Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Collected by: Lime Green Giraffe Event Director, Edie W.

1. Helping Others

We look around at the world and see those who facing struggles, but as a girl it is challenging to make a difference on our own. As a team of like-minded girls and adults working with us, in Girl Scouts, we are able to make a true impact on our communities and help those in need.

2. Connecting
From making friends in troops to meeting new girls while traveling, Girl Scouts gives us a safe space to connect with a wide variety of people.

3. Disconnecting
In a world where we are constantly bombarded by the media and technology, Girl Scouts gives us the opportunity to disconnect and to build relationships with each other and the world around us.

4. Getting Outdoors
Through Girl Scouts, we are encouraged to get outdoors and get dirty. As young people in this modern world, so much of our learning and activities take place indoors. Girl Scouting gets us out of the house and into nature, where we learn, connect and gain important life skills.

5. Trying New Things
From new foods to new activities, Girl Scouts gives us a space to be daring and try new things.

6. Trying New Places
Many troops use the tools provided by Girl Scouts to travel to new places. Whether it’s a new state park or a foreign country, the skills we learn in scouting enable us to plan, raise money, and build a foundation for amazing travel experiences.

7. Building Financial Savvy
Girl Scout Cookies is the largest girl-led business in the world. We learn goal setting, budgeting, marketing, customer relations, merchandising, and much more through the Girl Scout Cookie program. Being connected with a global brand and being completely involved in the process of selling the products gives us the tools to understand business and finances.

8. Being Part of a Sisterhood
Girl Scouts gives us the opportunity to make new friends (and keep the old), but it’s so much more than that! We are part of a global organization that has been around for over a century. There is something truly special about being part of a sisterhood that spans the years and the globe.

9. Connecting with Adults
Girl Scouts gives us the opportunity to spend time with adults who model leadership, kindness, and patience. Access to those role models is so important for us. (And some of us are lucky enough to have those role models be our moms! J) Building relationships with adults helps us learn how to relate to our parents’ generation, and to effectively communicate with adults in every situation.

10. Being the Best Me

Girl Scouts gives us the tools we need to shine. Whether it’s being a leader, working as a team, or just having the confidence to try something new, we’re prepared to make it happen with COURAGE, CONFIDENCE, and CHARACTER. I know, when I use the skills, I’ve built though Girl Scouts, I’m able to truly be the best that I can be.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Welcome to a new school year and to a new edition of the Lime Green Giraffe. What do Destinations, music, camp, life advice; girl empowerment, recipes, serial stories and literature all have in common? They’re all covered this issue of the Lime Green Giraffe!

Yep, this super cool, online Girl Scout magazine, written for girls by girls has articles that explore an array of topics that are applicable and relatable to girls everywhere. So hit our Table of Contents (on the right...see it?) or just browse but do enjoy some of our August 2016 issue.

Saturday, August 6, 2016

By: Eyana R.

      Do you have a favorite YouTube personality that you just love to watch whenever you get the chance? Did you know that when you view their videos, they’re earning money? Companies are willing to pay YouTube creators a lot of cash to have them promote their products. This depends on the YouTube creator’s audience and objective, of course. Let’s say that someone got around 100,000 views, a company will give approximately $10,000.
      Ever heard of PewDiePie? This comedian makes an estimate of $12.7 million, recording videos that get approximately 4 million views PewDiePie is actually the number one most subscribed channel on YouTube with 44,090,040 subscribers! His videos consist of gaming, reacts and just regular vlogs.
      The YouTube channel Smosh, who has 12,745,646 subscribers. This channel consists of two individuals: Anthony Padilla and Ian Hecox. Smosh does not specialize in a specific niche they just do whatever. Anthony and Ian earn about $10.5 million and each video receives 1 to 3 million views
      Markiplier is yet another gamer whose channel doesn’t focus on a specific genre. It’s Markiplier’s personality that makes him stand out above others gamers. This channel makes 7.1 million and receives roughly 1 to 2 million views on some videos. I think Markiplier is another one of the most enjoyable channels. 
By: Joyce S.

So You’ve Caught the Feels...

Heart melting smile, dazzling eyes and a heart of gold; who just popped into your mind? It sounds like you have been struck by the Love Bug.

Don’t worry, I won’t tell! It’s our little secret. But, now that we’re on the topic of crushes, what’s your plan? Will you express your feelings or wait until your crush makes the first move? Oh, calm down, I can hear your heart beating from here! I’ll help you get your heart straightened out.

        Personality comes first! When choosing a crush, there is absolutely nothing wrong with liking how they look. But, please don’t fall victim to the “Looks-Make-You-Good-Person” thought. Even their face makes you melt inside, don’t get attached just yet!

        What do you look for in a crush? Someone funny? Someone creative? Make sure you know what you like so you don’t end up with feelings for the wrong person.

        Crushes aren’t everything! No matter how nice or awesome they are, remember that they are human, just like you. Although I’m sure your crush is amazing make sure to stay true to yourself. It’s so easy to get wrapped up in bubbly fun of a crush but make sure you have a support system just in case it comes crumbling down. Heartbreak hurts, and make sure you can always pick up the pieces.

By: Avery B.

We’ve all made to-do lists, and written goals, and even written reminders to finally do that one thing someday, but have you ever made a bucket list? Bucket lists are essentially a list of things you want to accomplish or see before you die. They can be a simple list like five quickly jotted down activities or as complicated as seven detailed pages of things to do on every continent.

Here at the Lime Green Giraffe, we decided to create a bucket list specifically for Girl Scouts. While ours isn’t seven pages long, whether you’ve been a Girl Scout for 11-years or just started out, there are plenty of places to go and things to do! Here’s our bucket list.

No matter where you are, these activities are Girl Scout classics.

1.    Sing some campfire songs like Tarzan, Princess Pat and Little Sally Walker!
2.    Trade SWAPS-small handmade keepsakes, generally found at summer camps or troop fairs
3.    Host a badge workshop and help younger girls earn a badge while having fun!
4.    Attend a Cookie Rally and get pumped for Girl Scout cookie season
5.    Earn your Girl Scout Bronze, Girl Scout Silver and Girl Scout Gold Awards! To learn more about these awards click here 
6.    Try some traditional camp activities like canoeing or archery or even take on a high challenge course!
7.    Go geocaching or letterboxing and search for hidden treasure.
8.    Cook a meal entirely over a campfire. Try popular recipes include Monkey Bread, tinfoil wrapped quesadillas and s’mores!
9.    Be a CIT or Counselor-In-Training at a Girl Scout summer camp. You will get a camp nickname and all!
10. Go tent camping with your fellow Girl Scout troop members.
11. Try awesome crafts like finger knitting.
12. Participate in a Girl Scout flag ceremony.
13. Go a weekend long Camporee for all ages. Your service unit might host one.
14. Try a night hike under the stars!

To give our hometown a shout out, here are some things that are these are some cool to do right here in Atlanta!

1.    Tour Chamberlain’s Chocolate Factory and earn a badge!
2.     Hogwarts here we come! Participate in a “Harriet Potter” week at Camp Meriwether as well as other specially themed camps at Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta camps.
3.    Join a Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta Lego Robotics team.
4.    Become a writer with Lime Green Giraffe! Applications are due in April.
5.    Spend the night right next to the fishes at a  “Scout Sleepover” at the Georgia Aquarium.
6.    Participate in Camp CEO at Camp Timber Ridge and learn from women executive mentors..
7.    Attend the Girl Scout themed Braves night and be a part of the pre-game parade!
8.    Camp overnight with your troop at all five Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta Camps. These are Camp Meriwether, Camp Misty Mountain, Camp Pine Acres, Camp Pine Valley, and Camp Timber Ridge
9.    Shop at the Badge and Sash Girl Scout store in Mableton.
10. Participate in a badge session at the Chattahoochee Nature Center. We hear there are animal encounters.
11. Visit the Museum of Design Atlanta on Scout Night, the second Tuesday of every month and earn cool badges like comic artist or inventor!
12. Take a restaurant tour at places like Chick-Fil-A, Mellow Mushroom, or Krispy Kreme.
13. Sleep overnight at Zoo Atlanta and earn badges while discovering what happens at the Zoo after dark
14. Visit one the Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta STEM expo. Where you might see awesome demonstrations like hover boards and crime scene forensics!

Since World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts or WAGGGS members can be found in 146 countries, these are awesome activities for Girl Scouts to do around the world. 

1.    Visit Girl Scouts of the USA founder, Juliette Gordon Low’s birthplace in Savannah, Georgia.
2.    Visit one of the five WAGGGS World Centres - or visit them all! There are World Centres in United Kingdom, India, Mexico, Switzerland, and Africa.
3.    Take a special trip and hike around Mont Blanc and through France, Switzerland, and Italy with fellow Girl Scouts!
4.    Go on a Girl Scout Destination. A Girl Scout Destination is a special Girl Scout trip to places all over the world with Girl Scouts from around the country. Some Destinations include working with pandas in China, hiking in the Andes Mountains of Peru or tasting the great foods of the U.S. on a food tour. The cool thing about going on a Destination is that you get to grow your leadership skills too. (See Sabrina's article about destinations)
5.    Attend CampHERO in Wisconsin and experience what it’s like to be a police officer, firefighter, and paramedic.
6.    Participate in World Thinking Day celebration. You can also earn the WAGGGS World Thinking Day award.
7.    Visit the Girl Scouts of the USA national headquarters in New York City. You can see various exhibits including uniforms throughout the years and the original trefoil patent.
8.    Visit New York City and experience a Broadway Badge Workshop at Pearl Studios.
9.    Take part in an international scout jamboree like the Essex or Pinakarri International Jamborees or Girl Guides of Canada’s Guiding Mosaic and meet thousands of fellow Girl Scouts from around the world!
10. Participate in the Charnwood International Scout and Guide camp in the United Kingdom.
11. Go on an overnight backpacking trip, whether in a country across the sea or a state park closer to home!
12. Take part in Free Being Me, you can earn a patch that is recognized worldwide, and learn more about being comfortable in your body and standing up to social pressures.
13. Find an international Girl Scout pen pal!

Wow, there’s quite a lot on our bucket list. We hope you go out there and try it all, and make sure to let us know if you do because there’s lots of fun, amazing, totally Girl Scouts things to do!
By Avery B.

Music! It ties the world together, doesn’t it? Every culture, no matter what language they speak, understands rhythm and beat. Music is also a form of personal expression, from songs for bad breakups to songs calling for political change. There is a song for every mood and feeling the human soul can express! And, since there is so much music available out there, we have collected a few songs for certain moods. It’s a little compilation of go to songs for each feeling, so that next time you’re ready to dance or feeling completely confident, you have the perfect music to match!

Nostalgia - For whenever you’re feeling a little down
1.    “Streets of Gold” by NeedtoBreathe
2.    “Oh, What a Life” by American Authors
3.    “Chasing Cars” by Snow Patrol
4.    “Shadow of the Day” by Linkin Park
5.    “The Call” by Regina Spektor

You go girl! - For when you need a little confidence boost!
1.    “Wings” by Little Mix
2.    “All Star” by Smash Mouth
3.    “Get Back Up” by tobyMac
4.    “Fight Song” by Rachel Platten
5.    “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)” by Kelly Clarkson

Smile! - For when you need a little happiness
1.    “Keep Your Head Up” by Andy Grammer
2.    “You’ll Never Be Alone” by Capital Kings
3.    “Stay Beautiful” by Taylor Swift
4.    “Unwritten” by Natasha Bedingfield
5.    “Headphones” by Britt Nicole

In the mood for love - For those romantic or sappy moods
1.    “Rhythm of Love” by Plain White T’s
2.    “Hey There Delilah” by Plain White T’s
3.    “Hey Soul Sister” by Train
4.    “I’m Yours” by Jason Mraz
5.    “Ours” by Taylor Swift

Stand, Stand Strong - For when you need a push to keep going
1.    “Move (Keep Walkin’)” by tobyMac
2.    “Breakthrough” by Lemonade Mouth
3.    “Move Along” by All American Rejects
4.    “Don’t You Worry Child” by Swedish House Mafia
5.    “Meant to Live” by Switchfoot

Just Breathe - For when you just need to feel calm
1.    “Fireflies” by Owl City
2.    “C’mon” by Panic! At the Disco ft. Fun
3.    “Home” by Phillip Phillips
4.    “To The Dreamers” by For King and Country
5.    “Learning to Breathe” by Switchfoot

Fun and funky - For when you’re ready to get groovy!
1.    “What’s the Pressure” by Laura Tesoro
2.    “Safe and Sound” by Capital Cities
3.    “Say Yay!” by Barei
4.    “Stereo Hearts” by Gym Class Heroes ft. Adam Levine
5.    “Counting Stars” by OneRepublic

I woke up like this - For those moments when you know you’re amazing (or need to be reminded!)
1.    “Just the Way You Are” by Bruno Mars
2.    “Who Says” by Selena Gomez
3.    “Gold” by Britt Nicole
4.    “Classic” by MKTO
5.    “Nobody Ever Told You” by Carrie Underwood

Hardcore - For all your passionate (slightly angry) moments in life
1.    “Dear X (You Don’t Own Me)” by Disciple
2.    “How Far We’ve Come” by Matchbox 20
3.    “Ready Aim Fire” by Imagine Dragons
4.    “Immortals” by Fall Out Boy
5.    “Citizen Soldier” by 3 Doors Down

Feelin’ Good - For when you’re just having a good day
1.    “I Lived” by OneRepublic
2.    “On Our Way” by The Royal Concept
3.    “Don’t Stop Believin’” by Journey 
4.    “Party in the USA” by Miley Cyrus
5.    “On Top Of The World” by Imagine Dragons

Hope you jam out and enjoy! Are we missing any songs? Any moods you want us to create a playlist for? Let us know!