Friday, May 6, 2011

Mother's Day the Girl Scout Way

In Atlanta, CARE, Girl Scouts of the USA and Barnes & Noble are teaming up this weekend for two book events in time for Mother's Day. Special readings at Barnes & Noble in Buckhead will help Girl Scouts earn Global Action Patches and a nationwide Bookfair will raise money for CARE's global poverty-fighting mission. On Saturday, April 30 and Sunday, May 1, Girl Scout Daisies, Brownies and Junior Scouts will have an opportunity to earn a Global Action Patch by attending special readings at Barnes & Noble's Buckhead store in Atlanta.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal has a fantastic article on mother-daughter volunteer duos. One mother-daughter team highlighted is Phyllis Hendrickson and her daughter, Wendy, who began volunteering together through Girl Scouts of the USA. Hendrickson said she is glad for the time spent with her daughter saying, "they grow up so fast, when I look back now, it seems like she was just born."

In Canada, the London Free Press reports on sporty activities available for mothers and daughters on Mother's Day. Doreen Verberne, of Watford, Ontario, has been climbing mountains and camping out on Mother's Day since 1999. A Scout leader for 17 years, she first attended the Dorchester International Brotherhood Camporee with her own children. Now that they're grown, she's still a Scout leader and still takes her troop to this huge event in Dorchester, Ontario. According to camp organizer Ron Patterson, it usually attracts 2,000 to 3,000 Boy Scouts, Girl Guides and Girl Scouts from Canada and the U.S., some from as far away as Kentucky and West Virginia. He estimates that around 200 of the 600 leaders are moms.

How are you celebrating this Mother's Day?