My Girl Scout Secret….

Posted on: August 25th, 2014by

This is sponsored post for the Girl Scouts as part of a Mom it Forward blogger campaign. We appreciate their support of Jersey Family Fun that allows us to share with families information we think your family may enjoy.

 

Girl Scouts Miss America Parade

 

If you’ve read my Girl Scouts blog posts before, you know I was a non-traditional Girl Scout leader, before having three boys. I was a 20-something, single professional with very limited Girl Scout experience who co-lead a troop from Daisies to Juniors. There were so many reasons I took on that volunteer role and so many reasons why I found it rewarding but…..

 

Can I share with you a secret?

 

A big reason for my signing on as a Girl Scout volunteer was I wanted to be ACTIVE with the Girl Scouts. I wanted to have all the active, fun, healthy experiences that I felt I missed out on by not being a Girl Scout as a child. I don’t remember much from a year in Brownies, but I do remember being a Girl Scout for the 7th grade and all the grand adventures I had with that troop. I always wished I had had more… and I suppose that was a big motivation for how I found myself a Girl Scout volunteer years later. Yes, I believe in the Girl Scouts and I believe in the experiences they provide to young girls and women to develop not just social skills, not just career skills, but also habits that lead to active, healthy lifestyles. It’s not wrong to ACTIVELY have fun while also being a role model to others, is it?

 

I sure hope not. As a Girl Scout Leader, we took our troop on camping adventure after camping adventure. We hiked trails. We kayaked. We built campfires. We sorted bags of pasta at the Foodbank of Southern New Jersey and created gardens at a nursing home. We never sat still. We were always active.

 

When I was selected as a leader for a Girl Scout Wider Opp, other volunteers and I proved that Girl Scouts don’t stop being active just because we get older. Four adults and 40 teens took North Carolina by storm.

 

We climbed to the top of Mount Mitchell while learning the devastation polluted rain water can wreak on our trees.

We climbed to the top of Mount Mitchell while learning the devastation polluted rain water can wreak on our trees. Can you guess which one I am?
Can you guess which one I am?

 

Girl Scout Wider Opp Appalachian TrailWe cleared a portion of the Appalachian Trail making it suitable for hikers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

I completed a ropes course that was 40 feet high!

 

Girl Scout Wider Opps Ropes Course

You’ll have to believe that’s me. From a time before digital cameras and iPhones and social media.

 

We spent days touring mansions and nights sleeping in churches. We rafted down rivers and hiked up mountains; climbed to the top of a ropes course and zipped down to the ground. We took showers with daddy long legs spiders when the days had been too grimy and read bedtime stories to teenage campers feeling nostalgic of their earlier camp trips as little girls. These are the days they will always remember. These are the days that I always will, because the best memories of childhood don’t come from staying inside with an iPad, they come from being out there and being ACTIVE.

 

The best memories of childhood don’t come from staying inside with an iPad, they come from being out there and being ACTIVE.

 

When I was a leader technology wasn’t what is is today. Digital cameras were just coming into being as evidenced by my photos above taken on 35mm film. There were no iPads, technology, and smartphones to compete with for a child’s attention. Yet today’s Girl Scout leaders and volunteers are challenged with how to help young women find that balance between technology and being ACTIVE.

 

Is there a way to do both? Can technology help us be active?

 

I believe it can. A partnership between the Together Counts™ campaign and the Girl Scouts is helping to give Girl Scout girls, their leaders, and volunteers the tools they need to begin and continue Healthy Habit Journeys together; journeys that will lead young women into healthy, active lifestyles.

 

About the Together Counts™ program

  • The Together Counts™ program is nationwide and provided by the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation to inspire active and healthy living through being active and eating right in order to reduce obesity. The main idea behind the program is called Energy Balance, which means balancing the calories we eat with the calories we use.
    • Energy In: the calories you get from eating and drinking.
    • Energy Out: the calories you burn from physical activities.

 

Did you know these facts about the Girl Scout Research program?

  • Girl Scouting builds girls confidence, courage and character. Who wouldn’t feel amazing after accomplishing some of the things Girl Scouts do?!

  • Health and fitness have been part of Girl Scouting since girls ran foot races in 1912!

  • Girl Scouts Program is what girls do in Girl Scouting – and they sure do a lot! From patch programs to council-wide events, each council offers a variety of exciting program opportunities for girls of all ages. Have you checked out a Girl Scout Council in New Jersey for your daughter?

 

More about the Together Counts™ & Girl Scouts Partnership

In partnership with the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation, Girl Scouts created 3 “Healthy Habits” booklets for volunteers to use with their Journey Adult Guides.

  • The Healthy Habits booklets will guide girls on their Journey as they learn to lead active, healthy lifestyles.
  • Daisies, Brownies, and Juniors, Girl Scout volunteers and families will have fun, easy ways to achieve “energy balance.”
  • Each of the three FREE Healthy Habits Journey booklets will be available for download:
    • Between Earth and Sky with Healthy Habits
    • WOW! Wonders of Water with Healthy Habits
    • Get Moving! with Healthy Habits

 

Here’s a great Girl Scouts video to tell you more about the Healthy Habits Journey Program

 

Here’s some other important links to help you learn more about the Together Counts™ & Girl Scouts Partnership

  • Healthy Habits Journey booklets download: Here you’ll be able to download three free booklets for Daisies, Brownies, and Juniors, Girl Scout volunteers and families can guide girls in fun, easy ways to achieve “energy balance.”
  • Girl Scouts of the Nation’s Capital Twitter: On Twitter, GSNC shares council information including awards, resources, highlights from council events and volunteering opportunities.
  • Girl Scouts of the Nation’s Capital Facebook: Similar to Twitter, the GSNC Facebook page shares photo albums of troop activities, news from around the region, and partner content from Together Counts.
  • Together Counts™ Website –The website is consumer friendly—aimed at parents and educators and provides resources, tips, recipes and more.
  • Together Counts™ Blog – The Together Counts blog is the main source of all consumer-friendly news including HWCF campaigns, announcements and content from HWCF partners around the topic of healthy eating habits and incorporating more physical activity.
  • Together Counts™ Twitter – On Twitter, Together Counts shares everything from digital assets (video, infographics) to industry or conference news related to food in addition to campaign and partner news.
  • Together Counts™ Pinterest – Together Counts’ resource for sharing recipe inspiration from across the network, family activity ideas and pins from partners that relate to family eating and activity including Girl Scouts, Healthy Dining Finders, etc.

 

Want another way to use technology to help girls be more active?

Join Mom it Forward’s Girls Night Out Twitter Party from 9 to 11 p.m. Eastern Time (8 p.m. Central, 7 p.m. Mountain, 6 p.m. Pacific) on Tuesday, September 9, 2014, where the topic of conversation will be the Girl Scouts Nation’s Capital and Together Counts™ Healthy Habits program. More details will be available at this link on September 3, 2014.

If you volunteer with the Girl Scouts, I’d love to hear about some of your favorite moments helping your troop be active.

 

If you don’t volunteer, sign up today please consider doing so Girlscouts.org/join.

 

Give yourself and others more opportunities to be active!

 

 

In full disclosure, we are receiving payment from the Girl Scouts to make this article possible, but in all honesty you can not make up the kind of experiences I have had or the feelings I got from volunteering with them unless you’ve had them. My opinions are honest and my own.

Posted in: All, Family Volunteer Opportunities

Tagged as:

Jennifer Auer is the hyperlocal mom blogger who runs Jersey Family Fun. From New Jersey, this mom of 3 boys just can’t sit still! Her husband likes to say she’s a work-at-home mom who never stays home. Jennifer started traveling as a child and hasn’t stopped since. Instead of letting her husband and boys slow her down, she brings them along! Did you know that boys behave better when they are out exploring? As her boys transition from tweens to teens there’s still so many places she wants to discover with them both across the U.S. and internationally.She has been a Jersey Girl for 20+ years, and a Jersey Mom for 8+ years and a New Jersey mom blogger for 10 years, although she'd much rather be referred to as an influencer or just by name.She has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a focus on Entrepreneurship from Bryant University in Rhode Island.

13 thoughts on “My Girl Scout Secret….

  1. Tricia the Good Mama says:

    I loved your girl scout story. I was never a girl scout. You make it seem like so much fun. I’m sure I would have loved it. My older brother had a bad experience with a weird troop leader with the boy scouts, so none of the rest of us got into it either. I do love that the girl scouts encourage children to be active. It’s really difficult today with all of the technology.

  2. Gina B says:

    I wish we had Girl Scouts near us! It’s one of my fondest memories, and the only place I didn’t feel like an outsider as a kid. I wonder if they accept kids with special needs? Amelia’s approaching 12, though, may be too late for her.

  3. Barb @ A Life in Balance says:

    So glad you’re helping spread the word about the value of Girl Scouts and how much it is to volunteer, too!

  4. melinda says:

    i wasn’t a girl scout. I think I might sign up shae though, i think it would be a great experience

  5. Cindy says:

    I was a Girl Scout as a kid and loved it. Now my daughter goes to Girl Scout camp every summer. She isn’t a Girl Scout, but loves the camp!

  6. Sherry says:

    I was an active girl scout as well. My daughter tried it but it was not for her which mad me sad thanks for sharing your memories.

  7. Heather says:

    I was never allowed to be a girl scout but I always wanted to be! The girls looked like they had a blast.

  8. Lauryn says:

    Girl Scouts is a great organization. I have many memories with them:)

  9. Crystal says:

    I love hearing your Girl Scout story. My daughter was very briefly in Girl Scouts. We loved it but couldn’t fit it in our crazy schedule. We try to volunteer with our local troops though and do park clean ups or help out with their take on a school field day

  10. Reesa Lewandowski says:

    I have secretly wanted to be a girl scout my entire life. I cannot wait until my daughter is a little bit older and can join Daisies. I know she’d love it. What a great program. Thank you for sharing it with us!

  11. Stephanie says:

    Love that, even as a mom of boys, you were able to participate in Girl Scouts!

  12. Brandi says:

    So fun! I was in GS when I was young, worked as a camp counselor in college, and now my 6 year old is joining Daisy Scouts this fall. We’re so excited!

  13. Julia says:

    That is awesome that you got to do all that. I was only in girl scouts for a brief time because the troop by me did not have enough members. I regret not having more of those experiences.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.