Just Write/Right – USA Girls Scouts in Paris Cadette Troop 5 Silver Award

Troop 5 American display

May 12, 2015 – PARIS, France —Since the beginning of 2015, 5 members of USA Girl Scouts Paris Cadette Troop 5 have been working on their Silver Award project. The Silver Award – the highest award a Girl Scout Cadette can earn—gives a Girl Scout the chance to show that she’s a leader who is organized, determined, and dedicated to improving her community. The project from the Cadette Troop 5 girls, called Just Write/Right It, is based on the right to the Freedom of Expression, an issue that ignited in Paris in January 2015. They would like to educate children on the issue of freedom of expression using the concept of how traditional letter writing can make change in communities.

The girls chose this project for several reasons. They felt that, with the recent events in Paris involving journalists and the right to expression, traditional communication by letter writing was disappearing. Additionally, they knew that the power of a community representative is enormous and that  simply writing a letter can help change the world.Since their first workshop at an associative cafe in Paris, the girls have been coming back to the cafe every 3 weeks. They have taught dozens of kids how to write letters. A few of the kids have actually received a reply from the Mayor of Paris and the President of France!

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US Girl Scouts in Paris Help Girls Around the World To Think About Peace

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PRLog – Jan. 26, 2015 – PARIS, France — As part of World Thinking Day 2015, USA Girl Scouts Overseas in Paris is reintroducing their Paris Peace Patch in response to the recent tragic events that have taken place in Paris. World Thinking Day is set  aside on February 22nd by Girl Scouts and Guides to participate in activities and projects with global themes to honor and think about their “sisters” in all the countries throughout the world.

The theme for this year’s World Thinking Day is “Girls worldwide say “We can create peace through partnerships.” and is focused on people coming together for peace.  The purpose of reintroducing the USA Girl Scouts in Paris Peace Patch is as a response to the recent tragic events that have taken place in Paris, and to encourage girls to:

·  Resolve Conflict
·  Reach out to others in peace and friendship
·  Dedicate themselves to Acts of kindness
·  Understand our difference to avoid misunderstandings
·  Rejoice in our likenesses

Through this program, Girl Scouts learn about peace through games, role-playing, guided discussions and crafts. When completed, girls are encouraged to hold a Peace Ceremony with their troop, including poems, songs, and readings, for family and friends. (more…)

2014 Girl Scout National Convention Recap

USA Girl Scouts Overseas Paris Kim PetytEvery three years, Girl Scouts from all over the globe gather together at the National Council Session and Convention to reinvigorate our Movement, celebrate our accomplishments, and chart our future. This year, Girl Scouts in Paris Overseas Committee Co-Chair, Kim Petyt was selected as one of 7 delegates to represent USA Girl Scouts Overseas at the 2014 Girl Scout National Council Session and 53rd Convention in Salt Lake City, Utah. Joining delegates from Japan, Germany, Hong Kong and Italy, Kim was honored to represent USA Girl Scouts in France.

The event, held at Salt Palace Convention Center, kicked-off on October 16th with a welcome video message from First Lady Michelle Obama, followed by a procession of flags from all 146 countries where Girl Scouts/Girl Guides are represented. Highlights of the opening ceremony also included  welcomes from GSUSA’s CEO Anna Maria Chavez, the mayor of Salt Lake City, and an incredibly inspiring message from keynote speaker, mountain climber and author, Alison Levine(more…)

Girls’ Choice: Cast Your Vote On Outdoor Badges!

When asked what the girls should do, Juliette Gordon Lowe responded, “What do the girls WANT to do?”

USA Girl Scouts in Paris is excited to share a special announcement from GSUSA: Four Outdoor Badges are being added to the Program in Fall 2015–  and girls get to vote on the badges they will earn!

GSUSA just announced this new, annual national voting process during the National Council Session at Girl Scout Convention. The four Outdoor Badges added to the Program in fall 2015 will include one each at the Brownie, Junior, Cadette, and Senior levels. To determine which badges will be added, GSUSA is using a “Girls’ Choice” process, meaning girls will take the lead on deciding which new badges will be created! (more…)

Save The Date: Girl Scouts in Paris Open House – September 20th

You are invited to our Open House on September 20th to meet current Paris Girl Scouts and volunteers, try out activities and learn about the Girl Scout program in Paris, France.

What: USA Girl Scouts in Paris Open House
When: Saturday, September 20th, 1:30 – 4:30 PM
Where: The American Church in Paris
65, Quai d’Orsay
75016, Paris
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Girl Scouts in Paris Know How To Rock!

One of the biggest parties of the year for Girl Scouts in Paris is SongFest. Songfest is a traditional Girl Scout event where Girls and Volunteers get together to sing, laugh and socialize. Hosted by Cadette Troop 5, this years theme was “Girl Scouts, Girl Power, Girl’s Rock!” – and they certainly did! (more…)

Soccer Clinic With Princeton Women’s Soccer Team

Created decades ago and relaunched just this past autumn, the Girl Scouts of America GirlSports initiative was created  to highlight all of the amazing sports and healthy-living activities that girls are involved in through Girl Scouts.  GSUSA is proud to continue its’ century-long legacy of committing to girls’ leadership by actively engaging millions of girls in sports, nutrition, and healthy living.

In keeping with the spirit of #girlsports, Girl Scouts in Paris were thrilled to have had a recent opportunity to participate in a soccer clinic hosted by the Princeton Women’s Soccer Team. (more…)

Girl Scouts in Paris Introduce New “Go Green” Environmental Awareness Badge

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PARIS, FRANCE, (March 17, 2014) – To cap off Girl Scout Week 2014 – a time set aside to celebrate the founding of Girl Scouts of America – USA Girl Scouts in Paris has launched a new Go Green Badge and is inviting Girl Scouts around the world to join them in taking their Go Green Pledge(more…)

Girl Scouts in Paris Give Back to the Community

This past holiday season, for the second year in a row, Paris Girl Scouts Junior Troop 35 decided to address sanitation and hygiene as a service project.  What most movies and tourism ads don’t show is that there are over 50,000 homeless or near-homeless people living in Paris alone.  While The City of Paris offers free municipal showers where the needy can go to clean up, clients must come with their own toiletry items- items that many are not able to afford to buy.  Junior Troop 35 chose to donate toiletry kits containing soap, shampoo, toothpaste and other basics to an agency that services this underprivileged community in Paris. (more…)

I Can’t Wait To Be Forever Green – Paris JGL Celebration

During the summer of 2012, the Alcoa Foundation provided a grant to expand the Girl Scouts 100th anniversary Take Action Project Girl Scouts Forever Green to take it globally to 20 countries.  Alix Pouchol from USAGSO-Paris Senior/Ambassador Troop 7 was one of 16 girls from 8 countries chosen to go to Prague, Czech Republic for a week-end retreat to begin the project and global effort to educate others on how to improve the environment and protect natural resources. There, Alix and her sister scouts brainstormed ways to reuse, reduce, recycle, and repurpose. (more…)