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August 2021
It's August at Girl Scouts! This signals new beginnings -- both school and a new Girl Scout membership year are starting soon! To celebrate new beginnings, this month's newsletter is all about Daisy Girl Scouts.

Daisies are in kindergarten and first grade, and they are the youngest members of Girl Scouts. Everything a Daisy Girl Scout does— from planting a garden to proudly adding her first Daisy Petal to her vest— sparkles with newness and possibility. Along the way she will use her Daisy exuberance to help others, connect with new friends and mentors, and explore skills that will stay with her as she grows from a carefree young girl into courageous and confident young woman.

In this month's newsletter, you'll meet two Girl Scouts who discovered their passions as Daisies: Elizabeth from Cincinnati and Phoebe from Toledo. Elizabeth aspires to protect the earth by teaching others about “Leave No Trace” camping principles. Phoebe discovered a knack for marketing and philanthropy and gave back to a food bank in her community. Finally, you’ll hear from Community Health Foundation in Springfield, Ohio, who believes in helping girls establish habits that contribute to physical, emotional and relationship health for a lifetime.

We hope you enjoy learning about how your investment in the Girl Scout mission is helping some of our youngest Girl Scouts give back and grow in their Girl Scout journey!
Yours in Girl Scouting,
Roni Luckenbill
Chief Executive Officer
Girl Scouts of Western Ohio
You help girls make the world a better place for plants and animals
When school shut down in early 2020, six-year-old Elizabeth was a Daisy Girl Scout working on badges and journeys through Girl Scouts at Home virtual programming. “Elizabeth has always been one that would prefer a documentary before cartoons,” her mom says.

For one of her badges, she created a video about a favorite subject, the seven principals of Leave No Trace. She shared the video online to remind her troop about what they learned at camp the previous summer. Watch Elizabeth teach her troop about Leave No Trace here.

When you go into nature, Elizabeth says, you should know what you are going to bring and how you are going to keep it contained. “If you leave things behind,” she says, “an animal could eat it and get really sick. It’s important because I love helping animals and I want them to be around many years in the future.”

This year at camp Elizabeth just turned 8, and is now a Brownie, and she is teaching Leave No Trace to the younger girls. “I get to be a leader," she says. "Leading is a learning activity. I help lead so they can also learn to protect the plants and animals.”

Pictured above: Elizabeth’s favorite plant is jewel weed. Here, she demonstrates how to pop a jewel weed seed pod to help the plant grow. 
You are helping Daisy Girl Scouts bloom into tomorrow’s entrepreneurs and philanthropists
When cookie booths in stores were limited due to the pandemic this year, Girl Scouts like Phoebe got creative, hosted cookie booths in their yards, and advertised them on social media.

Joshua Luck, owner of Luck Landscaping, learned about Phoebe's cookie booth on Facebook, and he was inspired by the Daisy Girl Scout's dedication and marketing savvy.

“The day I visited Phoebe’s cookie booth, it was 40 degrees and snowing. Despite this, she was so excited to share her business plan and goals. I saw her drive, her creativity, and her commitment to sell the cookies. It spoke to me as a business owner and entrepreneur.” Joshua says.

After purchasing hundreds of dollars’ worth of cookies, Joshua shared that he planned to donate them to a food bank. Phoebe immediately wanted to help, and Joshua invited her family to join him in volunteering. The next week, Joshua, Phoebe, and her entire family met at a drive-through food bank in Central City Toledo to give back to those in need.

“Phoebe was a superstar the day she helped at the food bank. I will never forget the smiles on people’s faces as they drove through and received their food along with the Girl Scout cookies. We learned that something as simple as a cookie and a giggle from a Girl Scout can bring joy to those in need." Joshua says.

In the end, Phoebe sold more than 2,000 boxes of cookies. Her favorite memory of this year's cookie program?

"Helping people at the food bank!"

Pictured above: Phoebe poses cookie booth she ran on behalf of her troop in her front yard.
Donor spotlight: Community Health Foundation
Community Health Foundation is a nonprofit organization in Springfield, Ohio that is dedicated to creating healthy communities through grantmaking and health education. One of their top priorities is ensuring that Clark County youth eat well, engage in physical activity, and have the resilience and socioemotional health to grow into successful adults who contribute to the community in meaningful ways.

According to Joan Elder, Program Coordinator at the Community Health Foundation, programs like Girl Scouts are essential to achieving this goal. This why the Community Health Foundation invests in our Camp for Every Girl Initiative and Community Outreach Program.

“We support these Girl Scout programs because they give all girls the chance to participate, regardless of a family’s ability to pay. This is important because all children deserve to be healthy. Girl Scouting helps girls establish habits that contribute to positive physical, emotional, and relationship health."
Joan also sits on Springfield City Schools' Board of Education and recognizes the positive impact of Girl Scouting on local girls' academic achievement.

“Girl Scouts supports academic achievement because it connects girls to strong relationships with their peers and caring adults while also building their interpersonal and leadership skills. Developing a sense of curiosity and the confidence to take on challenges influences the way students approach schoolwork,” Joan says. “Kindergarten and first-grade children are especially impacted by programs like Girl Scouts. In Springfield, many children enter kindergarten with significant challenges due to childhood poverty. Girl Scouts gives these young girls experiences they would otherwise not have, helping them connect with their peers and adults in school.”
Thank you for investing in girls, and supporting the visionary doers, innovators, creators and thinkers of tomorrow. Together, we can help girls discover their untapped potential and build girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place. Make a gift today!

In Honor of Girl Scouts Founder Juliette Gordon Low, you can leave a gift that will impact girls for generations. Learn more about planned giving through the Juliette Gordon Low Society.
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