Summer of Service
It's our third year of Summer of Service! We are asking girls and adults to be involved in serving local communities through this great opportunity! Last year, we logged over 4,000 hours and we anticipate even more hours this summer!
We will be tracking all service projects completed from June 1 - Sept. 7.
Register My Project (or log more hours onto my exisiting project)
Service is a key component to the Girl Scout Leadership Experience and summer is the perfect time to lend a hand. Unlike Take Action Projects that are built on sustainability, these service opportunities can be one-time projects that happen at your local nursing home, school yard, community garden, library reading programs, vacation bible school, and many other places. Service work can be as varied as a one-time clean-up of a neighborhood park or volunteering with the Humane Society on a regular basis for two months.
The impact on our communities are so amazing each year through Summer of Service - we can't wait to hear the stories from this summer!
Suggested Projects (and how to turn your idea into a Service Project)
|A Nice Thing To Do||A Summer of Service Project|
|Bake cookies for Grandma||Bake cookies for the shut ins in your neighborhood. While you are delivering them, sing them a song from Girl Scouts and ask them if they were ever once Girl Scouts.|
|Mow your lawn||Get your group together and ask your neighbors, or those that can't mow, if you can help them by mowing their lawn for one day... for the month... for the summer (for free!)|
|Take out the trash||Safely organize a group to walk a littered section of town and clean up all the trash.|
|Send a card to your relative serving in the military||Organize a card making party and collect things for shippable goodie boxes. Create your own homemade cards and pack a goodie box for them, include your card and special message!|
|Send a card to a relative in the hospital||Organize a card making party and send them to the wing of your pediatrics (or any) ward in your local hospital. Take it a step further and (if appropriate) visit those wings and put on a special "Girl Scout song" caroling session to lift the spirits of those sick or injured in the hospital - don't forget green balloons!|
|Pick flowers for your mom||Plant a flower garden in your local community park or school.|
|Donate food to your local food pantry||Help your food pantry deliver meals, package meals, serve meals, sort food... call to find out what kind of volunteer assistance they need in the summer!|
|Visit your local animal shelter||Collect food, blankets, cleaning supplies, and pet toys and deliver them to your local animal shelter. Shelters also need people to help with the animals - so, check with them|
|Make a tie-blanket for your sister||Organize a group of girls to help make tie-blankets and donate the blankets to your local homeless shelter|
Suggested Place to Serve
Girl Scouts and Adults have been serving at the following locations this summer!
- Martin Marietta Materials, Inc.
- Aurelia City Park
- Boy Scouts of America Trailblazer District
- Furry Friends Refuge
- Meals On Wheels
- Des Moines Public Library
- Ankeny First United Methodist Church
- Planting flowers
- Cleaning up the park
- Volunteering as counselors
- Delivering Meals
- Helping with summer reading program
- Helping with Vacation Bible School