In Nebraska, the Lincoln Journal Star reports that last Monday, in celebration of Girl Scouts' 100th Anniversary, the Girl Scouts Spirit of Nebraska council held a groundbreaking ceremony at the site of their new indoor/outdoor education center. A group of Daisies helped turn the first shovels of dirt when they joined in the festivities at the site of "Hilltop House."
Hilltop House is being erected on 32 acres of rare, mixed prairie grass and will take approximately five months to construct. In addition to indoor amenities, Hilltop House will feature three outdoor "Discovery Zones": Discovery Zone One will include a natural classroom where girls can connect with nature within the "walls" of willow fencing. Discovery Zone Two will be gardens, such as a sensory, bird and butterfly and Discovery Zone Three will expand beyond the core gardens allowing for long walks and lovely views of the unique variety of plants and wildlife.
The project was supported by many donors with the lead gift generously provided by Chuck and Donna Wilcox, in memory of Donna's mother --longtime Girl Scout, Marian Othmer Schultz.
Also in Nebraska, The Grant Tribune Sentinel reports that Governor Dave Heineman signed a gubernatorial proclamation declaring 2012 as the Year of the Girl. The proclamation also recognized the Girl Scouts Spirit of Nebraska Council and Girl Scouts of the USA for their 100 years of leadership and expertise as the voice for and of girls.