Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Girl Scouts Coast to Coast - March 6, 2013

Today's Coast to Coast has everything—Anna Maria Chávez, Rep. Jack Kingston, Honey Boo Boo, Savannah Smiles, a warning to the wise and much more. Check it out!

Anna Maria Chávez, CEO, Girl Scouts of the USA, has a column in the Huffington Post. "Last week, I was privileged to be joined in our nation's capitol by more than 20 Girl Scout Gold Award recipients and their council CEOs from across the United States," writes Chávez. "At just 16 or 17 years of age, these young women have already done things that most adults could not conceive of and accomplished things few would have the courage to even try."

Washington D.C.'s The Hill reports that Rep. Jack Kingston charmed the audience at the Girl Scouts Leadership Breakfast on Capitol Hill that welcomed the new female members of Congress. The Georgia Republican said he was often forced to go with his sisters to Girl Scouts meetings as a kid, and begrudgingly learned talents like “how to cook a pancake on a potato pan.” Girl Scouts of the USA CEO Anna Maria Chávez echoed Kingston’s thoughts that Girl Scouts have a significant effect on men, from those with “mothers who were Girl Scouts and troop leaders to their wives, sisters, daughters.” Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) spoke after Kingston about her experience as a troop mom, and she helped to announce the newly issued Girl Scout Centennial Silver Dollar.

Yahoo! News reports that Girl Scouts have welcomed their newest Brownie: Honey Boo Boo (real name: Alana Thompson). "On Monday, Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia welcomed seven-year-old celebrity Alana Thompson to Troop #60373,” the GSUSA tells omg! in a statement. “Alana’s wish to become a Girl Scout came true when she officially joined the same troop in which her best friend, Destiny, is a member. Alana’s Girl Scout Leadership Experience will allow her to discover more about herself, connect in positive relationships with others and take action about the things that matter most to her. She will also be able to participate fully in the iconic Girl Scout Cookie Program, which teaches key business literacy skills and entrepreneur-ism.”

Washington's New Day Northwest reports that Girl Scouts of Western Washington held a contest looking for the most creative recipe using girl scout cookies, and have chosen this year's winner! "Savannah Smiles" have won two years in a row.  Video below.


CBS Boston reports that The Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts took to City Hall Plaza on Saturday in an effort to help soldiers overseas. With support from Boston Duck Tours, the girl scouts packed up boxes of their famous cookies to send to troops along with personal thank you notes. The girls also sold cookies for in an effort to raise money for a local troop.

North Carolina's Winston-Salem Journal reports that As a World War II bombardier, Hank Harris knows a little bit about camaraderie. In his later life, he formed bonds of friendship within a group that may strike some as unlikely: Girl Scouts.  Over the last 30 years, Harris has taught hundreds of young girls how to pitch a tent, tie a knot, bait a hook, start a fire and cook breakfast with a gallon-sized tin can.