March 8-14 is Girl Scout Week - Girl Scouts are celebrating their groundbreaking accomplishments throughout the organization’s history.

Building courage, confidence and character ... Cadette and Senior Girl Scouts in Troop 6726 of Waukon have taken part in a number of activities that support the Girl Scout mission of “building girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place”. Pictured above, Troop members Jayden, Haley, Tamara and Ella toured a Simulation and Training Lab at Gundersen Clinic in La Crosse, WI during a Biomedical Engineering event that also included activities such as building a valve that functioned like a heart valve, creating their own 3D printer and designing a prototype for a 3D manufactured bone. Pictured below, Troop members Haley and Tamara tested their courage conquering the high ropes course at Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center in Lanesboro, MN, learning about safety and being a partner by helping each other make it to the end of the course. Pictured below, Troop members Haley, Jasmine and Tamara took part in a guided cave exploration at Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center. Submitted photos.

Girl Scout recognition at hockey game ... Waukon Girl Scout Troop 1857, consisting of local fourth graders and under the leadership of Mandy O’Neill, enjoyed a Waterloo Blackhawks hockey game on a special night in February where the Blackhawks honored Girl Scouts. Pictured above, left to right, are Nalia Benda, Tegan Dahlstrom, Callie O’Neill and Megan Huinker. Not pictured is Troop member Desiree Johnson. Submitted photo.

Most notable, yet just part of something much greater ... Members of Cadette Girl Scout Troop 6770 of Waukon are pictured above with one of everyone’s most favorite aspects associated with Girl Scouts. Left to right, Troop members Candyce Drain and Jordyn Hagensick are hosting a Girl Scout Cookie Table they set up at the Waukon Shopko location last spring. Submitted photo.

March 8-14, Girl Scouts are celebrating their groundbreaking accomplishments throughout the organization’s history. In 1912, Girl Scouts founder Juliette Gordon Low, created an organization for girls to find their leadership potential before women could even vote. Since, millions of girls have developed into leaders of businesses, government, organizations, and most importantly, their own lives.

Today’s Girl Scouts travel the world, go on extreme outdoor adventures, sell millions of cookies online, learn about advanced technologies from STEM professionals, and improve their communities with innovative projects. Some examples of those activities experienced by local Girl Scout Troops are pictured in the surrounding photos submitted by local Troop leaders.

According to the Girl Scout Research Institute, Girl Scouts are more likely to:

• Achieve academically and feel more engaged in school.
• Become strong job applicants.
• Become successful, well-adjusted adults.
• Be happier, healthier and less likely to engage in problem behaviors or be victimized.

Most importantly, Girl Scouts are making these strides in society with the guidance of the Girl Scout mission to have courage, confidence and character. Girl Scouts learn the skills and abilities to make it through any moment in life, making them the perfect fit to take the lead for the next generation.

Through the Girl Scout Program, girls learn to face challenges head-on, embrace failure as a learning opportunity, create lasting relationships and find dynamic solutions to social issues - all while building the skills and courage they need to take the lead every day and empower themselves for life. To join or volunteer, visit

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