Some of our badges are super easy for troop leaders to lead on their own. Others are a little bit more daunting. As incredibly cool as the Inside Government badge sounds in the Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting, I would not even know where to start with getting my troop connected to government ‘insiders’. If you’re like me and don’t have any handy connections with your state representatives or any lawyers in your immediate family (also very handy), but still want your girls to have the priceless opportunity to get up close and personal with government, then I’ve got the event for you!
Coming up on Saturday, February 20 from 8:30 am-12:00 pm, GSRV and MN Women Lawyers is hosting an Inside Government Badge Day at Mitchell-Hamline School of Law which will take care of the majority of steps for completing the badge for you. MN Women Lawyers is incredibly well connected, so your girls will get a chance to interact with women and men from all levels of law and government, from out in the field to inside the courtroom. One of the crowd favorites is a law enforcement officer who brings all her equipment for girls to get up close and personal with (in a safe environment!).
Citizenship is one of the core principles of Girl Scouts, and it’s super important for girls to learn about, get involved in, and feel a part of our government on all levels. This event is a great way for your Junior Girl Scouts to think about issues that matter to them, how they can work for change, and how they can inspire others to be active citizens. And who knows, maybe you have a future lawyer, police officer, or governor in your troop! Also, there is promise of participating in a mock trial, which gets my court TV show-loving self (a guilty pleasure I’ll readily admit to) all kinds of excited.
Natasha Brownlee – Other than chatting with Troop Leaders and planning events, Natasha also works with Gold Awards and runs the In the Loop blog! Her background is in curriculum development, programming, and creative writing. She has bachelor’s degrees in Peace Studies and French and a Masters in Gender, Development & Globalization and has worked with various girl-centered organizations in the US and abroad. Natasha loves traveling around the world, practicing yoga, and hanging out with her dog, Rooney!