Diamond Dispatch Fall 2012
Girl Scouts - Diamonds of Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas fall newslestter.
Fall Issue 2012 Girl Scouting is for every girl, everywhere! Do you want to stay involved in Girl Scouting, but you donâ€™t have the time to be an active member of a troop? Has your troop disbanded? Are you mainly interested in Camp or Travel? Instead of registering with a Girl Scout troop, you may choose to register as an Individual Girl Scout (formerly known as a Juliette). As an Individual Girl Scout, you are eligible to participate in most of the opportunities that are available to girls in troops, such as badge work. You can find a pathway that best suits your needs. Or mix and match your primary interests and make your own path. Find the Path that is right for you! Did you know that there is no one way to be a Girl Scout? When a girl or adult joins Girl Scouts, she or he becomes a member. Within a single year, girls can choose many ways to participate: Troop, Camp, Series, Events, Travel and Virtual. The flexibility of Pathways will allow adults to participate in Girl Scouting based on their schedule and lifestyle. As a volunteer, you have the option of partnering with girls throughout a membership year or committing to an opportunity for only a few weeks or months. Camp Day and Resident Camps, focused on outdoor and/ or environmental education. Virtual Interactive program delivered in a safe and secure online environment. Events Single-day events. different girls, each event. Girl Scout Pathways for Girls Troops Same girls, all sessions, typically spans the length of a school year. Series Same girls, all sessions relating to a specific theme or purpose. Travel Regional, national, and international trips. Page 2 From the Desk of the CEO Happy Octoberâ€”and Happy Founders Day to all my Girl Scout friends and family! introduction for this work which is filled with wonderful stories and remembrances of past Girl Scout adventures. On October 31 Girl Scouts all over the world will celebrate the birthday of our founder, Juliette Gordon Low! Juliette led a life of extraordinary vision and impact. She enjoyed the arts, had a passion for her family and never let life challenges defeat her love of learning and adventure. The Diamonds Oral History collection will be housed in The Butler Center for Arkansas Studies in Little Rock in perpetuity. Additional copies of these recordings will be kept in regional offices where troops and service units can access them at any time for special programs or presentations. The 100th Anniversary of Girl Scouting has given all of us an opportunity to remember our past as well as look forward to an amazing future for all girls!!! During this anniversary year the Diamonds Council has celebrated incredible women, participated in campouts and other birthday events, and created new memories for over 17,000 girls and volunteers!!! One of the special 100th Anniversary projects has been led by Linnie Lyle, whose passion for history and for Girl Scouting is admirable. Linnie led the 100th Anniversary Committee in a project that created opportunities for girls to build skills in communication and then use those skills to bridge generations by interviewing Girl Scout alumnae who had wonderful and important stories to tell. These oral histories of amazing Girl Scout alumnae from across the decades have been recorded and are being preserved for future generations of girls and adults to enjoy. Ginger Beebe, the first lady of Arkansas, provided the The girls who participated in the project received accolades from the National CEO, Anna Maria Chavez and the National Board Chair Connie Lindsey, who wrote to the girls, â€œWe are so proud of each of you and your leaders for participating in this amazing project which will preserve the wisdom and experiences of Girl Scout alumnae for future generations to learn from and enjoy. Thank you for being such loyal Girl Scouts and for making this experience special for these alumnae members and for all those who will enjoy the living history you have created.â€? Girl participants in the project will be presented this letter of commendation, as well as, other tributes at local celebrations in December. If you have not had an opportunity to celebrate the first 100 years of Girl Scouting it is not too late!!! Mark your calendars for October 31, put on a party hat, and celebrate the life of Juliette Gordon Low! Happy Girl Scouting to all! Page 3 Founder’s Day October 31 is Founder’s Day. Juliette Gordon Low was born in 1860 in Savannah, Georgia, 152 years ago. She believed that all girls should be given the opportunity to develop physically, mentally, and spiritually. Here are just a few facts about Juliette Gordon Low that you may not know: • Juliette never tasted sugar until she was between 4 and 5 years old when General Sherman came to visit her mother and brought a packet of sugar. • She was an expert swimmer, horseback rider and fisherman. • As a young girl, she saved a two-year old who had fallen into a stream. • Juliette climbed the Great Pyramid in Egypt and rode elephants in India. Troops and Service Units are encouraged to recognize and honor the founder of Girl Scouts in some special way. A Fall Festival or Birthday celebration to honor Juliette Low could be done at the Troop or Service Unit level and can include a ceremony, games, songs, crafts, and or a special service project. Juliette Low’s interactive story is a fun way to learn about her life. Play games that were popular for girls when Juliette was alive, such as Kim’s game, maybe bobbing for apples, etc. Collect items such as cake mix, birthday candles and party supplies and put them in a special birthday box and donate them to a Children’s home. This would be a great time to do an Investiture/ Rededication Ceremony to welcome new girls to Girl Scouts and returning girls can be rededicated to the Girl Scout promise and law. How do you plan on celebrating Juliette Gordon Low’s Birthday? Share your photos and stories on our Facebook page or email them to email@example.com. A big SHOUT OUT to all of our volunteers that are helping with recruitments across the council! With your help we are able to reach more girls and give them an opportunity to join Girl Scouts! We THANK YOU and APPRECIATE YOU very much! Grab your notebook and pen and join us on the third Thursday of the month in each regional office for New Leader Fundamentals and Journey training. New Leader Fundamentals will be held from 6 pm – 7 pm and is a required class to help new Leaders and Co-Leaders with the groundwork to successful troops. Journey training will be held from 7:30 pm – 9 pm and is a required class to help new Leaders and Co-Leaders understand how to work with the Journey program materials. Please submit an adult training class registration form the Sharon Stark at sstark@ girlscoutsdiamonds.org For your shopping pleasure, the Council Shop will be open until 8 pm during this training. Page 4 U of A Standout Athlete Volunteers With Girl Scouts - Diamonds University of Arkansas’s Cross Country and Track & Field standout, Solomon Haile, is volunteering with the Girl Scouts – Diamonds of Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Texas. Haile is organizing a Girl Scout Fun Run in Northwest Arkansas. This run is designed to allow girls from K-12th grade to experience the joy of running and healthy living in a community atmosphere. The race will feature a one and a two mile friendly race as well as awards, door prizes, after race activities, snacks, and University of Arkansas athletes will be on site to provide advice, encouragement, and autographs to all participants. For Haile, running is a passion. After graduating with a degree in Landscape Architecture, he hopes to go professional in the sport – and to one day be an Olympian. He has a good shot too; as High School Foot-Locker National Champion, a team captain, and a man holding an SEC team title, All-American accolades, and a very promising upcoming season. Haile believes partnering with the Girl Scouts is a perfect opportunity to share what he loves with young people in the area. “I love Girl Scouts,” Solomon boasts, “because it provides girls with an affordable way to gain confidence and character. . . .Just like running.” The Girl Scout Fun Run will be held at Rogers High School (2300 S. Dixieland Road) on October 20. The one mile run will begin at 9:00am and the two mile run will start at 9:20am. The race is open to all girls in Kindergarten through 12th grade. The entry fee is $12 dollars per person AND $6 dollars for already registered Girl Scouts. For more information you can call 1.800.632.6894 ext. 5845 or email sboit@ girlscoutsdiamonds.org. Registration forms can be found at 2080 East Joyce Boulevard, Fayetteville. Boys and Girls Club of the Arkansas River Valley This summer the Diamonds Council partnered with the Boys and Girls Club of the Arkansas River Valley to offer the It’s Your Journey, Take It! Summer Fun Series. Each week girls “journeyed” through different themes such as community service, international relations, sisterhood, and goal setting. The program was facilitated by Arkansas Tech University students, Chasity Childress and Janae Fisher. Both Chasity and Janae are Juniors, currently majoring in Health Information Management. These hardworking ladies maintain part-time jobs and keep up an active club and organization schedule! We are so happy that they volunteered with us this summer! Janae (far left) and Chasity (far Right) pose for a quick picture with the girls and their It’s Your Journey, Take it! t-Shirts! Thanks Ladies! Page 5 University of Central Arkansas In September, the Diamonds Council partnered with REAL BEAUTY- Reaching Every Adolescent Lady Building and Enhancing Attitudes Uniting Today’s Youth, student organization on the campus of the University of Central Arkansas. REAL BEAUTY emerged on UCA’s campus a few years ago to debunk the negative beauty messages portrayed in today’s media stream. Through community partnerships and collaborations, the organization works to foster self-esteem, self-confidence, and positive attitudes for girls ages 9 -19. REAL BEAUTY is led by President, Catherine Miller. Ms. Miller contacted our Girl Scout office last spring to develop a workshop focused on anti-bullying and sisterhood. After a few months of planning, the Diamonds Council was proud to announce this new partnership! Together with the Diamonds Council, REAL BEAUTY hosted the “It’s Your WorldChange It!” Workshop centered on friendship and sisterhood. With over 30 student members, REAL BEAUTY facilitated the sessions for Juniors and Cadettes in Faulkner County. The workshop was held at the McGhee Center in Conway. Page 6 Family Partnership Campaign The Family Partnership Campaign is a way for families of Girl Scouts to express their belief in the value of Girl Scouting through financial support. By making a charitable contribution to Girl Scouts-Diamonds, you are directly helping girls in our community develop the courage, confidence, and character they need to make our world a better place. Why Give? Never in our history has building the leadership of the future been more important. In Girl Scouts, we build those future leaders. The Family Partnership Campaign is part of the Councilâ€™s overall annual giving campaign to support the general operating budget of the Council which provides financial assistance, program enrichment, property improvements, and volunteer support systems. to support a variety of Girl Scout financial needs including: Financial Assistance: membership fees, camp fees, and program fees for girls who otherwise could not afford to participate. Adult Development: quality training and workshops for volunteers to help ensure that girls receive the best possible adult leadership. Girl Scout Leadership Experience: program and materials to provide an experience that is girl-led and reflects the ever changing needs and interests of todayâ€™s girls. Properties: facility improvements and supplies needed. Receive your Diamond Family Partnership patch when you donate in the shop, or by mail or through Family Partnership gifts invest in the strength and your MMS. future of our organization to build the future leaders of our community. Questions: call Carolyn at 800 632 6894 or ceastham@ Where Does the Money Go? Family Partnership girlscoutsdiamonds.org or ask your contributions are unrestricted gifts and are used Membership Marketing Specialist Give a little, Get a lot Heart of Arkansas United Way (Pulaski County only) Heart of Arkansas United Way (Pulaski County only) has changed their allocation process to donor designations only. This means that in order for Girl Scouts Diamonds to receive our funding from them we will have to advertise for Heart of Arkansas United Way donors to designate their donation to the Girl Scouts diamonds. This only affects donations that go to the Heart of Arkansas Untied Way from donors located in Pulaski County. The Girl Scouts Diamonds ask that all donors who give to the Heart of Arkansas Untied Way through individual donations or through payroll deductions, to please designate their donations to Girl Scouts Diamonds of Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas. This will be the only way the Girl Scouts will receive funding from the Heart of Arkansas United Way (Pulaski County only). Please help us continue the level of funding from this United Way by designating your gift to go to us. Girl Scouts Diamonds of Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas is very happy to have such a healthy and beneficial relationship with all of the United Ways in our service area. We continue to abide by the individual guidelines from each United Way. Page 7 Alumnae Gatherings Once a Girl Scout, always a Girl Scout. Alumnae Corner Our Board of Directors is continuing plans to host Alumnae and Friends Gatherings around the Council during the upcoming year. We are still looking for alumnae to help in organizing, hosting, or participating in these events and bringing their friends. The purpose of these get-togethers is many-sided: celebrating the sisterhood of Girl Scouts, reconnecting with old friends, meeting new friends who share a common background of experience in Scouting, finding new volunteer opportunities and partnerships with today’s Girl Scouts, and finding your way to support Girl Scouts financially through Annual Giving, our Second Century Endowment, Camperships, Financial Assistance, Scholarships, Special Programs or other areas of your particular interest. Girl Scout alumnae have much to offer to advance the mission of Girl Scouts for today’s girls. We have so many ways to partner and connect to share alumnae skills and professional stories with girls. Our alumnae are successful in all walks of life, and we are happy to create opportunities for sharing knowledge with girls. Our alumnae are successful in all walks of and we are so pleased when our alumnae provide great ways to partner, connect, and create opportunities to share their knowledge with our girls. We have firefighters offering to have informational sessions, bankers and financial planners giving financial literacy mini courses, lawyers, doctors, nurses, clergy, sharing their knowledge and ideas for career choices…the opportunities are endless. We have former Girl Scout trainers offering to come back to join our training forces again for a new generation of trainers, former leaders offering to take over a project or session. Come join us! We welcome your ideas of how to put our Alumnae and girls together for great learning outcomes as much as we welcome your giving to promote and advance our programs. Please come join us to Make New Friends and Keep the Old! Our tentative schedule for these gatherings: Hot Springs Village Jonesboro El Dorado November 8 March 12 May 9 Pine Bluff Fayetteville Texarkana January 10 April 11 June 13 Please call or email Carolyn Eastham at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 501 758 1010 or 800 632 6894 if you want to participate in these events in any way. Page 8 Cookie Time is Almost Here! Service Unit Cookie Rallies on January 11 to prepare the girls to begin taking orders on the 12. That will be here before we know it!! This year’s Little Brownie cookie theme is “What Can a Girl Do? A World of Good.” They are telling the world what a girl can do with Girl Scout Cookies by showcasing amazing stories from across the country. When volunteers, girls and the community understand the real value of the Cookie Program, they’re eager to participate. Today more than ever, Girl Scouts are doing A World of Good with their cookie proceeds. The videos on www.LittleBrownie.com show how they’re making the world safer, greener, happier, healthier and more humane. And they highlight the selling strategies that made it possible. Troop leaders and parents, you can help girls have a great Cookie Season by guiding them through the 5 steps to Cookie Program success: 1. Set group goals One of the most important lessons you can teach a girl is how to set a challenging goal and reach it. Just imagine how far she’ll go in life if she knows that, step by step, she can achieve her dreams. Encourage girls to set two kinds of group goals: • What can we do with our cookie money to help others? • What can we do with our cookie money for fun and learning? Do girls need goal ideas? Check out the goal-setting activities at the Little Brownie website. How much will it cost? Help girls estimate the cost of their goal with the Goal Action Planner found on the LBB website. 2. Set personal goals Girls want to know how they can make the group successful. How many packages must she sell? You can guide her toward figuring it out with the simple activity on the LBB website. 3. Hold a family meeting in December after attending your SU Troop Cookie Manager training If adults understand the importance of the Cookie Program, they give it their full support and help girls do everything it takes to be successful. Ideas for talking to families about the importance of this program are found on the LBB website. 4. Sell beyond family and friends Girl Scout families and friends make great cookie customers! But if girls plan to reach an ambitious goal, they will need to expand their circle of customers. Go to the LBB website for fun activities to help them get ready. 5. Track progress and celebrate success Invite girls to create a goal poster or cut out and use the one found in the Volunteer Guide found on the LBB website. As sales add up, encourage girls to record them and track their success. When girls reach 100%, it’s time to celebrate! Page 9 Girl Rewards Sneek Peak! Look at the items shown here to get a sneak peek of some of the girl rewards offered this year. Girls will definitely be excited about participating in the 2013 Cookie Program!! *GIRL ONLY SHIRT Cookie Pajama Parties Mark your calendars on January 12 and make plans to attend the Cookie Pajama Parties that will be held in each region. They will start at 7:00pm on the 12 and end 7:00am on the 13. Those attending will be the first to see the new Cookie boxes for the 2013 Cookie Program in 3D via a webcast hosted by Little Brownie Bakers! Meet inspiring girls with amazing goals, get great ideas for pumping up sales and enjoy lots of fun, interactive games. If you know of a great location in your region that would accommodate 200 people please contact the Program Consultant in your local council office. Page 10 How to Have the Best Year Ever in Girl Scouts! 5 helpful tips: 1. Visit our website www.girlscoutsdiamonds.org, and visit often, making sure to check out the Program E-book and Calendar. Also check out our Troop and Service Unit resources to help you with planning your local events. 2. Register early – be sure not to miss the registration deadlines for program opportunities. 3. Visit and explore the Diamond properties. Take advantage of the wonderful properties we have. Whether it’s by attending a program event, or taking your troop on a weekend away, don’t miss the chance to enjoy the outdoors. 4. Participate in your Regional Cookie Pajama Party and get ready for the most exciting cookie program yet. 5. Be a part of your regional Compass team and have the opportunity to share your ideas and talents for new and exciting programming. Have you been bitten by the travel bug?? If the answer is yes, then Destinations may be for you. Destinations is a nationwide Girl Scout program for Cadettes and above. Councils and event sponsors host destination trips. Girls can apply for a specific destinations trip and meet girls from across the country or even around the world. Destinations fall into 6 categories: • International • Outdoors • Science • People • Apprenticeships • Getaways Some of the exciting opportunities include: “Hollywood Dreamin,” “Wilderness Adventure Photography,” and “Adventure in Peru.” Please check out the Destinations page under our Program section on the website for complete application process and deadlines. For more information, please contact Tracy Howard, Program Manager at email@example.com ing m o c Up : s t n e Ev November 3 Brilliant Brownies Around the World November 9 Program Aide November 10 Let’s Get Moving November 10 Silver Award 101 November 10 Gold Award 101 November 17 Easy Being Green December 1 Science with Santa December 8 Let’s Get Moving December 8 Program Aide Part 1 January 12 2013 Cookie Program Begins January 12 Cookie Pajama Parties B C ALL C S,A B D,B ALL C ALL ALL Pine Bluff Mena Jonesboro Jonesboro Jonesboro Arkadelphia Jonesboro Jonesboro Ft. Smith Page 11 Camping with Community Programs The girls camped at Devilâ€™s Den in Northwest Arkansas. The girls worked with University of Arkansas students and Parson Hill Elementary to teach basic outdoor and camping skills to 4th and 5th grade girls. Twenty-one girls attended the overnight camping trip (and two of their teachers decided to join in the fun as well!). This series was funded by a United Way Multicultural Initiatives grant. Page 12 Adult Development’s Dynamic Duo! At this past Annual Meeting/Service Team Conference, we had the pleasure of introducing Kelly Wood as a new member of Adult Development. Kelly Wood is our Adult Education Coordinator – West. Among her many talents and awesome energy, Kelly brings to the Adult Development Department both the perspective as a volunteer and staff. Prior to serving as a Membership Specialist for the last two years, Kelly was engaged as a SU volunteer. She has some wonderful ideas for this department and is very eager to meet as many of our current and potential facilitators to discuss ways to move training forward in a positive and meaningful way for you as facilitators and for our volunteers. We are also excited to introduce our newest addition to this dynamic team, Sally Anderson as our Adult Education Coordinator – East. Sally has served as a Membership Specialist for more than 5 years. Her enthusiasm and excitement for Girl Scouts is apparent to all of those who know Sally. It is extremely important to Sally to help our volunteers be equipped with the tools necessary to be confident in their mission. Sally is super excited to work with Kelly as well as our facilitators in an effort to better serve girls and adults. Our current focus of work as we embark on the new program year is for Kelly, Sally, staff and facilitators to work together to provide a comprehensive training calendar so we can help both new and existing Leaders and volunteers navigate the Girl Scout program. Extended Shop Hours All full service Diamonds shops have partnered up with the 3rd Thursday adult trainings. Your Diamonds shops will be open late every 3rd Thursday of the month until 8 pm from January through May 2013. Shops participating are Fayetteville, Ft Smith, Jonesboro, Little Rock and Texarkana. All 100th Anniversary merchandise has been reduced in price from 25% up to 80% off. After inventory items have been reduced further from 50% up to 90%. All shops have new Holiday, Cookie, sportswear and gift items including Diamonds branded merchandise. Page 13 Adult development Third Thursdays: Are you a new leader? Maybe you were a leader last year and still need a little help using the Journeys program. Every 3rd Thursday at your local Girl Scout office, we offer New Leader Fundamentals and Our Girl Scout Journey. New Leader Fundamentals offers new leaders tips and tricks to get their troop started off right. Our Girl Scout Journey teaches leaders how to use the Journeys program with the Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting to plan a fantastic year for their girls. Sign up today! Volunteer Hours: Girls and Volunteers – don’t forget to be logging your volunteer service hours online at: www. presidentialserviceawards.gov (with code RLZ-45010 for Girl Scouts) and on our website for the Governor’s Volunteer of Excellence Award and Project 100. Project 100: During 2011 and 2012 (January 1, 2011 - December 31, 2012) we are asking every Girl Scout across the Council to work together to give a combined total of 100,000 service hours to the communities served by the Diamonds Council. Although this is a large number, if everyone works together, we can achieve and even exceed our goal! Each girl is asked to submit her service hours individually, not as a troop (Ex. If a troop cleans a park for three hours, each member will submit their own form for three service hours.) All forms of service hours will be accepted, including service projects towards earning Gold, Silver and Bronze Awards. Volunteers are asked to turn in their service hours as well! Go to our website to submit your hours electronically! The President’s Award and Diamonds 24 Karat Trophy: The President’s Award recognizes the efforts of a servicedelivery team or committee whose exemplary service in support of delivering the Girl Scout Leadership Experience surpassed team goals and resulted in significant, measurable impact toward reaching the council’s overall goals. President’s 24 Karat Diamond trophy -Celebrate our 100th year anniversary by obtaining this prestigious MVP award. This yearlong achievement requires efficiency and dedication from every member of the Service Unit team, as well as the wholehearted cooperation of troop leaders. The 2012 recipient is Ozark Trails SU! Check out our website today to see how your Service Unit is doing! Will your SU be the next Diamonds 24 Karat Team? Facilitator Retreat: Mark your calendar for the 3rd Annual Facilitator Retreat on March 15-17, 2013 at beautiful Camp Taloha. We will come together for training updates, new class information, class refreshers and FUN! This Retreat is for Girl Scout Volunteers who actively facilitate classes for the Diamonds Council, and those that are interested in facilitating. Page 14 Girl Scout Training Reaches Far Beyond the Classroom Girl Scouts – Diamonds was recently contacted by Ms. Lisa Pelto, who shared a remarkable story with us about how Girl Scout training actually saved her father’s life. With permission of all parties involved, we thought it would be great to share this story of training put to the ultimate test. As Girl Scouts, our motto is “be prepared,” and in honor of the 100th anniversary of building girls of courage, confidence and character, we share this story with you as a reminder of the many ways that Girl Scouting impacts lives. ### When Kathy Lowe, a troop leader in Bentonville, AR, stopped at the grocery store with her daughter after a troop meeting one Saturday a couple of years ago, she no doubt thought it was business as usual. But when a routine shopping trip turned into a life-threatening incident for one shopper, Kathy used her Girl Scout CPR training to alter the course of two families’ lives. Read Kathy’s story below, in her own words. Submitted by Kathy Lowe, a Bentonville Girl Scout Leader: My daughter, Christina, and I stopped at the Harp’s in Bella Vista Town Center after a Girl Scout meeting on our usual Saturdays a couple of years ago. We were walking towards the frozen food section when something told me to look around behind me. As I turned around I saw this very tall, elderly man falling face-first to the floor. I told Christina to grab the basket and we ran to him immediately. My CPR training went into effect and I yelled for a first aid kit, told the guy at the customer service desk to call 911, and without hesitation started working on the elderly gentleman. The man had titanium glasses and they were just crumbled, lying on the floor. After checking his pulse and other immediate CPR requirements, I was able to turn him over onto his back, and that’s when I noticed that he had a HUGE egg-shaped lump on his forehead. The lump was growing by the minute so I asked for clean towels, gloves, and other items to apply pressure to the lump and try to keep it from spreading. My daughter Christina assisted me the whole time. When the gentleman finally came to, he was unable to tell me what happened and he could not tell me his name. EMT arrived shortly after and he was taken to the hospital. I stayed behind at the store to complete the accident report and other paperwork. I was unable to sleep that night, thinking about that man and wondering if he was okay. At the time, I did not think to look at his checkbook for his name, or his contact information to get in touch with his family. The next day I was able to find out the man’s name (Daniel Langdon), and learned that he had been taken by helicopter to a hospital in Missouri for immediate surgery to save his life. The Langdon family got my contact information from the store manager and called to thank me for helping to save Mr. Langdon’s life. Mrs. Langdon requested that we meet once her husband got out of the hospital and when we did I was thankful to see that he was okay. Since that fateful day, my daughter and I have been very close with the Langdon family and we keep in constant contact with them to see how Mr. Langdon is doing these days. I am not one to think of myself as a hero or anything like that – I am just grateful for the CPR training that I received as a Girl Scout Leader and our wonderful CPR instructor, Drew. Knowing that Mr. Langdon is okay is all the thanks I need. Page 15 Stop.Think.Connect. The Girl Scouts of the USA has partnered with the U. S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and joined the Stop.Think.Connect. Campaign’s National Network You text, you play games, you share photos and video. You update your status, you post comments, you probably spend some time in a virtual world. Being online—connected through some sort of device—is how you live your life. And as you spend more of your time there, it can be easy to over-share, embarrass yourself, mess up your computer, and possibly get messages from creepy people. The truth is there are some risks involved in socializing, playing, and communicating online. Regardless of how fast your fingers fly on a keyboard or cell phone, the best tool you have to help avoid risks online is your brain. When you’re ready to post or send a message or a photo, download a file, game or program, or shop for something—stop for a second. Think about things like: • Do you know and trust who you’re dealing with—or what you’re sharing or downloading? • How will you feel if your information ends up somewhere you didn’t intend? Share With Care: • Your online actions can have real world consequences. • Once you post information online you can’t take it back. • Get someone’s okay before you share photos or videos they are in. • Don’t stand for bullying online or off. Cyberbullying: Cyberbullying is bullying that happens online. It can happen in an email, a text message, an online game, or on a social networking site. It might involve rumors or images posted on someone’s profile or passed around for other people to see. Protect Yourself: • Use privacy settings to restrict who can see and post on your profile. • Limit your online friends to people you actually know. • Learn about social mapping. Protect Your Information: • Some information should stay private (social security numbers, bank account numbers, credit card numbers etc.) • Keep passwords private - even from your best friends • Don’t reply to a text message or email that is requesting personal information. Protect Your Computer: • Be cautious of opening attachments or clicking on links. • Remember that, sometimes, free stuff like games, ring tones and screen savers can hide viruses. Facebook is a place to share photos and short snippets of what your troop is doing. Be sure to follow our page in order to keep up with current news and events. @GS_Diamonds Diamonds Council Who to follow on twitter: @DiamondsCEO Denise Stewart Diamonds Council CEO @GirlScoutEagle1 Anna Maria Chávez GSUSA CEO Want to see the #19thAmendment? Check out our website for details about the special program at the @WJCLibrary Oct. 20! Be sure to tag #ForTheGirls in your tweets to show your support for the ToGetHerThere Campaign! Pinterest is a source of great ideas to help you come up with a craft or activity for your next troop meeting or event! Be sure to check out our “Very Pinteresting...” section in our L-Vine publication. Check out this awesome idea for a fortune cookie SWAP! Record a video with your troop and share it with the Council’s YouTube Channel. You can also find training videos and photo montages on our channel. Girl Scouts - Diamonds currently has a guest blogger, Dr. Deborah Lafferty, who has been writing about Juliette Gordon Low and other historical information related to Girl Scouts. Dr. Lafferty was part of the Mount Magazine Legacy Council which she still visits when she visits the states from her home in England. Be sure to add us to one of your circles to stay up to date on Council news. 615 W. 29th Street North Little Rock, AR 72114 www.girlscoutsdiamonds.org