Monday, October 15, 2012

Girl Scouts Coast to Coast - October 15, 2012

Girl Scouts Coast to Coast is a new regular column where we will be turning the spotlight to Girl Scouting news stories from around the country and beyond! Today we begin with a time capsule in Kentucky and wind up helping the environment in Minnesota. Check it out!
  • Ohio's Mansfield News Journal reports that Lexington Girl Scouts recently buried a time capsule. Five troops from Bellville and Lexington buried the capsule on a patch of land in downtown Lexington to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Girl Scouts. "I like that the Girl Scouts in the future can see a part of our history," said Hannah, a junior Scout.
  • Washington's West Seattle Blog reports that Girl Scout Troop 40766 donated a check for $100 to Tent City, also known as "Nickelsville". The money was raised last year through cookie sales. Because there is no electricity or running water at Tent City, the girls decided to contribute money toward their expenses. Nickelsville residents pay over $1600 a month just for portable toilets and sanitation.
  • California's Ventura County Star reports that Chloe Parker recently earned the Girl Scout Gold Award. She also received a City Commendation from Councilman Kevin Kildee at the ceremony along with a U.S. Flag from the office of Congressman Elton Gallegly, R-Simi Valley. Being one of only three students on the Board of the Sierra Service Project (SSP)—a nationwide non-profit—where Ms. Parker participated in three “Weeks of Service” at locations in northeast Arizona, northwest California, and Sierra Nevada foothills provided the inspiration for Ms. Parker’s project.
  • The Daily Commercial, FL, reports that in their first year of competition at the annual soapbox derby at the Leesburg Saturday Morning Market, a team of Girl Scouts outraced several troops of Boy Scouts to take first place in the homemade car division.
  • Minnesota's FOX 47 reports that Saturday at Silver Lake Park in Rochester, a Girl Scout troop raked leaves and cleared storm drains to prevent waterways from being polluted by runoff and other contaminants. The Girl Scout's removed over 20 thousand pounds of phosphorous and prevented millions of pounds of algae growth that collect in storm drains and waterways.