Through activities in science and technology, business and economic literacy, and outdoor and environmental awareness, Girl Scouting provides girls with opportunities for fun and friendship while fostering the development of leadership skills and self-esteem.
Girl Scouts incorporates three keys to leadership: We help girls discover themselves, connect with others and take action to create positive change in their communities. The leadership processes are girl led and encourage learning by doing and cooperative learning.
From learning the Five Essential Skills for life through the Cookie Program to international travel, our Girl Scouts are becoming leaders, learning lifelong skills, traveling the world, having fun and making a difference in their communities every day.
Daisy Girl Scouts (Grades K-1)
The First Step in a Lifetime Adventure
Daisy Girl Scouts meet in groups of five to 10 with two or more adult leaders in a nurturing, inclusive environment. They go on trips, learn about nature and science, and explore the arts and their communities. Daisy Girl Scouts can also earn Learning Petals and receive participation patches.
Brownie Girl Scouts (Grades 2-3)
Going Places, Making New Friends
Brownie Girl Scouts work together in groups, earn Brownie Girl Scout Try-Its, 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.
Junior Girl Scouts (Grades 4-5)
Explorations, Fun and Best Friends Forever
Junior Girl Scouts earn badges and 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/group leaders.
Older Girl Scouts (Grades 6-12)
Ready to Become, Belong, Believe and Build
Girls ages 11-17 participate in Girl Scouting in many ways. Under the guidance of a trained adult advisor, girls mix and match activities and resources to suit their needs while giving back to their communities. They connect with each other and build self-esteem and confidence in their skills as they work on a range of projects and gain life experiences.
Violet Richardson Award offered by Soroptimist International of Spokane
Soroptimist International of Spokane is a women’s service organization. The word Soroptimist is a coined word from the Latin words “soro” and “optima” and translates to “best for women”. The purpose of the club is principally service to the Spokane community, but also to society in general – locally, national and globally. They do this by undertaking projects that provide women with basic literacy, income-generation skills, career development, medical care and safety from violence.
Each year the organization awards the Violet Richardson Award for the activities of a young woman between 14 and 17 who makes the world a better place with her volunteer activities. The monetary award does not consider academic achievements and is not a scholarship. It is based on the work done to provide a service to her community.
This award was created to honor young women whose efforts include helping other disadvantaged girls, fighting drugs, crime and violence, cleaning up the environment and working to end discrimination and poverty. The award is named for the first president of the first Soroptimist club because of her devotion to volunteerism. Her motto was “It is what you do that counts” and she lived her life accordingly –as an active volunteer in her community and as a pioneer in the health and physical education field.
For more information about this scholarship contact Soroptimist International of Spokane representatives Lois Tipple at (509) 496-9447 or (509) 328-7805 or Kathy Rettkowski (509) 928-0075.
Girl Scouting is open to any girl in grades kindergarten through 12th grade. Click here to join today!
The For Girls Blog, written by Girl Scouts USA, is a great way to see what Girl Scouts around the country are doing. Click here to read current blog posts.