Being a “Buddy” to All Kids!

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Photos and story via the Jordan Independent.

For the Brownies in Troop 34643, building a better world begins in their own playground. They’re making a big impact at their school with a Buddy Bench, a new spot for kids who are feeling lonely to sit and signify that they’re in need of a buddy to play with.

After learning about other schools that had set up Buddy Benches, these girls thought their school should have one of its own. Their troop met at Jordan Elementary School playground last May, and discussed how the Buddy Bench could be used, how to pay for it, and the best size and color for the bench.

Next, the girls met with By the Yard, a local furniture showroom, and shared their ideas. These young entrepreneurs gained sales experience by giving a sales pitch, and successfully convinced the company to cover more than half the cost of the bench! They even included engraved lyrics from the Girl Scout, song, “Make New Friends, Keep the Old.”

“Those words fit the whole idea of the Buddy Bench,” says troop co-leader, Leah. “All the girls understand how they are spreading goodwill with this community service project and how it is so much bigger than just paying for and installing a playground bench”

Now this Buddy Bench serves as a place for elementary students to sit down or bravely stand up to make new friends or resolve differences. All kids at the school are taught to invite others to play if they see them sitting on the bench.

These girls have big plans for future friend-making.

“Next year, we hope to donate a Buddy Bench to St. John’s School and eventually add a second Buddy Bench at Jordan Elementary School,” says troop member, Madelyn.

Awesome work, girls!

Add a Friend – Get a Patch!

Add a Friend 2016No one knows more about the awesomeness of Girl Scouting than the girls themselves! When girls spread the word about the fun and adventure to be had in Girl Scouts, they help to add more sisters to the Girl Scout family!

We want to thank you for being a super-spokesgirl with an Add-a-Friend patch. If you recruit a friend to sign-up, fill out the form below!

Promotion Rules and Details

To earn this patch, referring Girl Scouts must:

  1. be current (2016-2017) members of Girl Scouts
  2. live within Girl Scouts River Valleys council area

The girls they refer must:

  1. complete their (2016-2017) Girl Scout membership before December 16, 2016
  2. be new to Girl Scouts in 2016-2017 year (no memberships since October 1, 2014)
  3. live within Girl Scouts River Valleys council area

One patch per referring girl per year. Patches will be mailed to the referring Girl Scout in January 2017.

The Add-A-Friend submission form closed in January 2017.

Dayne and Shauna Share Their Love of Reading!

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As Girl Scouts, girls build a better world starting with their local communitiesFor their Bronze award, Dayne and Shauna wanted to share their love of reading with kids who are living in homeless shelters. These Girl Scouts from Troop 15016 set out boxes at businesses so people could donate new or gently used books. In addition, they decorated and placed donation jars at a few businesses to collect money to purchase new books.

All together, Dayne and Shauna collected and donated 1,000 books to Sharing and Caring Hands homeless shelter in Minneapolis. We’re so proud of their work – way to go, girls!