Journeys in Action: 'Villanova Juniors' Make Some Big Changes
When Troop 7329
(Mill Creek Service Unit #515
, Delaware County) set off to complete Agent of Change
--the program module for Girl Scout Juniors that's part of the It's Your World--Change It! Journeys
series--they didn't have to look far to make a difference. The troop of seven girls meets on the site of a former Clothier Family estate
and decided to make the historic building more energy efficient. The head of the Foundation for Islamic Education
has since asked to meet with the these new energy experts to get some ideas and advice. The girls will also be showcased in a video series in production by Girl Scouts of the USA
as part of its national promotion of Journeys
. The segment will include an interview with their teacher about how the girls' projects have had a ripple effect on their classmates.
The girls' experience included an overnight stay in a green building at the Girls Scouts of the Chesapeake Bay Council
for a hands-on look at alternative energy and a bike ride along the Schuylkill Trail to explore alternative modes of transportation. The trail runs parallel to public roadways, a SEPTA rail line, and the canoe- and kayak-friendly Schuylkill River--and the girls generated some kinetic energy of their own by pedaling their bikes! Throughout the Journey
, Troop Leader Katera Moore
incorporated healthy eating, with a particular focus on vegetables since they produce energy from the sun. She and the girls also participated in several Council-events related to leadership and STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math).
"I tried to make the experience place-based so it was tangible," she says. "Our energy audit was an eye opener, and our paper-making was a dud but enjoyable. I had plans to visit Rittenhouse Town, Pioneer Tunnel and The Patterson Falls but time didn't permit."
Katera was able to supplement the Journeys
leader guide with her own background knowledge about energy conservation, and has volunteered to become a Journeys
facilitator to help make others more comfortable leading what she calls "a very worthwhile journey." She adds that after reviewing Get Moving
, she opted to complete the Agent of Change
module first to encourage the girls' leadership development. Her decision paid off.
"The Journey helped girls who were a bit shy and reserved build their confidence and get more comfortable speaking up," says Katera. "One girl, who was particularly timid at the start, launched a petition at her school requesting more choice in their uniforms after a friend tripped and broke her arm."
|Adult Camping Weekend
20th Annual Adult Camping Weekend--August 20-22
Camp Tweedale (Oxford, PA)
Adults of all ages--and not just Girl Scout alumnae!--are invited for a weekend of laughter, relaxation and Girl Scout memories, including special stories from Girl Scout alumna and archeologist Stephanie Bartlett
. Cost is $50/person
for the weekend, and $40/person
for Saturday only. Proceeds benefit GSEP Older Girl Scholarship Fund. Download the registration form
|Opportunities for Older Girls
Bilingual Girls! Speak Out through Motivos Magazine! Deadline: July 9
needs writers! The quarterly magazine is printed in English and Spanish and designed to inspire and empower Latino youth to explore their full potential and make informed choices about life, college, and career options. Older girls are invited to contribute. The Fall 2010 issue will focus on Social Justice; submission deadline is July 9
. Click here
for guidelines. Email
or call 267.283.1733
Become a Girl Scout Docent!
Girls ages 14 and older are invited to build their leadership and presentation skills by sharing their love of Girl Scouting with younger girls. GSEP's active History Committee records and presents all aspects of Council heritage, which includes operation of its two museums and programming for Girl Scout Brownies. GSEP Docents lead museum tours, assist with programs, and learn about Girl Scout history. Leadership credit is available for participation.
Candidates must 1) attend one training session (Saturday, Sept. 25
or Saturday, Oct. 9
at Shelly Ridge Service Center); and 2) participate in at least one program through June 2011 (generally held Saturday mornings and held near the Shelly Ridge, Valley Forge, and Lehigh Valley Service Centers). Register for training on E-Council
. Contact Olivia Selinger
to be introduced to a member of the History Committee to begin training.
Girl Scout Cookie Program Extended through August 31!
Get a jump-start on funds for the 2010-11 Program Year! Girls may sell cookies individually or at events sponsored by their troop or Service Unit, and the Council. Participants earn 70 cents in proceeds for every box sold, with additional incentives for sales of 500, 850 and 1,250 boxes or more. Proceeds will only be applied to sales of new cookies taken from current GSEP inventory; Peanut Butter Sandwich and Peanut Butter Pattie varieties are not available. Contact Amanda Harrity at 215.564.2030, ext. 1023.
2010 Nuts About Reading Program: Design a Plan, Build Your Future!
Girls learn teamwork, goal-setting, planning, creative outreach selling nuts, candy and magazine subscriptions to raise money for the 2010-11 Program Year. Nuts About Reading runs from September 13 through October 25; volunteer training begins in August. Registration soon on E-Council.
Advocate for Empowerment
Sign the National Urban League's 'I Am Empowered' Pledge
GSUSA has joined the National Urban League's year-long "I Am Empowered"
campaign, which was launched March 1 to rally millions of Americans around education, employment, housing and healthcare. The campaign is part of the Urban League's celebration of 100 years of advocacy for economic empowerment for those living in historically underserved urban communities, and its four goals are to eliminate disparities in education, jobs, housing, and heath care by 2025. All are encouraged to review and sign the pledge
The National Urban League
(NUL) is the country's oldest and largest community-based movement devoted to empowering African Americans to enter the economic and social mainstream. With its long history of diversity and inclusion, GSUSA is a partner with the NUL, and helped form the first African American Girl Scout troop in 1917; by the 1950s, GSUSA had launched a national effort to desegregate all Girl Scout troops. In 1956, Martin Luther King, Jr. called Girl Scouts "a force for desegregation."
|Program Partner Activities
GSEP Night With the R-Phils
Thursday, August 5 - 7:05pm (Food Court opens at 5pm)
FirstEnergy Stadium, Reading
Girl Scouts and their families enjoy a pre-game Happy Hour in Phunland and parade on the infield when the Reading Phillies face the Trenton Thunder. Each attending troop can try their hand at a first-pitch, and fireworks cap off the evening. All tickets provide reserved seating. Reading Phillies donate $2 of every ticket purchased to GSEP. COST: $20/person for tickets and pre-game buffet; $9/person for game-only guests. View the flyer for full details.
Property Committee Town Hall Meeting Date
The GSEP Property
Committee will host a series of Town Hall Meetings to report on the status of the Council's Property Assessment. All are invited to attend, and a report of the findings
is available on the website.
Cedar Crest College
Tompkins College Center
100 College Drive
Thursday, July 15
Chester County Government
601 Westtown Road
Wednesday, August 25
(NOTE: Date correction)
Valley Forge Service Center
100 Juliette Low WaySaturday, September 11
Camp Laughing Waters Program Changes
Art for CHANGE
Cook it up! Hook it Up!
(July 4-9 ONLY; later sessions available)
Hit the Road
|WHAT'S IN STORE
Summer Hours!Shelly Ridge, Lehigh Valley and Valley Forge Retail Shops are open during the summer
Tuesday through Thursday
(Delaware County and Jane Seltzer Shops re-open in the fall.)
Closed for inventory
(re-opens Tues., July 20)
Shop Locally!Girl Scouts merchandise is available through GSUSA and third-party retailers, but purchases made at GSEP shops and the website directly support the Council, its programs, and girl-member activities.
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Edited by: Betsy Taube
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