Friday, April 5, 2013

Girl Scouts Coast to Coast - April 5, 2013

Todays Coast to Coast highlights the importance of Girl Scouts at every level, in ever community. Check it out!

Women & Co. has an interview about mentorship with Anna Maria Chávez, CEO of Girl Scouts of the U.S.A. When asked what is the best piece of advice she give as a mentor,  Chávez states, "I often tell people I have the best job in the world because I get to work for more than 2 million Girl Scouts around the world. In many ways, I consider each and every one of them my mentees and I get to travel the country and meet them. I tell them to dream big and have no fear." Read the  entire interview here.

In New Mexico, The Daily Times reports that when Lauri Roberts-Nutt first walked into a pair of rooms at the Frontline Mission, there was nothing but bare, cracked walls and harsh lights. Some of the walls had holes. But when the Farmington teenager was finished, the two rooms were decorated and each had three beds, new ceiling fans and lights. Roberts-Nutt remodeled the two rooms as her project to earn her Girl Scout Gold Award. The 18-year-old Farmington High School senior said that she got the idea for her project after she read in a newspaper that the Frontline Mission needed help remodeling rooms to open a shelter for abused women and children.

The New Yorker reports that Girl Scouts is expanding its digital presence with the release of a new Girl Scout Cookie Locator mobile app, which uses G.P.S. to track down nearby Thin Mints. So far, more than eighty-eight thousand people have signed up.

Girl Scouts of Louisiana - Pines to the Gulf Blog reports that Girl Scout Annie Edwards' Gold Award Project, Supplies for Success, is devoted to providing much needed school supplies for children in need. She discovered along the way that sometimes the things we take for granted everyday are necessary for success in life. She comes from a family that was able to provide the necessary items she needed to go to school. Annie says, “I learned how truly fortunate I really am especially when I learned of the boy who was excessively absent from school because he did not have any shoes.”

Girl Scouts of Colorado Blog reports that since the fall of 2012, 39 Girl Scout teenagers of GECCCO (Girls Enjoying Camping, Canoeing and Cycling Outdoors) Troop 71106 from Northern Colorado (Fort Collins, Loveland, Windsor and Greeley) have been working on a special fundraising effort for Meadow Mountain Ranch (MMR) Girl Scout camp near Allenspark. In 2011 this troop lost a cherished member of their group, Taite Pugh of Loveland. Taite had special needs and epilepsy and died unexpectedly. While in Girl Scouts, one of Taite’s favorite activities was zip lining, and after learning MMR’s future plans with a zip line feature, the girls knew they needed to help with the fundraising efforts and name the zip line to honor the memory of Taite. The troop recently made their first fundraising milestone, presenting a check to Girl Scouts of Colorado’s CEO, Stephanie Foote, for $10,000 at a Fort Collins Service Center ceremony.

Delaware's Coastal Point reports that girls are striding fearlessly into the science classroom, thanks in part to new groups that promote science and robotics. On a typical Thursday afternoon at Selbyville Middle School (SMS), a dozen sixth-graders flock to the Girls’ After-School Robotics Club, where they assemble and program robots. This school year, the Indian River School District introduced STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) classes to SMS and Indian River High School. The district partnered with the Girl Scouts of the Chesapeake Bay Council to host programs encouraging young ladies to dive into the sciences.

“We recognized the need to reach the female population and build their interest and confidence in approaching STEM,” said Mary Bixler, IRSD project manager with Race to the Top.

Also from the Girl Scouts of the Chesapeake Bay Council, a team of Girl Scouts— “Team Loophole”— recently won the state finals for Odyssey of the Mind in their division and are headed to World Finals in Michigan in May. Odyssey of the Mind is an international educational program providing creative problem-solving opportunities for students. Team members apply creativity to solve problems ranging from building mechanical devices to presenting their own interpretation of literary classics. They then bring their solutions to competition on the local, state and World level.