Dear GiGi,
I just joined Girl Scouts and I am a bit overwhelmed by all of the things there are to do? Advice on how to decide which Journey to pick or what camp activity to sign-up for?

-New GS

Dear New GS,

My advice to you for picking a Journey is to go to, click on programs and then pick Journeys in order to find a list of the Journey books and topics, or go to a local Girl Scout store to look at the books they have available. Pick the book that looks interesting to you and flip through it and see if you like the activities it asks you to do!
As for camp activities, go with something you think sounds fun and take into consideration the time of day you are doing the activity. I would sign up for a water activity during the hottest part of the day so you can cool off. Doing a camp activity with a friend is also a good idea, so if you and your friend sign up at the same time it can be really fun, just make sure to meet new friends as well!


I just spent the summer at my Dad's house and I made some awesome friends where he lives. I am now back in Georgia for school and I am worried about loosing my new friends? GiGi, what should I do? I dont want to loose my new friends?

-Living Two Lives

Dear Living Two Lives,

I would make sure to have the phone numbers and email addresses of your new friends so you can talk everyday! Keep in touch with them by calling or texting and tell them all about how things are at your Mom’s house. You could also become pen pals with them and send letters and pictures back and forth. You can even make a game out if it and create your own secret code and only write to each other using that code! Social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter are also a great way to keep in touch with each other’s everyday lives. Just be sure you have your parents’ permission before you create a profile.
My last piece of advice is that every time you visit your Dad’s house, make sure you spend some time with your friends!


13 sucks! Any advice on how to survive the 9th grade?

Dear Desperate,

9th grade is one of the hardest years, but there are some things you can do to make it better. First, I suggest joining clubs and sport teams to meet a variety of new people, become as involved as you can in your school because it is very impressive on college applications!
Make sure you keep an agenda or calendar of all your activities and homework because it can be very overwhelming.
Second, make sure you do all of your work at school and get good grades because you will be thankful for it as you start to take harder classes.
Third, don’t be afraid to ask a teacher for help finding your next class or if you don’t know how to do something.
Lastly, look around your school for posters because they can keep you informed about all the things going on in your school. Just remember that you aren’t the only one, everyone has been there and everyone around you is just as afraid as you are.


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