Saturday, October 8, 2016

Hear It from a Girl Scout: Putting the G.I.R.L. in Girl Scout Convention

Following is an account from Shannon (Girl Scouts of Wisconsin Southeast) of the G.I.R.L 2017 Girl Planning Team kickoff meeting in July 2016. 
This past May, I received an email from my troop leader sharing an amazing opportunity I had never heard of before. GSUSA was looking for 20 or so girls from around the country to help plan G.I.R.L. 2017, location Columbus, Ohio. I applied and got in, not knowing exactly what I was getting into. I thought this group was planning an event (on a smallish scale) that would be open to Girl Scouts from all over the country. Cool! I was pretty excited. I would get to go to Ohio and New York to help plan and meet new people—right up my alley.

Team-building ropes course

We started on the Internet, with virtual meetings every month to prepare us for the work. I got to know some names and faces of the 20 other girls I would be working with over the next year and a half, but it wasn’t until July that I finally realized the extent of G.I.R.L. 2017.

The retreat itself proved to be fantastic. We toured the convention center where [the event] will be held, and suddenly it all seemed real.

Our main job was to begin the process of planning this, as [I learned it will be], huge event. A lot of our time was spent in a conference room at the hotel, listening to presentations and brainstorming ideas. We toured COSI (Center of Science and Industry), too, where we hope to hold the largest museum sleepover ever. (I’m talking Guinness world record here).

The Greater Columbus Convention Center

Tour of COSI

The kickoff is here. It’s happening—and we are on the case. G-TEAM, as we like to be called, is made up of 21 girls from all over the U.S.: Ohio, Michigan, Arizona, California, Virginia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Texas, Delaware, Kansas, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.

We have one mission: to make G.I.R.L. 2017 the best and biggest girl-led event in the history of time.

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