It’s been a little more than a week since the calendar pushed us into 2015 which statistically means 92% of the population has broken one (or likely, all) of their New Year’s resolutions. But according to research, there are still more than 350 days left this year and that means all is not lost! Whether you’re still going strong or if you’ve already faltered, Girl Scouts has fun ways for both kids and adults to help meet some of the most common resolutions:
Resolution #1 – I want to get healthy/active
Healthy Living is a core focus of Girl Scouts and there are many programs designed to get girls eating healthy and staying active. Starting with Girl Scout Journeys, each grade level offers specific tips, tricks, and recipes to health and happiness. From Girl Scout Brownies’ (grade 4-5) practical activity that invites girls and their families to make one change in their eating or exercise habits, like taking weekly walks or getting fizzy drinks off the dinner table, to Girl Scout Ambassadors (grade 11-12) being encouraged to advocate for healthier foods in their schools, you can find many activities designed to get you up and moving and making healthier choices.
Resolution #2 – I need to be smarter with my money
This is one almost everyone can get behind. “Fiscal responsibility” is one of those phrases that doesn’t exactly create excitement, but it’s important to start learning as soon as you are old enough to tell the difference between a nickel and a dime. And with the Girl Scout Cookie Program just starting, it’s a perfect way to introduce girls to the concept. One of the 5 Skills the program develops is money management (along with goal setting, decision making, people skills, and business ethics). Girls are asked to count money, give change, consider order quantities, manage inventory, and (best of all) plan how to spend their earnings.
Resolution #3 – Spend less time on the computer/social media
Sure, we see the irony of reading an article online that you may have discovered through social media encouraging you to log off of both and go experience what’s happening IRL. But that’s exactly what you should do. (Well, maybe print this out first). The online world is a fabulous place and with our precious smartphones and tablets, it’s always with us, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t view the world through your own eyes and not an Instagram filter more often. Outdoor programs are one of the first things people associate with Girl Scouts – and with good reason! With Girl Scouts, there’s no shortage of adventures you can enjoy without even thinking about your battery level. Camping, hiking, horseback riding, skiing, spelunking, and star-gazing are just a quick sampling of what awaits you.
Resolution #4 – Learn a new skill
Have you ever hit a bulls-eye with a bow and arrow? Extracted DNA and analyzed fingerprints? Built a robot? Performed CPR? Built an expert campfire? Prepared for the zombie apocalypse? If you said yes to all of these, well you’re clearly taking advantage of all Girl Scouts offers. But if you didn’t, doesn’t that all sound pretty cool? And that’s just a small sampling of things planned for this year. Experiencing something you never thought you could do or didn’t have access to, is one of the greatest thrills in life. These new experiences make us who we are and give us confidence to take on even more. Maybe the only thing better than trying something amazing, is teaching it. Volunteering and showing others what cool skills you’ve mastered is a great way to help others keep their resolutions.
Resolution #5 – Spend more time with family
A wise man once said, “Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around, you could miss it.” And nothing moves faster than childhood (except in the few weeks before Christmas, of course.) You can always find fun adventures for your girls, yourself and even the whole family in Girl Scouts. Or even better, you could be a troop leader or co-leader and experience first-hand your daughter’s courage, confidence, and character growing each day. And with some cool, new technology designed to help leaders plan and organize their meetings and activities, we’ve taken half the time out of volunteering and increased the fun 200%. (Science!)
Resolution #6 – I want to help others
Sometimes the greatest resolution is one that benefits others first. Though community service is encouraged at every level of Girl Scouts, it’s Juniors (grades 4-5) that really kick start the process of truly having an impact on their community and beyond as they work through the highest awards. Whether it’s benefitting people, animals, or the environment, girls work through a progression as they coordinate, execute, and advocate for a project that has a lasting impact to make the world a better place. As adults, there’s no shortage of ways to help others through Girl Scouts. And even if you only have a little time to give in your busy schedule, there is always a volunteer role that you can fill and a girl’s dreams that you can help fulfill.
Happy New Year!