day—we give extra kudos to you. Troop leaders: we love you, and we’re forever grateful to you for being the role models girls look up to, especially in challenging times like these.

Families and Girl Scouts, share the love!
For all of April, show your favorite Girl Scout volunteers, like your troop leader or your cookie manager, how much they mean to you. Even if you can’t see them in person right now, here are a few ways to show you care:

  • Call or video chat with them!
  • Personalize one of our predesigned card templates, one for younger girls and one for older girls. Add a straight-from-the-heart message then text or email it to your volunteer/s. They’ll love hearing how they’ve made a difference in your life!
  • Looking to get everyone in on the fun? Consider sending a digital group thank-you via Kudoboard! Each troop member and her family can share a message, photo, or video on your volunteer’s thank-you board. Kudoboard has been officially licensed for a limited time by Girl Scouts of the USA . Use promo code girlscouts2020 to unlock unique Girl Scout backgrounds and get the following discounts:
  1. Mini board (up to 10 signers, FREE)
  2. Premium board (up to 100 signers, $4.99
  3. Milestone board (unlimited signers, can play as slide show, $6.99)
  • Surprise them with something special! Throughout April, you can use code VOLUNTEER2020 * to get a 10% discount plus free shipping from the Girl Scout Shop, and bring a smile to your volunteer’s face with a thoughtful token of your appreciation. *Code is active April 1–April 30, 2020, for a 10% discount and free shipping from girlscoutshop.com. The code is for one-time use per customer, online only at girlscoutshop.com.
  • During National Volunteer Week (April 19–25), share across your social channels what makes your favorite volunteer (or volunteers!) so special to you—everyone could use something cheerful in their feed! And remember to tag @girlscouts and use #NVW2020 so we can follow the love!

  • Recognize your leader(s) for the great work she/he does for your Girl Scout troop! The Skyline Star Leader Award recognizes a troop leader for completion of requirements for membership and leadership. The recipient will be listed in the council’s permanent files and will receive a lapel pin and attractive certificate signed by our council president as well as the CEO of Virginia Skyline. The Skyline Star Leader Award can be given at any time; there is no deadline for nominations. Urge your parents/caregivers/troop mates to complete an application with the necessary information today!
Founder's Day/Juliette Low's Birthday: October 31

On Founder's Day, Girl Scouts across the country honor the birthday of our founder, Juliette Low. This day marks the birth of Girl Scouts of the USA’s founder Juliette Low in Savannah, Georgia, in 1860. Do as Juliette did and stand on your head to celebrate her birthday!

A Brief Biography of Juliette Low
The Golden Eaglet (old Girl Scout movie)
Girl Scout History Timeline
All About Juliette Low Quiz Fun
Girl Scout Founder’s Day Troop Ideas (GSVSC Pinterest Board)
Juliette Low Birthday Fun Patches (online Girl Scout store)

World Thinking Day: February 22

Thinking Day has become a day for Girl Scouts and Girl Guides all over the world to think about one another. Each year on February 22, girls participate in activities and projects with global themes to honor their sister Girl Guides and Girl Scouts in other countries. It is a special day in the Girl Scout year when we remember we are part of a worldwide movement through the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS). Celebrated since 1926, World Thinking Day is a day of international friendship, speaking out on issues that affect girls and young women, and fundraising for 10 million Girl Guides and Girl Scouts around the world. 

What Do We Do on World Thinking Day?

  • Be inspired by the history and impact of our global Movement.
  • Connect with the worldwide sisterhood of Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting.
  • Take action and speak out on issues we most care about.
  • Make a difference by fundraising for projects around the world.

World Thinking Day 2020 Theme: Living Threads
On 22 February put equity and inclusion into practice and celebrate the diversity in our Movement! Check out the World Thinking Day 2020 badge!

Donate to the World Thinking Day Fund
A tradition since 1932, the World Thinking Day Fund collects pennies and coins from members around the world, to support their fellow Guides and Scouts. All donations help fund WAGGGS activities and are used where the need is greatest in our global Movement.

Donate to the Juliette World Friendship Fund
Support international opportunities for girls and young women by contributing to the Juliette Low World Friendship Fund.

World Thinking Day Awards & Activities
World Thinking Day 2020 Activity Pack (WAGGGS)
World Thinking Day Fund (WAGGGS)
Penpals (WAGGGS)
Global Action Badge/Award (Girl Scouts of the USA)
World Thinking Day Badge (Girl Scouts of the USA)
World Thinking Day Ideas (on GSVSC Pinterest board)

Order Awards
World Thinking Day 2020 Award (GSUSA, $3, worn on front of vest/sash)
2020 Global Action Badge (GSUSA, $3, worn on front of vest/sash)
World Thinking Day 2020 Badge (WAGGGS)

Girl Scout Week & Girl Scouts' Birthday: March 12

On March 12, 1912, the first Girl Scout Troop meeting in the United States was held in Savannah, Georgia. Girl Scouts celebrate this anniversary of the first troop meeting for an entire week. The week in which March 12 falls is recognized as Girl Scout Week. The beginning of the week starts Girl Scout Sunday and the last day ends with the Girl Scout Sabbath.

Girl Scout Birthday: March 12
The Girl Scout Birthday on March 12 commemorates the day in 1912 when Juliette Gordon Low officially registered the organization’s first 18 girl members in Savannah, Georgia. This year, 2020, represents our 108th birthday!

Girl Scout Sunday (Christian): March 8, 2020
Girl Scout Sabbath/Shabbat (Jewish): March 13-14, 2020
Girl Scout Jummah (Muslim): March 13, 2020
Girl Scout Sunday, Sabbath/Shabbat, and Jummah give girls an opportunity to attend their place of worship and be recognized as Girl Scouts. If a place of worship is the group sponsor, girls may perform a service, such as greeting, ushering, or doing a flag ceremony. These days can also be a time when girls explore other faiths.

Girl Scout Week Patches
Girl Scout Week Patch (worn on back of sash/vest): $1.75
Girl Scout Birthday Patch (worn on back of sash/vest): $1.50
Girl Scout Sunday Patch (worn on back of sash/vest): $1.75
Girl Scout Sabbath Patch (worn on back of sash/vest): $1.75
Girl Scout Shabbat Patch (worn on back of sash/vest): $1.75
Girl Scout Jummah Patch (worn on back of sash/vest): $1.75

Girl Scout Sunday/Sabbath Materials
Girl Scout Sunday & Sabbath Service Ideas (includes various faith prayers)
Christian Faith Responsive Reading of the Girl Scout Law
Girl Scout Religious Recognitions Info Sheet
My Promise-My Faith Pins Info Sheet
Girl Scout Sunday Speech (girl example)

Girl Scout Sunday/Sabbath Bulletin Insert
2020 Bulletin Insert

To order, contact info@gsvsc.org or 540-777-5100. 
(ONLY FOR GS OF VIRGINIA SKYLINE MEMBERS)

Please include the following information with your order:
1. Name & Troop# or Service Unit
2. Date Needed By
3. Email PDF for own printing OR Mail to Address
4. Total Quantity
5. Your Personalizations: troop # and place of worship name