In its inaugural year, the Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa (GSGI) Book Club program brought together Girl Scouts from across the state, virtually, before it was a necessity to do so.
Designed to connect girls and engage them in Girl Scout programming at home, it launched in Fall 2019 with a selection of Four Girl Scout-focused books, including Lady from Savannah – The Life of Juliette Low; a story about Girl Scout’s founder, Mouse Scouts; a story for younger girls, Raise Your Hand; a story written by a Girl Scout who shares her story of building courage to raise her hand in school, and Path to the Stars; an autobiography written by Sylvia Acevedo, CEO of GSUSA.
Virtual meetings took place in December and May, with GSGI staff leading the discussion. Questions like, “Who do you talk to when you are scared?” and “After reading Raise Your Hand, how many times did you raise your hand in class?” really encouraged girls to share openly with each other.
With nearly 20 girls participating in each meeting, girls were able to connect online with other Girl Scout sisters they may not have otherwise.
“It’s a way for girls to engage in Girl Scouts while at home, but still with our programming,” said Girl Experience Manager Janna Ahrendt.