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Roopal K. Named USAGSO Young Woman of Distinction

posted Sep 29, 2017, 10:20 PM by Webmaster USAGSO-Singapore   [ updated Sep 29, 2017, 10:32 PM ]

For 2017 Singapore's very own Roopal K. has been named one of the first recipients of the USAGSO Young Woman of Distinction award! Her Gold Award project, Closing the Digital Divide, has been chosen as one of the top 5 projects in all of USA Girl Scouts Overseas this year.

In response to the growing number of Girl Scouts Overseas doing amazing, impactful projects, this year the USAGSO organization created a new  international award to recognize them. This is similar to the USAGS National Young Women of Distinction Award (which is only awarded to 10 girls per year globally).

To learn more about Roopal's Gold Award project, check out this news article and view her Gold Award video from the 2017 Closing Ceremony.

Congratulations Roopal - we are all SO incredibly proud of you!

Japan USAGS Online Store!

posted Sep 12, 2017, 5:05 PM by Webmaster USAGSO-Singapore   [ updated Sep 12, 2017, 5:06 PM ]

  Did you know, USA Girl Scouts also operates an online store out of the Camp Zama location in Japan? They have a huge selection of items (but not everything) from the USA store, some items are even less expensive, and shipping is likely cheaper for small orders.

There is a full catalog of items, part numbers and prices available on a special Girl Scout Store Overseas Pintrest site. (Note, you'll need to create a Pintrest account to see the full catalog details.)

It is not a full e-commerce site, so you simply browse the catalog, fill out an order form and email it to the store for a final invoice (which includes shipping charges). Payments are made using a PayPal account or credit card (via PayPal with no account login required).

More details, order forms and phone and email contact info are on the USAGSO website.

President's Award for USAGSO-Singapore!

posted Aug 20, 2017, 8:15 PM by Webmaster USAGSO-Singapore   [ updated Aug 20, 2017, 8:16 PM ]

USAGSO-Singapore is one of the best overseas Girl Scout programs in the world, but don't just take our word for it! For the 2016-17 school year, USAGSO-Singapore was presented with the President's Award, a recognition given by USA Girl Scouts Overseas for overseas committees that exemplify all that the Girl Scout program offers. The award committee considers programs for the girls, volunteer leadership and inclusion of families as well as communication, involvement in the community and the guidance of the local executive committee. In 2016-17, the award was given to only three overseas committees, Singapore included. USAGSO-Singapore is extremely proud of this honor! Congrats to our girls, leaders and families!!!

2017 Awards & Closing Ceremony Recap

posted May 30, 2017, 3:53 AM by Webmaster USAGSO-Singapore   [ updated Jun 8, 2017, 3:27 AM ]

On 22-May-2017 USAGSO-Singapore held its annual Awards & Closing Ceremony at SAS. One again we had a great crowd, fantastic guest speakers, lots of awards and tons of fun.

The program kicked off with our guest speaker, Stephanie Syptak-Ramnath (US Embassy Charge d’Affairs) who also brought along four women to speak about their careers: Dr. Pae Wu (Materials Scientist), Lt. Commander Barbara Jonas (Navy Officer), Lt. Rebecca Pavlicek (Fencing Athlete) and Jennifer Lucero (Fire Fighter). All had inspiring stories and sage advice to offer the Girl Scouts in the audience.

The program then moved on to the awards, and this year was truly exceptional in terms of the number of girls and adults earning recognition. For Girl Scouts awards and recognition:

  • Fourteen troops earned the Honor Troop badge
  • All nine Girl Scouts in Daisy Troop 12 completed their Singapore Discoverer badge
  • Two Girl Scout Cadettes earned all three Leader in Action (LIA) badges
  • Thirty Girl Scouts earned the Summit Award for completing all three Journeys at their level
  • A total of thirty-three Girl Scouts in Troop 14, Troop 17 and Troop 48 earned their Bronze Award
  • Renee D. and Caitlyn H. received their Silver Award
  • Jaclyn C. and Roopal K. received their Gold Award
  • Hanna C. gave a short speech about receiving the 2016 National Young Women of Distinction Award
  • And many, many Girl Scouts bridged up to the next level:
    • Thirty-one from Daisy to Brownie
    • Fifty-four from Brownie to Junior
    • Thirty-two from Junior to Cadette
    • Four from Cadette to Senior
    • Five from Senior to Ambassador
    • Six from Ambassador to Adult Member

We also had several local and USAGSO Adult Awards this year:

  • Sixteen Troop Leaders and Parents were nominated as “Awesome Volunteers” by our members 
  • Sabrina Lim received the Volunteer of Excellence Award 
  • Gretchen Hearn and Melinda Murphy Hiemstra received the Appreciation Pin 
  • Alicia Mirabelli received the Honor Pin 
  • And Carol Demaio and Nanci-Beth-Routhier received the Thanks Badge 
And finally, the USAGSO-Singapore was one of only three Overseas Committee organizations to receive the President’s Award this year. This award is given to teams that exemplify the goals of USAGSO in delivering the Girl Scout Leadership experience and are recognized as examples for all other overseas organizations to follow.

Congratulations and thanks to everyone, Girl Scouts, parents, Troop Leaders and Committee Members alike, for another excellent year. See you next year!

More Event Photos

posted Mar 5, 2017, 10:26 PM by Webmaster USAGSO-Singapore   [ updated Mar 5, 2017, 10:27 PM ]

In the first two months of 2017 we've had a bunch of fun Girl Scout events, and leaders and parents were there to snap lots of photos to share with everyone. Many are posted on our members-only Shutterfly site where parents can easily & securely share photos of all our major events. We have recently added pictures for the following events:
  • Singapore Scurry Race (Jan)
  • "Discover the Rainforest" Day Camp (Feb)
  • Brownie Journey-in-a-Day (Feb)
  • Overnight Camp (Mar)
If you have photos of any these events and are willing to share, please post them! If you haven't visited our Shutterfly site yet, here's your opportunity to check it out. Click here for instructions to sign up.

Girl Talk (Feb 2017) is Out!

posted Mar 5, 2017, 10:21 PM by Webmaster USAGSO-Singapore   [ updated Mar 5, 2017, 10:22 PM ]

  Our first 2017 issue of "Girl Talk" for the year is out! This is our bi-annual newsletter about Girl Scouts in Singapore where the articles are written by Girls Scouts in Singapore. Please  for visit our Shutterfly members site and download a copy for your Girl Scout.

And,... we've already started on the year-end issue. We are always looking for cool submissions; Girl Scouts can send in field trip photos or reports, short articles on a favorite activity or badge, or even artwork! Send your submissions to Anne Perng (usagsosgpr@gmail.com).

Gold Award for Jaclyn C.: Singapore Leprosy Home

posted Feb 8, 2017, 12:08 AM by Webmaster USAGSOSingapore   [ updated Feb 8, 2017, 12:09 AM ]

A big giant congratulations to Jaclyn C. who was awarded her Gold Award for her work at the Leprosy Home here in Singapore. The home supports 35 residents who have all suffered with leprosy. Because the disease has been eradicated, many forget there are still some living with the consequences. Through the overwhelming support of the expat population here in Singapore, Jaclyn raised donations and sold them at a White Elephant Sale, raising enough funds to buy new comfortable, sturdy chairs for the residents, some of whom have lived at the Leprosy Home since they were three years old. She also orchestrated several visits to the home, bringing lots of joy to the residents. Jaclyn’s work will continued to be supported by a service club at the Singapore American School. Congrats Jaclyn! We’re all very proud of your accomplishment and the work you’ve done!

And, here's a few more photos!


Roopal K. Earns Gold Award: Closing the Digital Divide

posted Dec 15, 2016, 6:31 PM by Webmaster USAGSOSingapore   [ updated Dec 15, 2016, 6:49 PM ]

Roopal K. is no stranger to technology. She was playing with computers as young as 2 years old. Flash forward a number of years and at 12 she became the youngest member of the Singapore Geek Girls, and even started a chapter at her school, the Singapore American School (SAS). She is also a prolific writer, posting numerous articles for the SAS Perspectives blog and has created her own blogging website to share her experiences.

It should come as no surprise for her Girl Scout Gold Award project she chose to use her skills to help others by “closing the digital divide”. By teaching new skills to those with limited access to both technology and related educational resources, her project aims to give them new employment opportunities beyond manual labor.

Roopal created a detailed training course on the basics of Microsoft Office and internet safety. She tested the materials on a group of domestic helpers and younger Girl Scout Troops in Singapore, before heading off to Bangalore, India to teach the course to 80 high school students. In her project summary, she points out that this is just the beginning, “If I expanded my lessons with 10 different curricula, and formed a group of 100 other interested teachers, we’d be able to teach 80 x 10 x 100 = 80,000 students.” While the Gold Award project was completed and accredited by USA Girl Scouts in August 2016, her work is ongoing; SAS has supported students to build a computer lab in Batam so Roopal can continue teaching.

Congratulations Roopal!

Additional Information

Roopal's Singapore Geek Girls Interview & Presentation Video
SAS Hackathon 2016
Singapore American News - Nov 2016 (see page 10)



Dragon Boating Event on USAGSO FB page!

posted Dec 13, 2016, 12:26 AM by Webmaster USAGSOSingapore   [ updated Dec 13, 2016, 12:41 AM ]

  Our Dragon Boating event was so exciting and unique the USAGSO parent organization posted a short article on their Facebook page. Check it out!

Singapore American News: Reaching the Highest Summits

posted Nov 30, 2016, 3:43 PM by Webmaster USAGSOSingapore   [ updated Nov 30, 2016, 3:44 PM ]

Check out the article in the Nov 2016 issue of the Singapore American News about two exceptional young women in Singapore who have earned the highest achievable honor in Girl Scouts: the Gold Award.

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