Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Girl Scouts Coast to Coast - October 16, 2012

From a haunting history lesson to a life saving Girl Scout and beyond, there is no shortage of Girl Scouts in the media today. Below is today's Coast to Coast:
  • Connecticut's Norwalk Citizen reports that according to the Girl Scouts Research Institute's recent Generation STEM study, what's holding girls back are dated perceptions, lower self-confidence and working environments that still do not fully consider women's needs or contributions. To spark more girls' interest in STEM, Norwalk resident Dr. Cynthia Barnett has created an environment where girls can explore these disciplines. In 1996 she formed the Saturday Academy, which in 2010 became an all-girls program. The Academy now organizes twice-a year Amazing Girls Science conferences at Norwalk Community College.
  • California's FOX40 reports that Christy Bray was recently awarded the Medal of Honor from the Girl Scouts of the USA. The award is given to a scout who has saved a life, or attempted to save a life. Christy came to the aid of her sister following a harrowing traffic accident.
  • Corpus Christi Caller Times reports that The Girl Scouts of Greater South Texas council kicked off their Fall Product Sale recently. The girls sell nuts, granola and other treats in the fall, and not only raise money for their troop but also learn five skills: goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills and business ethics.
  • New Jersey's Suburban News reports that The Girl Scouts of Clark Junior Troop 791 are studying the roles of women in the past, present and the future. As a part of the study, they visited the Merchants and Drovers Tavern Museum in Rahway, for a “Ghosts from the Past,” Cemetery Tour. During the tour, the girls met the ghost of an enslaved woman named Ambo and the ghost of Carolyn Wells Houghton, a famous librarian, author and poet. The girls, also, had the opportunity to visit the tombstone of the infamous ‘Unknown Woman of Rahway.’
  • The Middletown Press, CT reports that Mary Barneby has been appointed the new Chief Executive Officer of Girl Scouts of Connecticut. Barneby, once a Girl Scout herself, takes the helm after more than 30 years in executive positions in the financial services industry.
  • KSN TV 3 in Wichita, KS, reports that 25 years after it was buried, a group of girl scouts got together Sunday to open a time capsule they put into the ground as teens. The girls of scout troop 502 are now grown up, and they all came together from across the country and even over the internet.