- In Kansas, The World Journal reports that Jaclyn Long, a junior at Free State High School, chose to remake a church nursery as the goal for her Gold Award project. Dozens of appreciative members showed up Sunday during Jaclyn’s award ceremony and nursery dedication to express their gratitude. Jaclyn said she chose the nursery for her project because that is where her cello ensemble group would practice, and she could tell it was in need of repair. Church staff and the congregation agreed.
- Connecticut's Norwich Bulletin reports that culinary arts teacher Janel O’Neil hosted Preston Girl Scout Troop 63099 in the professional kitchen of the Brick View Inn to help them work on their creative cooking merit badge. They made brownies, oatmeal cookies and pumpkin muffins, substituting healthier options for traditional ingredients.
- Girl Scouts of the Philippines announced its winners of the council’s 59th anniversary raffle’s draw held at GSP Conference Hall, Dumaguete City on December 13. Read more here.
- Florida's WCTV reports that The Girl Scouts of the USA released the survey which included over one-thousand girls ages 14 through 17. It finds that girls use social networking sites to make themselves "cooler than they really are." In person, girls say they come across as smart, kind and a good influence, whereas online, girls consider themselves fun, funny and social.
- The Texarkana Gazette, TX, reports that The United Way of Greater Texarkana needs the community’s help to make its current fundraising campaign a success. The organization’s 2011/2012 fundraising campaign is in full swing and has raised almost 60 percent of its $1 million goal. The Girl Scouts-Diamonds of Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas affect the community with several programs. The organization received United Way funding for the Leadership Program of Older Girls, the Outreach Non-Troop Program and to expand ropes training at the camp.
- Pennsylvania's Our Town reports that Daisy, Brownie and Junior Girl Scout Troops of Sipesville had a surprise visitor at their meeting Dec. 1. They were visited by Sgt. Sam Wills of the National Guard who just returned home from a tour of duty in Afghanistan. He wanted to come and say thank you to the girls for a gift that he had received from them while serving overseas. In March, the girls made 26 bags of items ranging from daily necessities to a box of Girl Scout Cookies, along with a personal letter from each girl.