Girl Scouts of the USA Announces the Release of the Latest Girl Scout Leadership Journey

Girl Scouts of the USA Announces the Release of the Latest Girl Scout Leadership Journey

Girl Scouts of the USA and Dove®, the leading personal care brand, partner to deliver Girl Scout leadership and self-esteem programming to millions of girls nationwide and abroad with the release of the latest Girl Scout leadership journey It’s Your Story—Tell It! It’s Your Story—Tell It! uses a storytelling theme in a fun and relevant way for girls to better understand themselves and their potential. “Through girls hearing stories, sharing their stories, trying out new roles and creating their own stories, they gain confidence and see that they can make a difference in their own lives and the lives of others” says Andrea Bastiani Archibald, Ph.D. Developmental Psychologist at Girl Scouts of the USA. Building a strong sense of self is an underlying goal of the series, which was made possible in part by a generous grant from Dove.

The collection of six age appropriate publications or “leadership journeys” have been developed for girls grades K-12 and is accompanied by corresponding adult guides. These resources center on a different theme at each Girl Scout grade-level and encourage girls to take the lead in planning their leadership activities and projects.

The Journeys are central to the Girl Scout Leadership Experience. Each level of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience takes girls on a journey – a voyage to someplace new, with adventures and discoveries along the way. These adventures strengthen a girl’s ability to discover herself and her values, connect with others locally and globally and take action to make the world a better place.

“Girl Scouts of the USA believes that girls develop confidence and self-esteem through taking action,” said Kathy Cloninger, CEO, Girl Scouts of the USA. “With this new journey, we saw an excellent opportunity to equip girls with the tools necessary in developing courage, confidence and character – three keys to leadership.”

Moreover, increased self-esteem is a natural outcome of It’s Your Story—Tell It! because, through storytelling and creative expression, girls gain a better understanding of themselves, learn how to reach their full potential and develop the confidence to become leaders in their own lives and in the world.

“The Dove® brand is proud to support the efforts of Girl Scouts of the USA on this creative and powerful programming, which will help girls to reach their full potential,” said Rob Candelino, Marketing Director, Dove® U.S., Unilever. “The purpose of the It’s Your Story – Tell It! leadership journey is aligned with the Dove® Movement for Self-Esteem, which invites all women to join us in creating a world where beauty is a source of confidence, not anxiety.”

The Girl Scouts’ partnership with Dove® began in 2002, with the creation of “uniquely ME!”, a program designed to foster self-confidence among girls. Dove® continues its support of the Girl Scouts through the It’s Your Story – Tell It! leadership journey series. The Girl Scouts of the USA official online shop offers a full assortment of uniforms, program materials, awards, patches and accessories! Each purchase helps support Girl Scouts across the country and around the world. For more information, please visit www.girlscoutshop.com

CONTACTS:
Girl Scouts of the USA
Josh Ackley 212.852.8038
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3 Color Chevron Bracelet

3 Color Chevron Bracelet

3 Color Chevron Bracelets are a great project for girls to start in a short meeting or craft session and finish later in their down time.  Please refer to the Friendship Bracelet Knots page for instructions on how to make the knots mentioned below.

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Materials NeededMaterials Needed:

DirectionsDirections:

  1. Cut four 36″ lengths of color A, two 36″ lengths of color B, and two 36″ lengths of color C.
  2. Make sure the ends are even, loop one end and knot together.  Pin or tape the loop to your work surface.
  3. Arrange the strands in this color order: A,A,B,C,C,B,A,A
  4. On the left side, make a left knot with A onto A.  Repeat knot with A onto B, then with A onto C.
  5. On the right side, make a right knot with A onto A.  Repeat with A onto B, then with A on C.
  6. Make a right knot in the center with A onto A to complete the V shape.
  7. Repeat steps 4 and 5, working with the outside threads to the center.
  8. Once the bracelet is long enough for your wrist, tie a knot at the end, leaving a 4″ tail and trim.
  9. Wrap the bracelet around your wrist and tie the tail end to the looped end.

 

Safety TipsSafety Tips!

  1. Only older girls should use the safety pins to secure the starting end of the bracelet.

Diagonal Knotted Bracelet

Diagonal Knotted Bracelet

A Diagonal Knotted Bracelet is a great project to start during a shorter meeting or craft session and have the girls finish later in their down time.  Please refer to the Friendship Bracelet Knots page for instructions on how to make the knots mentioned below.

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Materials NeededMaterials Needed:

DirectionsDirections:

  1. Cut 2 pieces of each color thread to 36″ in length.
  2. Make sure the ends are even and loop one end and knot together.  Tape or pin down in the order you want the colored stripes.
  3. Start on the left side and make a left knot with the first color.  Make left knots with this color across the remaining strands.
  4. Start again on the left side and make left knots across with the other strands.
  5. Repeat knots always starting with the left thread and working left to right.  A diagonal pattern will begin to form.
  6. Work until the length is right for your wrist.
  7. Once the bracelet is long enough, tie a knot at the end, leaving a 4″ tail and trim.
  8. Wrap the bracelet around your wrist and tie the tail end to the looped end.

Safety TipsSafety Tips!

  1. Only older girls should use the safety pins to secure the starting end of the bracelet.

Easy Braided Bracelet

Easy Braided Bracelet

Easy Braided Bracelets and Friendship bracelets in general are one of the most classic crafts done at camps world-wide, and one of my favorites.  There are a few basic types of friendship bracelets, but this is the easiest.  It may not be challenging enough for older girls, but it’s perfect for younger girls making their first friendship bracelet.

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Materials NeededMaterials Needed:

DirectionsDirections:

  1. Cut 5 pieces each of 3 colors of craft thread.  Each piece should be 24″ long.
  2. With all the ends even, loop together at one end and knot.  This loop will be the closure.
  3. Tape or pin the looped end on a clipboard, pillow, or book to hold it in place while you are braiding.
  4. Separate the 3 colors and braid together, taking the left group over the center group, then the right group over the new center group until the braid is long enough to wrap around your wrist.
  5. Once the braid is long enough, tie a knot at the end, leaving a 4″ tail and trim.
  6. Wrap the bracelet around your wrist and tie the tail end to the looped end.

Safety TipsSafety Tips!

  1. Only older girls should use the safety pins to secure the starting end of the bracelet.