Welcome to the blog of Girl Scouts of Eastern Oklahoma! We are here to celebrate our girls and volunteers and to tell their stories. We are also here a resource and as experts in girls, Girl Scouting, outdoor skills, safety skills, community, and youth development.
Posted By Administration,
Friday, April 18, 2014
Updated: Thursday, April 17, 2014
As we celebrate Girl Scout Leader’s Day on April 22, we want to say thank you for all you do to make Girl Scouting possible in eastern Oklahoma.
You have given something very special to our girls … your time, your energy, and your talents … so that they can grow into tomorrow’s strong, confident leaders.
You lead by example and pave the way for them to become the next generation of volunteers as well. Because you said yes when someone asked you to make a positive difference …
A young girl will feel the pride of being someone special as she carefully puts on her uniform for the first time.
Parents will experience that special pride when they listen to their daughter say the Girl Scout Promise for the first time.
Bright eyes will become a little brighter with excitement as the kindling finally catches on the first campfire and nervous giggles will emit from tents as girls try to fall asleep on their first night of camp.
Young lives will be energized by the ability to truly make a difference in ways that are meaningful to them.
A Girl Scout can move to a new town and have the confidence to make new friends and have an instant bond with Girl Scouts she has not yet met.
The community and the world will be richer because a girl has learned the importance of caring for others and serving her community.
An eager teenager will believe in herself and confidently make plans for her future.
A young woman will contact a Girl Scout office one day and say, “I had so much fun when I was a Girl Scout. I’d like to try being a leader.”
And the circle will continue because you said ... “YES!”
From the Girl Scouts of Eastern Oklahoma board of directors and staff, thank you again for all you do to make Girl Scouting possible for girls all across our council. WE are grateful!
(P.S. If you are one of our leaders and did not receive a letter in the mail with a special, exclusive coupon, please contact Pam Edge.)
Girl Scouts of the USA CEO Anna Maria Chávez is proud to stand strong with Girl Scouts across the country in a new video where she sets the record straight on recent misconceptions about the organization.
Posted By Administration,
Thursday, February 06, 2014
As we step into our most visible time of the year with the annual Girl Scout Cookie Sale, it is time to review what Girl Scouts of Eastern Oklahoma stands for, believes in and supports. This is a great opportunity to affirm our organization's positions on a number of topics with you as we continue to receive inquiries from our members and want to ensure everyone has accurate information.
Members of Girl Scouts of Eastern Oklahoma appreciate the rich diversity of values, opinions and beliefs surrounding religious and social issues. Our membership is open to all girls and adults who accept the Girl Scout Promise and Law and who meet membership requirements. We are an inclusive organization, and we do not discriminate or recruit on the basis of race, religion, ethnicity, socioeconomic status or national origin. We welcome members of all abilities. The organization does not permit advocacy or promotion of personal lifestyle or orientation.
Neither Girl Scouts of Eastern Oklahoma nor Girl Scouts of the USA partner with Planned Parenthood, nor do we have any plans to do so in the future, and we do not utilize Planned Parenthood materials in our programs. Our organization does not take a position on abortion or birth control. We believe these matters are best decided by girls, their families, and their faith communities.
As always, we remain focused on our mission to help girls develop courage, confidence and character and make the world an even better place.
Roberta Preston, CEO Girl Scouts of Eastern Oklahoma
The Girl Scout Cookie Program provides an important ingredient
for leadership by helping girls develop five key skills: Goal Setting,
Decision Making, Money Management, People Skills and Business Ethics.
These five skills are an important component of the Girl Scout Leadership
Girls earn Cookie Credit which may be used to discount the
cost of activities like day camp, resident camp, or other special events; and
for items purchased in the Girl Scout Store that will enrich her experience.
This credit accumulates throughout her years as a Girl Scout.
The Cookie Program also empowers girls themselves to decide
how to spend part of the proceeds – including ways to make the world a better
place and lead change in their communities. Active participation will
provide funds for the troop’s activities, and helps to underwrite the costs of
all council campsites, facilities and programs, making them affordable for all
Don’t forget … it’s not too late to sell Girl Scout
Cookies! If you’re not yet a Girl Scout, you can join online at www.gseok.org/onlineregistration.
If you are in a troop, talk to your troop leader about getting started.
Individually registered Girl Scouts can participate as well. If you’re not sure
who to contact, send a quick email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our camps have passed ACA inspection! Only 13 resident camps in Oklahoma have achieved this prestigious accreditation with over 300 health, safety, and program standards to be met. CONGRATULATIONS to our wonderful staff, donors, and volunteers who help ensure the quality of our programs and facilities!
ACA Accreditation and Standards
Educates camp owners and directors in the administration of key aspects of camp operation, program quality, and the health and safety of campers and staff
Establishes guidelines for needed policies, procedures, and practices
Assists the public in selecting camps that meet industry-accepted and government-recognized standards. ACA's Find-A-Camp Database provides the public with many ways to find the ideal ACA-accredited camp
What does this mean to the public??
A trusted sign. The ACA-Accredited Camp sign has 50 years of parent trust behind it.
For a very busy and preoccupied public, a way to presort among camp options. Accreditation identifies those programs which offer a solid foundation of health, safety, and program quality.
Assurance that you comply with up to 300 health, safety, and program quality standards.
Solid proof of your accountability, credibility, and commitment. Evidence that you care. It demonstrates you have gone to great lengths, have been evaluated, and have passed the test!
It shows you continually seek expert counsel. Experts from many fields: The American Academy of Pediatrics, American Red Cross, etc., continually work with ACA to improve our camp standards program.
Posted By Girl Scouts of Eastern Oklahoma,
Monday, May 20, 2013
Updated: Friday, May 17, 2013
Recently Girl Scouts of Eastern Oklahoma has been honored to receive two
very special awards. On March 14, we were presented with the Social Justice and
Human Rights Award at Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority’s 83rd Mid-Western Regional
Conference. The award recognized the work of our Girl Scouts Beyond Bars
program and its impact on breaking intergenerational incarceration.
GSEOK representative Sheila Harbert, right, accepts the Social Justice and Human Rights Award from Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority.
On May 15, we
were presented with the Oklahoma Business Ethics Consortium’s Community Impact
Award at their annual meeting. The award recognizes businesses that are
positively impacting their communities in ways that inspire "strong principles, ethical leadership and integrity.”
From left to right: Marilyn Palik, Jason Burnette, Camille Koster, Ingrid Williams, Roberta Preston, and Kevin Hill attend the Oklahoma Business Ethics Consortium annual meeting to accept the Community Impact Award. Board members Pam Crawford of Bartlesville and Jane Swinney of Stillwater also attended.
We are proud
to have received such awards and express our deepest thanks to Alpha Kappa
Alpha Sorority and the Oklahoma Business Ethics Consortium. Girl Scout of
Eastern Oklahoma strives to build girls of courage, confidence, and character,
who make the world a better place. Nearly 11,000 girls across 30 counties are
learning to live ethically and inspiring others to do the same. From troops to
special outreach projects and beyond, these values are going beyond personal
growth and flowing into their communities to help meet the needs of those
Above all, we
thank our girls, volunteers, and staff, without whom these awards would not
have been possible.
As we round the corner of our 101st birthday as Girl Scouts, I am not only proud to be part of the second century of Girl Scouting, but I am exceedingly proud of our dedicated volunteers who make this organization great in eastern Oklahoma.
Every year, over ten thousand girls receive the most amazing gifts: your time; your talents; and your resources. From your example, those girls also give of their time, talents, and resources to their communities and beyond. Your gift truly keeps on giving.
And during a time in our world when we see the news filled with stories of how others are taking ... taking life, taking belongings, even taking hope ... what you do is even more crucial as we all do our part to make this world a BETTER place. The Girl Scout Promise and Law takes on even greater meaning. Seeing it in action through our volunteers and girls is a privilege I will always hold dear.
Thank you for your service to girls, their families, and our community.
Happy Girl Scouting!
Roberta Preston, CEO Girl Scouts of Eastern Oklahoma
Bullying is the act of
causing someone else pain for your own pleasure. Unfortunately, many girls
encounter bullying situations at school, on the bus, even amongst their
friends. It is often a challenging situation and girls who are unprepared
to handle these situations often end up doing nothing, for fear of making the
situation worse or of becoming a target themselves. The Girl Scouts of
Eastern Oklahoma’s Powered Up program prepares girls to intervene safely and
empowers them to start making changes in their own lives.
The four principles of
intervening in a bullying drama are 1. Doing nothing? Not an option! 2. Keep
yourself safe. 3. Maintain the dignity of the target. 4. Don’t bully back.
1. Doing nothing? Not an
option! Although there are varying levels of defense, the minimal level of
assistance is to report the incident to a trusted adult after it happens.
The best level of defense is a smart and prepared response in the moment, but
not everyone is able to offer that at the time. Everyone is able to get
the help of an adult though.
2. Keep yourself safe. At no
point should a girl put herself in danger either emotionally or
physically. It is often scary to step up, being brave is often scary, but
it should only be fearful in the aspect of stepping out of a comfort zone, not
stepping into a violent or aggressive situation.
3. Maintain the dignity of
the target. The target has already been attacked, so carefully wording a
response that does not further the hurt is important. A tactful response
keeps this in mind.
4. Don’t bully back. Bullying
is ALWAYS wrong, even if the target used to be or currently is the bully.
It is never okay to cause someone else pain intentionally.
Girls who are interested in
learning more about intervening, want to practice good defenses, and learn ways
to create an environment where everyone treats each other nicely and with
respect can attend GSEOK Powered Up events. You can find more information
about this program here.
Posted By Roberta Preston,
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Welcome to the new GSEOK website. We are moving forward into
our next Girl Scout century with a fresh strategy for bringing more
opportunities to more girls throughout eastern Oklahoma. Whether you are
a girl, volunteer, parent, or community partner, we want to welcome
you to Girl Scouting in our second century. Our staff is here to serve
you in all of your Girl Scouting endeavors. Join us as we become a
premiere Girl Scout council by delivering
leadership experiences with
excellence and dedication.
If you are a current member, please sign up on this site and
join the groups of interest to you. If you are not a current member but
would like to know more, please use our online contacts, email JoinGS@gseok.org, or call 800-707-9914 to
receive more information. You can even connect with us via Twitter, Facebook,
or even our recent addition of Pinterest. You can also follow me on Twitter @CEOgseok.