Celebrating Our History

Girl Scouts has a long and storied tradition of bringing girls together for fun, challenging experiences and spurring lifelong friendships. For more than 59 million women in America today, Girl Scouts is a cornerstone of their childhood (and adolescent) experience. Two GSGLA Cadette Girl Scouts are honoring Girl Scouts’ beloved place in our collective memory—for their Silver Award project, Olivia K. and Ciara D. of Troop 925 co-curated a Girl Scout history exhibit at the Santa Monica History Museum. We spoke with the girls to learn more about the exhibit which opens Tuesday, Jan. 24.


How did you get the idea for your exhibit, “The Journey of Girl Scouts: Empowering Young Women”?
The idea to make a Girl Scout exhibit was based off Ciara doing community service at the museum. After discussing what her Silver Award project should be with her troop leader, Gloria Halfacre, she decided it would be a great idea to let people know how important Girl Scouts is. She brought this idea to Olivia, a fellow Girl Scout. Together, we started planning out our Silver Award—which ended up becoming the Girl Scout history exhibit.

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Ciara and Olivia helped curate a Girl Scout history exhibit for their Silver Award project.

What were the most challenging parts of your project?
Gathering items and contacting people. To collect the items, we had to find out who had them and would be willing to donate them. We had to ask around for a while until we found people who—in addition to the GSGLA Heritage Committee—were willing to donate. Another challenge we faced was arranging time to pick up the items. We had to take time off of school and drive to multiple places.

What was the most interesting thing (or things) you learned over the course of your project?
We learned more about the rich history of Girl Scouts empowering young women. Girl Scouts isn’t just about selling cookies but about learning skills that you can use in the real world and we specifically learn about having confidence and believing in ourselves which we really think empowers women.

What do you hope your exhibit teaches people?
We hope that this exhibit shows people how far Girl Scouting has come, and that it really has a positive impact on girls’ lives.

How has Girl Scouts empowered you?
Girl Scout has shown us that if you really put your mind to a goal, you will be able to achieve it no matter what.


Thank you and congratulations, Olivia and Ciara!

Show your support for our Girl Scouts and visit “The Journey of Girl Scouts: Empowering Young Women” exhibit, on display from Tuesday, Jan. 24 through Wednesday, March 29 at the Santa Monica History Museum (1350 7th Street, Santa Monica, CA 90401). Visit the museum’s website for details on hours and tickets.

 

Girl Scouts Give Back

‘Tis the season for giving, but Girl Scouts know that spreading good cheer doesn’t stop once the decorations are stored away. Go-getter Girl Scouts roll up their sleeves and help those in need year-round—which means giving back to their communities comes naturally during the holidays.

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Multiple GSGLA troops are leading donation drives for One Warm Coat, a national nonprofit that works to provide free, warm coats for people in need. (The organization enables people to hold their own coat drive.) Starting in early November, Girl Scout Troop 565 spread the word about their coat collection—creating fliers and a press release, as well as making announcements at local schools and churches. The girls ended up receiving more than 350 coats, which they donated to the Union Rescue Mission. (Check out page six of the Palisades News Holiday Gift Guide for details.)

PV Peninsula Girl Scouts are contributing to the same heartwarming cause, with more than 100 troops collecting coats for One Warm Coat. Led by Troops 2275, 6405, and 7895, the Girl Scouts are donating their coats to Community’s Child, CalWORKs Domestic Violence Supportive Services in Carson, and LA Community Outreach Housing Foundation.

From coats to socks—the Girl Scouts of Troop 16184 along with West Covina Service Unit 422 held a sock drive during their holiday social this month. All attendees contributed socks, which are being donated to a local church shelter. (The girls are also gearing up to sing Christmas carols at a community event for West Covina Beautiful—talk about spreading holiday joy!)

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Girl Scouts practicing their Christmas carols in West Covina.

And more evidence that Girl Scouts improve their communities throughout the year: A number of girls from Troops 78394 and 11634 are continuing to support the Foothill Family Shelter after earning their Girl Scout Silver Award. They donated Thanksgiving baskets to the program’s holiday food drive.

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Girl Scouts donated holiday baskets to Foothill Family Shelter.

Plus, Kaitlyn M. of Troop 78394 created 32 gift bags for kids who attended the shelter’s Breakfast with Santa event—her second year in a row.

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Girl Scout Kaitlyn M.

The girls of Troop 78394 also created and delivered more than 100 Christmas cards to patients at the Rancho Cucamonga VA Clinic (seen below) and kids in juvenile hall.

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Keep up the good work, Girl Scouts! Remember to send photos of your volunteer projects and other community service events to photos@girlscoutsla.org. (Or, post them to social media and tag @GirlScoutsLA.) We’ll continue to highlight some of your stories right here on the GSGLA blog.