Thursday, December 1, 2011

Florida Girl Scouts Inspired at Convention, Ready for the 100th reports that eight Tallahassee Girl Scouts travelled to Houston, Texas, for the 52nd National Convention, the official kick-off of the 100th Anniversary of Girl Scouting.

Ranging from 14 to 17 years old, these local Girl Scouts participated in the Girl Scout Leadership Institute (GSLI), a three day program created to help girls develop the skills they will need for the future. Girl Scouts gained entrepreneurial skills, heard real-life experiences of the glass ceiling in the workplace, built and programmed robots and learned about the space program and how Dr. Ride paved the way for female astronauts.

"I absolutely loved the Convention," said Shae Gibbs, 7th-grader at Deer Lake Middle School. "It was very inspirational to hear the guest speakers talk about their time in Girl Scouts and how it helped them."

In the three months prior to National Convention, the GSLI team designed a Healthy Eating blog called Got Health?. The project was part of a national goal set by Girl Scouts to promote healthy lifestyles for girls and women.

As part of the 100th Anniversary of Girl Scouting, Girl Scouts throughout the Florida Panhandle will be given opportunities to travel around the country this year to participate in other leadership-building activities.

"Being able to give girls these types of travel opportunities is what Girl Scouting is all about," said Raslean M. Allen, CEO of GSCFP. "Whether it is to our Nation's Capital, around the world, or simply to a neighboring state, Girl Scouting is creating amazing travel experiences that will shape a girl's future."