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    Centennial Patch Program

    Adult Packet

    The Centennial Patch Program celebrates 100 years of Girl Scouting in Colorado.

    The center patch is surrounded by add-on topics. Each topic has suggested Discover, Connect and Take Action activities. To earn an add-on, girls must complete at least one activity from each Discover, Connect, and Take Action area.

    Girls will earn the corresponding add-on for each additional topic completed.

    The patch and activity add-ons may be purchased from the GSCO Council Shop. To order yours, contact 303-607-4880 or [email protected]

    Each add-on contains suggested resources that will help girls in completing requirements of this patch.

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    1. Girl Scouts of the USA History

    Discover: • Research and explore Girl Scouts history.

    Girl Scout website – girlscouts.org, About Girl Scouts, Our History Girl Scout Collector’s Guide – Mary Degenhardt and Judith Kirsch Highlights in Girl Scouting 1912 – 2001, 2002 – 2008 Years of Transformation -- GSUSA Girl Scouts – A Celebration of 100 Trailblazing Years -- Betty Christiansen

    Paper Doll Books On My Honor – Katherine Hunt –Texas Tech University Press When’er You Make a Promise -- Katherine Hunt –Texas Tech University Press Helping Hands -- Katherine Hunt –Texas Tech University Press

    Where, by whom and why was Girl Scouts started in the United States? How has it changed since its early days? How has it stayed the same? Find out about Girl Scouts' special days and why they are important: October 31, February 22, and March 12.

    Girl Scout website – girlscouts.org -- About Girl Scouts -- Traditions (Scout Days) Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting -- Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) – each age level

    Connect: • Compare the current Promise & Law with one from the past.

    How is it the same? How is it different? Books in a Bag Resource available in areas – (Brownie, Junior, Older Girl, and Vintage handbooks 1912 – 1963) - Each bag contains a variety of books. Highlights in Girl Scouting 1912 – 2001, and 2002 – 2008 Years of Transformation -- GSUSA

    • Girl Scouts of the USA is one of 146 countries of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS). Look at the WAGGGS website - www.wagggs.org then click on Our World.

    Look at a number of the countries listed to see how their Promise and Law compares to your Promise and Law. Are there similarities and differences, if so what?

    Take Action: • Use old Girl Scout handbooks/badge books to compare badges and activities of the past.

    Try some activities suggested in old handbooks. Try to earn a badge from the past.

    • Find a way to share your knowledge with others. Choose one the methods below or create your own:

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    Create a game. Create a scavenger hunt. Make a Power Point presentation. Create a skit. Develop a scrapbook. Translate what you discovered into an art display. Submit a copy of your plans to Girl Scouts of Colorado History Center at [email protected]

    2. Founder Facts My purpose... to go on with my heart and soul, devoting all my energies to Girl Scouts, and heart and hand with them, we will make our lives and the lives of the future girls happy, healthy and holy.

    Juliette Gordon Low


    • Learn about Girl Scout founder, Juliette Gordon Low. Girl Scout website –girlscouts.org About Girl Scouts – Juliette Low

    Biographies – Juliette Gordon Low, The Remarkable Founder of the Girl Scouts - Stacy Cordery

    Lady of Savannah - Gladys Schultz and Daisy Gordon Lawrence Juliette Gordon Low – America’s First Girl Scout -- Kathleen Kudlinski

    Juliette Low , Girl Scout Founder -- Helen Boyd Higgins Daisy and the Girl Scouts – The Story of Juliette Gordon Low -- Fern Brown Here Come the Girl Scouts -- The Amazing All-true Story of Juliette “Daisy” Gordon Low and Her

    Great Adventure -- Shana Corey Juliette Low -- Susan Aller First Girl Scout – The Life of Juliette Gordon Low -- Ginger Wadworth Juliette Low, Founder of the Girl Scouts of America -- Pace, Mildred Madstin Juliette Gordon Low and Historic Georgia -- Merana Cadorette Daisy Low – Story of Juliette Gordon Low - Comic Book

    • What can you find out about her relationships with her family and friends? • What were her hobbies, interests and pets? • Research the Birthplace of Girl Scouting in the U.S.A. – Savannah, Georgia.

    www.girlscouts.org/visit us www.juliettegordonlowbirthplace.org


    • Visit a travel agency or search online for the location of other historic Girl Scouts sites in Savannah, Georgia.

    Where is Juliette Low buried? Where is the camp where she held meetings?

    • Juliette Low was a painter and made a self-portrait as well as learned how to make iron gates.

    Visit a painter and ask how to make a self-portrait, or visit a metal shop to see how iron gates

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    are made. Try an activity that Juliette would have enjoyed, such as, sculpting in clay, china painting, oil painting, dramatics, drawing or writing stories.

    Take Action; • Play the action game How it all Began, the story of the beginning of Girl Scouts with Juliette

    Low with a troop in your school or at an event in your area.

    • Create a short play or skit telling how Juliette Low formed the first Girl Scout troop and share it with other troops or families.

    • Juliette Low’s Kim’s Game tells the life of Juliette Low and the beginning of Girl Scouts in the United States. Share your knowledge of the history of Girl Scouts with another troop using Kim’s game activity.

    • The Flat Juliette project is a pen-pal activity that promotes literacy and international friendship. Make a Flat Juliette. Take her around your community or state as you explore new activities where you can tell friends, families and the community what fun you are having in Girl Scouts because Juliette began this organization more than 100 years ago.

    A quote from Juliette Gordon Low

    When I returned to the States and wanted to start the Girl Scouts, I knew I needed some help. The first woman I approached tried to tell me she wasn't interested. I pretended that my deafness prevented me from hearing her refusals. And told her, "Then that's settled. I've told my girls you will take the meeting next Thursday." I never heard a word of argument from her again!

    A funny story about Juliette Gordon Low

    The Wrong Fish I was out trout fishing one night and felt a tug on my line. I fought hard for quite a while to try and "land" my catch. What I didn't realize was that I hadn't hooked a fish - rather, I had hooked one of my guests straight through the ear. I was too deaf to hear his screams, and I was so determined to land the "fish" I never noticed that it was a human being instead.

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    3. Uniforms

    The Girl Scout uniform is a symbol of the largest voluntary organization of girls in the world. Wearing the uniform makes members easily identifiable to each other and to the public, fosters a feeling of unity among members and reinforces the sense of belonging to a Movement that includes 10 million members in 146 countries.

    Girl Scout Uniforms Through the Years, GSUSA

    Why have a Uniform? It gives a certain prestige in the community, When a girl is seen in uniform people recognize her as a girl who is courteous and obliging (for her duty is at all times to help others). The uniform put every girl on the same footing: no finery may be worn by one girl which will excite the envy of another, it saves the girl’s good clothes and makes a useful dress for her to work and play in at meetings. –

    Cut of the Cloth -A Brief History of the Girl Scout Uniform from 1912 – 1999, GSUSA

    Discover: • Girl Scouts is a uniformed organization.

    What is the benefit of girls and adults wearing uniforms as they participate in activities?

    • Uniforms were not only worn to meetings and activities but also at camp.

    Research GSUSA catalogs to see what camp uniforms looked like. What colors were they?

    Girl Scout Inventory Sheets for Historic Uniforms by National Historic Preservation Center (NHPC)-GSUSA Cut of the Cloth – A Brief History of the Girl Scout Uniform - from 1912 -1999. – GSUSA 1999 Website of GSUSA catalogs through the years --- www.gscatalogs.com


    • Compare past uniforms for girls and adults with those currently worn by Girl Scouts. Website of GSUSA catalogs through the years --- www.gscatalogs.com Parade tub from GSCO History Center Fashion Show tub from GSCO History Center

    • Describe the similarities and differences in the design, cost, quality, color, etc. Blue to Khaki (dye was unavailable --- also grey green – outdoor oriented – and less militaristic etc.) Fabric – cotton, wool, rayon, polyester, acrylic, and blends Designers - Mainbocher, Stella Stout, Bill Blass, Halston Practicality -- To keep contemporary, social, economic, flattering for all ages Placement of waistlines, hem lengths, hats, bloomers to dresses, pant suits

    • What were the primary factors for changes made to uniforms over the years?

    Lack of materials needed for the war effort such as metal buttons were replaced by bone or plastic and zippers in areas were changed to buttons.

    Take Action:

    • Have a fashion show with a script. Contact the GSSCO History Center to check out vintage uniforms. Put your request in early!

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    • Check out Girl Scout vintage uniforms to perform at flag ceremonies, parades or other community events.

    • Draw, paint or make an outfit to show what girls in your age level might wear in 50 years. Share your illustrations and information that you have learned with other troops.

    4. Girl Scouts of Colorado History

    Discover: • Girl Scouts of Colorado (GSCO) is a realignment of five legacy councils within the state.

    What were the names of these legacy councils? What name(s) did the legacy council in your area have before becoming Girl Scouts of Colorado? On a map of Colorado, chart where these legacy councils were located. In what year did the legacy councils become chartered by Girl Scouts of the USA?

    • Girl Scouts of Colorado have several camps within the state. In which legacy councils are the camps located? www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/.../Outdoor%20Properties%20Training.pdf Legacy Councils – Mountain Prairie, Mile- Hi, Wagon Wheel, Columbine, Chipeta Camp properties -- Meadow Mountain Ranch, Pawnee Lodge, Twisted Pine, Tomahawk Ranch, Sky High Ranch, Hamp Hut, Lazy Acres, Magic Sky Ranch.

    • Where and when was the first Girl Scout troop formed in Colorado?

    Connect: • Schedule a visit to the Girl Scouts of Colorado History Center in Loveland, Colorado

    Contact – [email protected]

    Ask a History Committee volunteer why the Center collects Girl Scout artifacts and books. Talk to a History Committee volunteer and find out at least three new things about the history of Girl Scouts of Colorado Council.

    Contact – [email protected]

    • In what city is the Girl Scouts of Colorado (GSCO) main headquarters located?

    • What other cities have GSCO offices?

    • Visit the Girl Scouts of Colorado Council Shop and identify items that represent different areas of the Council.

    Take Action: • Brainstorm what your group might do to keep Girl Scouts of Colorado history alive.

    • Work with sister Girl Scouts to share what you learn and your vision for the future and present it to a member of the Membership Connection Committee.

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    5. Colorado Girl Scouts Evolution

    Discover: • Identify three women in your town/city/area who were or are Girl Scouts.

    • Ask a leader how she receives information on activities and programs available to your troop.

    • Find out who in the Council makes the decisions about programs, camps, cookies.

    Connect: • Interview the women that you identify and share oral histories about their experiences in Girl

    Scouts. Profile sheets are available from the Girl Scouts of Colorado History Center or by email at [email protected] These contain questions that maybe helpful when interviewing. Here are some starter questions to consider:

    When were you a Girl Scout? What level of Girl Scouting did you achieve? (e.g. Daisy, Brownie, Senior, etc.) Where did your troop/group meet and what kinds of activities did you do? Did you go to Girl Scout camp? If so, where? What is your fondest memory of Girl Scouting? Did being a Girl Scout influence the kind of adult you are today? In what way? Why is Girl Scouting still important today? Is there anything else you would like to share?

    • Send a copy of the completed form or a copy of your interview summary to History Committee by email at [email protected] to be added to the council’s oral history file.

    • Talk to a staff member to find out what she/he does for Girl Scouts of Colorado to help you have the best Girl Scout experience.

    Take Action: • Identify the best ways to share the stories you discover with your community.

    Consider writing an article for your local paper or creating a visual display to put up at your local library or school.

    • Share the history statewide at http://gscblog.org/share.

    6. Girl Scout Camp

    Being outside is a great way for girls to explore leadership, build skills, and develop a deep appreciation for nature. Whether they spend an afternoon exploring a local hiking trail or a week at camp, being outside gives girls an opportunity to grow, explore, and have fun in a whole new environment. Girl Scouts of Colorado Volunteer Essentials

    Discover: • Investigate what Girl Scout camping was like in 1917, 1942, 1967 and 1992.

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    View the video Golden Eaglet – available on YouTube

    How was camping similar and/or different from today? What kind of activities did they do? What kind of equipment did they use? What sort of bedding was used for sleeping? What kind of food did they eat?

    • What are the names of the Girl Scout Camping properties located in Colorado and where are they located? What types of activities are available at each of the camps? (tent camping, horseback riding, boating, troop camping, resident camps, special events, etc.)

    • Girls can also experience camping activities at Day Camps.

    Research communities where girls have the opportunity to participate in a Day Camp. What is the theme of the Day Camp for this year? Do all have the Day Camps have the same theme? Which one would you like to attend and why? girlscoutsofcolorado.org/camp – Take me to summer camp

    • Leave No Trace is an important aspect of camping or being outdoors.

    Learn the seven principles of Leave No Trace. Found in GSCO’s Volunteer Essentials girlscoutsofcolorado.org/volunteer/forms-and-resources/gettingoutdoors

    Connect: • With a group do an activity that may have been done on a camping trip in the past.

    Use or make a piece of equipment from the past. Try to make a bedroll. Laying and following a trail Knot tying Prepare camp food using a recipe from the past. Outdoor Education in Girl Scouting – GSUSA Cooking Out of Doors Cookbook -- GSUSA Handbooks from each age level from previous years

    • Find at least two nature activities in one of the handbooks of the past and complete them. Vintage books are available from Girl Scouts of Colorado History Center or from your Regional Service Center

    Take Action: • Identify the best ways to merge old and new camp programs by developing your own

    outline for a camp program.

    • Create a display about camping for your school or library, or create a webpage with your

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    • Design a program plan for a Girl Scout campout.

    • Go camping for a day or overnight and practice the principles of Leave No Trace.

    7. Outdoor Connections Outdoor program is a cornerstone of Girl Scouting. Girls are invited to participate in a variety of existing, organized educational or service projects, or design their own experience or project.

    Discover: • Recently the National Park Service celebrated its 100th anniversary.

    Visit a park’s website to learn about its history; the natural, cultural or historical resources it protects; and the activities that parks offer, such as hiking, biking, wildlife watching, and guided interpretive tours.

    • On a map of Colorado, pinpoint the areas where there are National Parks and Monuments, State Parks and even County Parks that you might visit. What activities do they have to offer such as campsites, hiking trails, boating, etc.?

    Is there a cost to visit the site(s)?

    • Research your community to see what outdoor agencies or stores offer outdoor programs for youth. State Division of Wildlife, Environmental Learning Centers, State Parks Department, etc.

    Connect: • The National Parks have a special Girl Scouts Ranger Program. Contact the nearest

    National Park to find out the requirements for the program and the special Patch.

    Find out how earning this patch might show you how to get involved with the National Park Service.


    • Invite someone from a community outdoor group to visit your troop. Prepare questions to ask the representative about what she/he does.

    • Make a list of all the things you would like to do outdoors whether it camping, sports (winter or summer) or environmental education or a recreational program.

    For each item you have listed, make a resource list of where/who you could talk to in order to learn the needed equipment and what sort of training would be required before participating in the activity.

    Take Action:


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    • Once all the plans are set up, go and have fun with the Girl Scout Ranger Program!

    • Ask the Department of Wildlife if they could share their Outdoor programs at and event you planned to educate others about what they do for people of the state. or

    maybe they can help you find an organization in your area to put on an outdoor program.

    • Work with a local outdoor organization to help them complete a Take Action Project.

    8. Songs and Games

    Songs and games have been an important part of the Girl Scout meetings, camp settings, and at events and celebrations.

    Discover: • Make a list of the different types of songs.

    Graces, Action Songs, Rounds, Patriotic, Folk Songs, Original Girl Scout Songs, songs from other countries

    • Research songs that have been used at different events. Girl Scout Pocket Songbook – GSUSA Sing Together – GSUSA Brownie Songbook -- GSUSA Sing a Mile Hi -- Girl Scouts Mile Hi Our Chalet Songbook World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) Canciones de Neustra Cabana -Our Cabana Songbook -- WAGGGS Pax Lodge Songbook -- GSUSA Sangam Songbook -- GSUSA Individual Handbooks from past years

    • Make a list of your favorite song for each of the categories listed above.

    • Make a list of different kinds of indoor and outdoor games played. Quiet, active, guessing, relay, nature, wide games, individual or team games

    Game books Games for Girl Scouts -- GSUSA Individual Handbooks from past years

    Connect: • Attend a song workshop or design and build a game.

    Girl Scouts of Colorado Songbirds Choir led by Penny Roberts [email protected] or (970) 577-2027 or (970) 586-1775.

    • There are many Cadette, Senior or Ambassador Girl Scouts who are Program Aides (PAs) with a focus on songs and games.

    Invite one or two PAs to visit your troop and teach you songs.

    Take Action: • Create and lead a song workshop for younger girls.

    • Write your own Girl Scout song in celebration of the Girl Scout of Colorado’s e 100th

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    • Sing with a large group around a real or imaginary campfire.

    • Teach other girls a game you enjoy playing.

    9. S’more About Money Earning Helping girls decide what they want to do and coaching them as they earn and manage money to pursue their goals, is an integral part of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience. Girl Scouts of Colorado Volunteer Essentials


    • The Fall Sale is an opportunity for troops to earn money for their start up activities before the cookie sale. What are the five skills will you learn if you participate in the Fall Product sale? Goal Setting, Making Decisions, Money Management, People Skills, Social Skills Responsibilities, Speaking Up.

    • The Girl Scouts cookie program is a fundamental piece of Girl Scout programming. Why/How did this program become a cornerstone for Girl Scouts? Who made the first Girl Scout Cookies? When did the program begin? How many companies have made Girl Scout Cookies? How many make them today? What are the requirements for selling cookies? Why do you participate in the cookie program? If you don’t participate, why not? girlscouts.org/cookies

    • Make a list of the ways troops are able to earn money other than the two Council sponsored sales (Fall Sale and Cookies). What are the guidelines that need to be followed in order to participate in money-earning activities?

    Connect: • Talk to other troops about the Fall Sale and cookie program.

    What value does the cookie program bring to their Girl Scout experience? Share your story at: http://gscoblog.org/share/

    • Reach out to members of your family to see what their favorite magazine is and ask them if they might be willing to renew through your troop so that your troop will be able to have a new Girl Scout experience.

    • If your troop is planning a trip and needs additional funds, research where in your community the troop might have a money earning event.

    • Talk with other troops that have done money earning projects to see what worked and what


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    Take Action: • Make cookies using the original Girl Scout Cookie recipe and share them with friends or

    family at a celebration event.

    • How many different ways can you sell items offered during the Fall Sale? Participate in at least two of them.

    • As a result of a successful money earning activity, use some of the proceeds for a take action project in your community.

    Revised and documented by GSCO History Center - jzbusch 5/17

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1 Centennial Patch Program Adult Packet The Centennial Patch Program celebrates 100 years of Girl Scouting in Colorado. The center patch is surrounded by add-on topics. Each topic has suggested Discover, Connect and Take Action activities. To earn an add-on, girls must complete at least one activity from each Discover, Connect, and Take Action area. Girls will earn the corresponding add-on for each additional topic completed. The patch and activity add-ons may be purchased from the GSCO Council Shop. To order yours, contact 303-607-4880 or [email protected] Each add-on contains suggested resources that will help girls in completing requirements of this patch.
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