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Building A Better Utah

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From the very beginning, Girl Scouts has ignited the power of G.I.R.L.s (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader) everywhere. Our founder, Juliette Gordon Low, took action to provide support to those in her community when they needed it most. In honor of her, Girl Scouts of Utah created Building a Better Utah, a girl-led, day of service projects to give back to the community.

What Does a Community Project Look Like
 What Does a Project Look Like?

Service projects are designed and run at the Girl Scout community level. Older girls are encouraged to design the service project to focus on the needs they see in their communities. While it may take several weeks to identify and plan, volunteer project should be completed in an 8-hour window. Projects should aim to include opportunities for approximately 25 girls and adults to be actively engaged throughout the day of service. Additional mentors could be developed to lead smaller activities during the day for younger girls and volunteers. 

Armed with the following items from Girl Scouts of Utah, we hope to empower girl-led organizers to recruit volunteers and promote their projects in their Girl Scout community:

  • Girl Scouts of Utah website highlighting projects
  • Directional signage for projects
  • T-shirts for organizers and participants. 
    • Shirts sizes and quantities are limited. Shirts will be given out on a first-come, first-served basis.
    • Adult shirt sizes are men's cut and youth shirts are unisex cut, see adult sizing chart and youth sizing chart.
Service Project Ideas
Service Project Ideas
  • Collect books and other reading materials and deliver them to shelters and schools.
  • Build buddy benches and install them at schools.
  • Clean up one of your favorite hiking trails.
  • Rake leaves or paint a house for an elderly neighbor.
  • Create activity kits for children in hospitals.
  • Serve meals at a local women’s shelter.
How to Get Started: Girl Scout Communities
How to Get Started: For Girl Scout Communities
  1. Designate 2–3 adults to lead the project in your community
  2. Invite older girls to create a Girl Planning Team
  3. Hold a kick-off meeting to determine the project and plan
  4. Register your community service project below by August 30 by filling out the council sponsored event form.
  5. Fill out the shirt order form by September 4. Shirts are a limited quantity and on a first-come, first-served basis. Adult shirts sizing chart. Youth shirts sizing chart.
  6. Ask older girls to connect with troops in their community to encourage involvement
How to Get Started: Troops
How to Get Started: For Troops

Contact your Community Event Representative to get more information on how you can get involved with your community's project. You can also look at the 2018 projects below and register for an open project near you.

Building a Better Utah

Thousands of community members who benefit

Thousands of Girl Scouts and volunteers engaged in projects

Dozens of service projects developed by Girl Scouts

One Girl Scouts of Utah community

2018 Projects
Diamond Clean-Up - Dixie Community
  • Closed project
  • September 4, 4:00 pm
  • Diamond Valley Elementary

Girls will be cleaning up Diamond Valley Elementary.

Animal Shelter Assistance - Juniper Community
  • Closed project
  • September 10
  • Salt Lake City

Juniper Community toured facilities and made treats and toys for the animals at Salt Lake County Animal Shelter. They also provided donation materials to the shelter.

Glendale Park Clean-Up - Dixie Community
  • Closed project
  • September 11, 3:00 pm
  • Glendale

Dixie Community will be cleaning up Glendale park and the town hall.

Totes for Teens - Alta Community
  • September 13, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
  • Logan
  • Grades K-12

Alta Community is asking troops to donate items to fill tote bags that will be donated to Primary Children's Hospital. Troops can bring puzzles, books, pencils, fun socks, fleece blankets with a teenage theme, etc. Girls will be decorating the tote bags that Alta Community will provide. They are also holding a potluck at their event.

Utah Lake Shoreline Clean-Up - Timpanogos Community
  • Closed project
  • September 13, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
  • Vineyard Marina

Timpanogos Community will be cleaning up the shoreline and trail along Utah Lake near the Vineyard Marina.

Nite in a Box - Lakeview Community
  • September 15, 5:30 pm - September 16, 7:00 am
  • Layton 
  • Grades K-12

Lakeview Community will be hosting a Build a Better Utah event teaching participants about the hardships of being a homeless teen. Juniors and older girls will be spending the night in a cardboard box and Daisies-Brownies will have dinner in the soup kitchen and participate in the service project. 

Whittier Center Park Clean Up - Cache Community
  • September 15, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • Logan
  • Grades K-12

Cache Community will be hosting a Build a Better Utah event in Logan. Participants* will be helping their community by cleaning up Whittier Center Park.

Wild Flowers and Fortune Hunters - Hunter Valley Community
  • September 15, 4:00 pm - September 16, 2:00 pm
  • Trefoil Ranch
  • Grades K-12

Hunter Valley Community will be hosting a Building a Better Utah event PLUS a Never the Same Weekend. Did you know that our bee population is in trouble? No need to fear, wild flowers are here! Girls will be planting wild flowers around camp to help save our busy bees.

Animal Shelter Donations - Dixie Community
  • Closed project
  • September 15, 10:00 am
  • La Verkin

Dixie Community is holding a donation animal food drive for their local animal shelter. They will be donating food and cleaning up the shelter.

American Fork Library Assistance - Sunrise Community
  • Closed project
  • September 15, 10:00 am
  • American Fork

Girls will help out American Fork Library by sorting and labeling over 4,000 books.

Law Enforcement Appreciation - Copper Meadows Community
  • Closed project
  • September 15, 10:00 am
  • Kearns

Girls will be putting together gratitude bags and presenting them to local law enforcement.

Clothing Donations - Sanpete Community
  • Closed project
  • September 18, 5:00 pm
  • Manti

Sanpete Community is volunteering at the Resource Clothing Bank. They will be sorting and hanging clothes for the clothing back. They are also asking for donations of new socks and underwear.

Planting a Better Utah - Frontier Community
  • Closed project
  • September 22, 9:00 am
  • Kaysville

Frontier community will be planting trees in Barnes Park in Kaysville.

Riddle and Rhyme Community Baby Shower - Wasatch Community
  • Closed project
  • October 12
  • Location TBD

Wasatch Community is hosting a baby shower, complete with party games and refreshments, and donating all of the gifts to the Welcome Baby program that provides supplies and education to new parents in their neighborhood.

Food Drive - Oquirrh Community
  • Closed project
  • October 13, 11:00 am
  • St. Andrews Food Pantry

Oquirrh community will be collecting food for their local food pantry.

Apples 'n Ghouls - Four Valley Community
  • October 13, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • Midway
  • Grades K-12

Four Valley Community will be working in and cleaning the 100 year old apple orchard and decorating the museum for Halloween. Snacks and drinks will be provided for all participants!

5th Annual Food Drive - Oquirrh Community
  • October 13, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • Riverton
  • Grades 1-12

Oquirrh Community is collecting non-perishable food for St. Andrews Food Pantry.  Family and friends are welcome to participate. Girls can dress up in their Halloween costumes while they do a reverse trick or treat where to give out food and candy.

Spook Alley - Sunnyside Community
  • October 26, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
  • Salt Lake City
  • Grades K-12

Sunnyside Community will be hosting a Spook-tacular Building a Better Utah event at Zion Lutheran Church in Salt Lake City. 

Girls can wear their Halloween costumes for a not-too-scary, spook alley! They will play games, have fun and give back to their community.

Cost of admission is 2 or more cans of food per participant. All the food collected will be donated to the Utah Food Bank. 

Trick or Treat for Food - Suncrest Community
  • September 12 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm and October 27 9:00 am - 11:00 am
  • Roy
  • Grades K-12

Suncrest Community will be hosting not one, but two amazing events for Building a Better Utah!

On September 12 girls are invited to join Suncrest Community at the Rush Funplex for their Renewal Party! They will be collecting school supplies for discounted admission. All school supplies collected will be donated to local schools within the community. 

On October 27, Suncrest community is hosting their annual "Trick or Treat for Food" event. Girls will flyer their neighborhoods and return on October 27 to pick up donated food. They will hold a "Trunk or Treat" at the drop off location starting at 9AM. All the food collected will be donated to our local Food Bank.

2017 Projects
Night in a Box–Layton

October 7 in Layton

Older girls in the Lakeview Girl Scout Community learned about the struggles of being homeless by spending a chilly night outside. Younger girls had dinner in a soup kitchen and participated in a service project. In order to participate, girls were asked to donate an item to Youth Futures, an Ogden teen homeless center.

St. George Marathon Clean-up

October 7 in St. George

Girls participated in a city clean-up service project to help the city after the Saint George Marathon. Girls cleared trash and took recyclables to the local center.

Night in a Box–Ogden

November 10 in Ogden

Girls of Crystal View Girl Scout Community will experience what it would be like to be homeless for one night in chilly November. A guest speaker from the local homeless shelter will be there to talk to the girls about homelessness. Donations will also be collected for the homeless shelter. 

Spook Alley

October 13 in Salt Lake City

Guests are invited to wear theirr Halloween costumes and go through a spook alley hosted by Girl Scouts of Sunnyside Community! Bring a canned food donation for your admition to help feed the hungry. There will also be a craft and a snack for participants.

Diamond Valley Elementary School Clean-up

October 12 in St. George

Troop 745 is going to host a clean-up event at Diamond Valley Elementary School. They will be cleaning up trash as well as cleaning off all of the playground equipment and the grounds around the school.

Care Package Creation

October 13 in St. George

Girls of Troop 1762 in St. George will be creating care packages for the memory care facility. Girl will then visit the residence and learn about the aging process.  

Wasatch Mountain State Park Clean-up

October 14 in Midway

Girls of Four Valley Girl Scout Community will clean-up and make repairs at Wasatch Mountain St. Park. Younger scouts will help with displays and indoor clean-up. Older scouts will be outside to help with the orchard.

Pioneer Park Clean-up

October 14 in Provo

Scouts of Trefoil Girl Scout Community are heading to Pioneer park to weed flower beds, work around trees, clear away weeds, and beautifying the park. 

Book Drive for Women's Rescue Group

October 14 in West Valley City

Girls of Hunter Valley Girl Scout Community will gather books to be donated to Women's Rescue Center.

Spanish Fork Winter Flower Planting

October 14 in Spanish Fork

Girls of Nebo Shadows Girl Scout Community will work with the City of Spanish Fork to plant winter flowers. 

Food Drive

October 14 in Riverton

Girls of Oquirrh Girl Scout Community with their troops or parents will gather food from their neighborhoods and community and donate it to the hungry.

Color Fun Run and Walk

October 14 in Tooele

The Tooele Girl Scout Community will be having the run/walk to collect hygiene products and school supplies for the homeless and near homeless students in the Tooele School District. The entry fee for the event will be these items, which will then be donated. The girls and leaders will also be running various stations during the event, collecting and packing entry donations, and promoting Girl Scouts.

Days for Girls

October 14 in Springville

Troop 1324 will work with Days for Girls, an organization, to create and provide hygiene kits for girls in need.

Boo! Eek! Trick or Treat!

October 14 in Kaysville

Girls in the Francis Peak Girl Scout Community will host a pumpkin decoration party for the residents of Apple Tree Assisted Living where they will learn how they can be of service.

Little Confluence Park Cleanup

October 14 in Salt Lake City

Salt Lake has many outdoor public spaces and girls in the Juniper Girl Scout Community are doing their part by cleaning up Little Confluence Park.

A Day at Taylorsville Food Pantry

October 14 in Taylorsville

Older girls of Copper Meadows Girl Scout Community will be assisting in the warehouse at Taylorsville Food Pantry while younger girls will decorate cardboard boes for the food bank recipients. 

Scouts for Troops

October 14

Scouts in Nebo Shadows Community will make cards for soldiers, both overseas and local. They will also put together care packages to send to the soldiers oversees.

Girls are also working with a handful of local moms in Utah County to get things to their troops in the Middle East via monthly packages. 

Girl Scouts entry for the North Pumpkin Walk

October 15 and 16, 20-22, and 24-25 in North Logan

Girls of Cache Girl Scout Community will be creating a Girl Scout themed entry to the North Logan Pumpkin Walk! They'll create a scene during Cache Getaway on Oct 15 & 16, then troops will sign up to pass out cookies and help clean-up at the walk each day. 

Utah Lakeshore Clean-up

October 14 in Orem

The Timpanogos Girl Scout Community is heading out to Utah Lake Lakeshore to clean-up and create a better visitor experience!

Girl Scouts Giving Back

October 14 St. George

Troop 371 will be serving the community any way they can.

Park Roundup

October 14 in Hurricane

Troop 737 is headed to four parks in the Hurricane area, Virgin City Park, Toquerville City Park, La Verkin City Park, and Hurricane City Park to clear away trash, clean graffiti off of the plaground, and fix up equipment.

Reading to Tots

October 14 in St. George

Scouts in St. George will bring in a bit of magic and adventure to children in the area by reading them stories.

Trick or Treat for Food

October 28

The Suncrest Girl Scout Community is celebrating Girl Scouts' founder, Juliette Gordon Low with their Trick or Treat for Food. Girls and adults will distribute flyers to their neighborhoods, and on Saturday Oct 28 will return in costume and collect the donated food. Food will then be taken to their drop off location in the Roy area. Troops will decorate their cars and girls will be able to participate in a Trunk or Treat. 

The Game of Life

February 17, 2018 in Ogden

In life you from choose to go to college or straight to work, marriage, children, buying a house, job changes, balancing money and so much more. Girls in the Wasatch Girl Scout Community will play a life sized game of life and learn from speakers on how to plan their future.

Purses for People Helping People

October 14 in American Fork

Girls from Sunrise Girl Scout Community will be gathering purses for People Helping People. They will fill the bags with supplies that will help low income women who are entering the workforce. The bags will be filled with scarves, makeup, pens and such. The purses will be delivered to the women through a Sandy Chamber event in December.