Chula Vista Girl Scouts Troop 5344

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What does it mean to be a Girl Scout?

Grounded in the Girl Scout Promise and Law, Girl Scouting in a nonformal, experiential, and cooperative education program and promotes girl's personal growth and leadership development.  Partnering with caring adults, girls design fun and challenging activities that empower them and raise their voices within a local, national, and global sisterhood.
The three keys to Leadership: 
  • Discover: Girls understand themselves and their values and use their knowledge and skills to explore the world.
  • Connect: Girls care about, inspire, and team with others locally and globally.
  • Take Action: Girls act to make the world a better place. 
  • The Girl Scout Leadership Experience provides three processes for adults partnering with girls to incorporate: Girl Led, Cooperative Learning, and Learning by Doing.

    Mission Statement:
     Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.

    Being a member of troop 5344 means you accept the Girl Scout Promise and Law and have joined the world’s preeminent organization dedicated solely to girls.

    Through its programs and activities, Girl Scouts builds leadership skills for success in the real world in an accepting and nurturing environment.

    When you become a Girl Scout you are joining more than 3.5 million others around the world – more than 2.5 million girl members and almost one million adults.


    G=games and fun, scouts are #1
    I=ice cream and friends, on this you can depend
    R= reach out to those in need, a Girl Scout is a role model indeed
    L=learn from each other with out your brother.

    S=sing a song, you can't go wrong
    C=crochet and cookies are the best, they'll put you to the test
    O=outrageous camping trips and more, it's really good with a S'more
    U=use each others strengths, with this you can travel any length
    T=trust and honor is the key, that's how a Girl Scout ought to be.

    Girls Need To Know...

    The Girl Scout Promise

    On my honor I will try

    to serve God and my Country

    to help people at all times

    and to live by the Girl Scout Law


    The Girl Scout Law

    I will do my best to be
         honest and fair,
         friendly and helpful,
         considerate and caring,
         courageous and strong, and
         responsible for what I say and do,
    and to
         respect myself and others,
         respect authority,
         use resources wisely,
         make the world a better place, and
         be a sister to every Girl Scout.


     Girl Scout Sign

    The Girl Scout

    Sign is made by raising three fingers of the right hand (thumb hold down pinky). This

    sign stands for the three parts of the Promise. You give the sign when:

    • You say the Promise.
    • You are wel comed into Girl Scouting at an investiture ceremony.
    • You receive a patch or badge.
    You greet other Girl Scouts and Girl Guides.

    The Quiet Sign

    The quiet sign is used in meetings and other gatherings to let people know it is time to stop talking. This sign is made by raising your right hand high. As people in the group see the quiet sign, they stop talking and also raise their hands. Once everyone is silent, the meeting continues.

    The Girl Scout Slogan

    Do a good turn daily.

    The Girl Scout Motto

    Be Prepared

    The Girl Scout Handshake

    This is a formal way of greeting other Girl Scouts and Girl Guides. You shake hands with the left hand and give the Girl Scout sign with your right hand.


    The Friendship Circle

    The friendship circle is often formed at the end of meetings or campfires as a sort of closing ceremony. Everyone gathers in a circle where they cross their right arm over their left in front of them and hold hands with the people on either side. Once everyone is silent, the leader starts the friendship squeeze which is passed from hand to hand.

    The friendship squeeze is started by an agreed upon leader. She squeezes the hand on the girl next to her (either to the left or the right, but only one way)  and moves her right foot forward (i.e. towards the center of the circle). The girl who receives the squeeze moves her right foot forward and passes the squeeze on to the next girl. When the squeeze comes back to the first person everyone raises their arms - while still holding hands and turns under their right arm. If this is done correctly, everyone is now facing outward. They release hands and walk away, signaling that the ceremony or meeting is over.


    What is Juliette Girl Scouting?

    Being a Juliette is a fun and flexible way to participate in Girl Scouting.

    Juliettes are registered Girl Scouts who are not affiliated with a troop.

    What do Juliette Girl Scouts do?

    Juliette Girl Scouts do everything girls in troops do, but at their own pace.


    • attend local and regional events
    • earn badges
    • perform community service
    • travel and go on field trips
    • attend summer camp
    • earn leadership awards
    • participate in product sales
    • enjoy all that Girl Scouts offers...

    So, what is it like to be a Junior Girl Scout?

    It's exciting when you bridge to Juniors. You shed your old brown brownie vest encrusted with Try-Its and patches and slip on a mint-green Junior vest.

    Your Junior vest isn't that different from the old vest you just handed to your leader. It still has your Girl Scout Council and Girl Scouts of USA patches on it. There's still the tab with the International Girl Scout and Trefoil pins on it. If you flew up from Daisies to Brownies, you'll recognize the pair of wings on your vest from flying up from Brownies to Juniors. If you completed a Junior badge at the end of Brownies, you will have an arched rainbow for bridging and a badge.

    You will notice that the Junior badge is different than a Try-It. For one, it's a small, round circle, not a triangle. Next, you'll notice you had to complete six activities to earn the badge, not the four activities for the Try-Its. Lastly you'll notice you had DO it, not TRY it.

    In Juniors, you still do everything you did when you were a Brownie, but you take more responsibilities and you vote on a lot of things.

    I hope this answered most of your questions about Juniors and that you continue Girl Scouting in the future. It's a fun way to help other people and learn new things yourself.


    Levels in Girl Scouts...  The girls experience is divided in six levels... Our Troop Levels are:


      are Girl Scouts from 2-3 grade.

    They earn Try-its.

    Brownie Girl Scouts work together in groups, and explore their community.

    Friendship, fun, and age-appropriate activities begin at the Brownie Girl Scout meeting and move out to the community and wider world.


    are Girls Scouts from grade 4-5.

    They earn Badges.

    Juniors discover what girl power is all about through new activities and by learning to take charge of their own plans.

    They gain self-confidence as they explore the world in partnership with their troop leader.




    Bridging awards mark a girl's transition from one leadership level to the next. An exciting time in a Girl Scout's life, the earning of the award and completion of the activities are designed to emphasize the continuity of one Girl Scout program and to welcome girls to an anticipated "next level."

    Once you finish your "Daisy" level, you are ready to earn your very first BRIDGING Award!


    Blast Off to Girl Scout Brownie!
    Even before there were Girl Scouts, there were Girl Scout Brownies - magical elves who did helpful things.  Today, girls who become Girl Scout Brownies still help people by going on Journeys like Brownie Quest, WOW! Wonders of Water, or A World of Girls (available in December 2010) with their Girl Scout sisters.

    Girl Scout Brownies have a lot of fun together!  They sing the Brownie Smile song, sleep in tents, go on hikes, and tell stories around campfires under the stars. (Don't forget to make hot chocolate and S'mores.)  They may visit museums or zoos, meet people who have interesting jobs, or exchange SWAPS (Special Whatchamacallits Affectionately Pinned Somewhere) with new friends.

    You'll learn more about what it's like to be a Girl Scout Brownie by earning your Bridge to Girl Scout Brownie Award.  Plus, you'll be taking part in the great tradition of Girl Scout Bridging!  As you grow up, you'll continue moving up as a Girl Scout with these special ceremonies.



    Fly Up to a Girl Scout Junior!
    Get ready! Get excited! You are almost a Girl Scout Junior. What fun lies ahead?

    When you fly up to a Girl Scout Junior, you'll get to take part in cool new experiences, like going on an overnight at a science museum, working on a farm, attending a baseball game, visiting a wildlife preserve, making a robot, or trying new sports like archery.  Now that you're older, little kids look up to you, so you may decide to do something for younger Girl Scouts - perhaps plan a Teddy Bear Tea for Girl Scout Daisies!

    As a Girl Scout Junior, you can choose to go on any (or all!) of three journeys: Agent of Change, Get Moving!, and aMUSE
    (available in December 2010).  On a journey, you and your Girl Scout Junior friends can team up to make a difference in the world.  Every time you complete a Journey, you'll earn three awards.  And after you've finished one Journey, you'll be able to earn your Girl Scout Bronze Award - one of Girl Scouting's highest awards.


    Climb Up to a Girl Scout Cadette!
    When you climb up to a Girl Scout Cadette, get ready to lead!  Organize a basketball league for girls in your community, help plan a badge workshop for younger Girl Scouts, or volunteer with Habitat for Humanity.
    Try a destination or getaway to California and visit a marine mammal center.  Soak up the atmosphere at a majestic national park as you wander through the woods at Yosemite.  Strap on your backpack and explore the Grand Canyon or hike the Appalachian Trail.  It's up to you!
    As a Girl Scout Cadette you can choose from three different Journeys:  Explore the twists and turns of friendship in aMAZE; investigate what's really in the air with Breathe; or channel your creativity into an awesome project through Media
    You don't have to stop there.  Once you've done a Journey, you can embrace an issue you care deeply about and change your community for the better by completing a project to earn your Girl Scout Silver Award - the highest award a Girl Scout Cadette can earn.
    If you like working with younger girls, you can help your Girl Scout Brownie sisters on their journey and earn the Leadership in Action award in the process.
    (available December 2010).


    Step up to a Girl Scout Senior!
    Are you ready to embrace new adventures?  Are you ready to say yes to new challenges?  Then, step up to Girl Scout Seniors, where you'll find opportunities to do all that and more!

    First up: Leadership - it's what Girl Scouts is all about!  When you're a Girl Scout Senior, your opportunities to develop your leadership skills and strive for change in the real world will expand. You'll have a choice of three inspiring new Journeys: GirlTOPIA, Sow What?, and Circles of Sisterhood (coming in December 2010).

    You can take on a larger role within the Girl Scouts as well.  You could become a member of a teen board or represent your council as a delegate to the National Council Session.  You could even be selected to serve as a GSUSA National Girl Consultant.

    Now that you're in high school, you can also be active in the Girl Scout Advocacy Network, a group that advocates for change on behalf of girls by promoting issues in Congress and state legislatures.

    What else does the world of Girl Scout Seniors offer?  Lots of adventure!  You can try all sorts of new experiences - mountain biking, doing yoga, rock climbing, volunteering at the Special Olympics, or touring an art gallery.

    If you yearn to travel, check out the international Girl Scout destinations tailored for Girl Scout Seniors and Ambassadors. You could explore Belize, come face to face with a Beluga whale in the Arctic, jet to India, or trek through the Amazon rainforest.


    Soar to Girl Scout Ambassador!
    Do you have a lot to give?  Do you want your voice to be heard?  Are you excited to get involved with people and causes you care about?  Girl Scout Ambassadors is for you!

    Girl Scout Ambassador is the highest level a girl can attain in Girl Scouts.  As a Girl Scout Senior, you began exploring the wider world.  When you become a Girl Scout Ambassador, you'll be ready to soar!  Think of all that your future holds and how being a Girl Scout Ambassador can set you on your way!

    Are you planning to go to college?  You can find out about life there by spending the night on a campus or attending a workshop run by Campus Girl Scouts.  Or, take a Collegiate Challenge destination, an event designed just for Girl Scout Ambassadors.

    If you're interested in politics, learn how to lobby your elected officials and then visit your state capital - or even federal representatives - and urge them to act on an issue you care about!

    Want to see the world?  You can plan a trip to one of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts World Centers or go on a destinations trip with other Girl Scouts.

    Use all the confidence you've developed as a Girl Scout to really challenge yourself physically. Try kickboxing, SCUBA diving, a high adventure challenge course - or go on a Survivor Encampment to see if you've got what it takes to survive in the wild!

    You'll have three new Journeys to choose from - Your Voice, Your World; Justice; and Bliss (coming in December 2010) - and new Journey awards to earn.
    Plus, you can earn the Girl Scout Gold Award, Girl Scouting's most prestigious award.  You might even become one of the Girl Scout Young Women of Distinction, a national honor bestowed upon those who earn the Gold Award and do something really extraordinary.


    Cross the Bridge to Girl Scout Adult!

    Your moment is here! As a graduating Girl Scout Ambassador, it's time to embrace what you've learned in Girl Scouting, honor how that will forever be a part of who you are, and step into the world as a young woman of courage, confidence and character. It's time to begin your adult journey.

    When you become a Girl Scout adult, you join nearly one million Girl Scouts—across the country and around the world—who volunteer their time and inspire girls to become leaders. You're also linked to an astounding 10 million global sisters through the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts and 50 million Girl Scout alumnae! Whether you want to build your resume, blaze a particular career path or make new friends based on a shared Girl Scout experience, you've got a worldwide sisterhood to add richness and fun for the rest of your life!