Monday, September 29, 2014

The lifelong impact of Girl Scouts as told by Maria B.

The lifelong impact of Girl Scouts as told by Maria B. Thank you for sharing your story! 

This week I read a motivating article. The article posed the question, what would the eight year old you find shocking that the adult you wasn't doing? I thought for a few seconds when I read the article, the first thing that came to mind was scouting. I was a Girl Scout for ten years, from eight to eighteen. I earned the Gold Award. Then later in the week I serendipitously found out about a membership rally at Camp Choee; a place I have many, many fond memories of. I am lucky to be the mother of two wonderful girls. My oldest is now old enough to be a Daisy. I was so excited to be taking my daughters and husband to a Girl Scout event and more over, Camp Choee.

Returning to Camp Choee was exciting and emotional. There was, at the event, an exhibit of the Girl Scout uniform through the ages. I couldn't hold back the tears when I saw the junior uniform I wore. Not only the uniform, but in display were also the same badges I have in a special tin. My most prized possession.
The excitement and emotions made me reflect on my scouting experience. Scouting was one of the few constants during my childhood. My parents were divorced when I was a child. My family moved at least a dozen times. I changed schools about half a dozen times.
But I could always count on those Tuesday night meetings, my troop and my leader, Rosio Kemper. I made life long friends in my troop. Girl Scout troop 140. Three of us are still very good friends. We have always and will always be there for each other.
We camped, we traveled, we sold cookies, we made up skits and swaps. We dressed up, we made pyramids, we laughed until our stomachs hurt. We grew up, we got in trouble, we created, we learned life skills, camping skills and mad dancing skillz. We earned patches, badges and pins. We hiked, we picked up trash and we competed.
Some of the skills I thought I would never use again and then I became a national park ranger. My job for many years was taking 5th graders camping. I built campfires, set up tents, cooked and knot tied using the techniques I learned in Girl Scouts.
As a mother I want my daughters to be empowered, to have access to a wide range of activity options and to experience nature regularly. It is time for me to return to the Girl Scouts. I look forward to continuing my journey with this organization and empowering the next generation of Girl Scouts.

Friday, September 19, 2014

10 Reasons You "Otter" Take Part in Fall Product Program!

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1. 2. 3. 4. 5! Essential Skills
The Fall Product Program is a great introduction to running a business. When girls participates, they learn and practice the five skills:
goal setting
money management
people skills
business ethics
6. Super Cool Rewards!
Girls love getting the rewards as much as we love giving them. Great patches, gift cards, backpacks, T-shirts  and even a chance to win tickets to cool shows or a cruiser bike!
7. Start Building Troop Funds NOW!
It’s a long time until we kickoff our 2015 cookie program and there is too much cool stuff to do right now. The fall product program gives you early start-up money you need to fund the fun through the fall.
8. Online Has Gotten Better!
New for 2014! Girls can offer Photo Keepsakes to their family and friends along with the magazines through their online ordering platform.
9. Tasty Offerings
We have a slew of delish treats to choose from!
10. Why not? It's a fun way to learn financial literacy and do it with your friends! #winning
Fall Product Program run Sept. 18 - Oct. 16- Let's GO!
Not yet a Girl Scout? No problem! Join or Volunteer today!  

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Local Girl Scout Making a Difference for Humankind

A 32 billion dollar global business is sure to draw some attention. It has captured the focus of a Girl Scout of Tropical Florida named Andrea Diaz-Ariza. “Teens Against Trafficking” is the Girl Scout Gold Award project for Andrea who is a member of Troop 532 and a 10th grader at Our Lady of Lourdes Academy. Andrea is doing her part to stop the world-wide epidemic of human trafficking.
Andrea has developed a teen-friendly presentation that educates the next generation on the facts of human trafficking and how to help prevent it. “By teaching teens that they truly can make a difference and help fight human trafficking, I hope that together we can all help reduce the number of victims in our community and in the world,” states Andrea. Her hometown of Miami, Florida is one of the largest cities in the United States affected by this form of modern slavery. Andrea is in the process of producing her presentation in Spanish and Creole to reach a larger audience within the multi-cultural Miami.

Others have taken notice of Andrea’s efforts. Recently, she appeared on NBC 6 South Florida’s, 6 in the Mix with Roxanne Vargas to promote her cause. The video replay can be found here. Andrea is a national semi-finalist for the Peace First Prize. She is the inspiration for the first Florida statewide Girl Scout Advocacy Conference taking place Presidents’ Day weekend 2014, and is a valuable member of the Girls’ Advisory Board. “Teens Against Trafficking” has earned Andrea her Girl Scout Gold Award, which is the highest level of achievement in Scouting.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Girl Scout Gold & Silver Awards

The Girl Scout Gold and Silver Award Ceremony is being held Sunday, May 5, 2013 at First United Methodist Church in Coral Gables at 3 o'clock pm, and is open to the public. The Girl Scout Gold Award represents the highest achievement in Girl Scouting. This award challenges girls in high school to tackle a community problem and find a way to solve it, not only for today, but into the future. The girls must complete a seven step process:

  1. Identify an issue
  2. Investigate it thoroughly
  3. Get help and build their team
  4. Create a plan
  5. Present your plan and gather feedback
  6. Take action
  7. Educate and inspire
The Girl Scouts highest achievement award has been awarded to an elite group of girls since 1926. The name of the award may have changed over the years, but its purpose of inspiring girls to find the greatness in themselves and share their ideas and passions with their communities has never changed. Gold Award recipients do well in life, and reach the goals they set in higher education and career, life skills, and in the community. 

Gold Award Silver Award
Andrea Diaz-Ariza Adina Kruijssen
Brenee Miller Aileen Francisco
Briana del Valle Alissa Dobrinsky
Camille Gladieux Annie Farrell
Camille Plunkett A'Rawni McPhee
Carolyn Pacheco Bria Renna
Catherine Roen Brianna Placide
Elaine Ubals Caitlyn Chong
Elise Avdakov Callie Hill-Tarves
Elizabeth Evans Camila Romero
Elizabeth Eversole Carolina Mallar
Emily De Aguiar Cassie Plunkett
Emily Mendez Courtney Sever
Emily Mungul Dionne Mapp
Francesca Castan Hannah Dodge
Gabriella Montes Isa Corzo
Giuliana Sarto Jennifer Perla 
Grace DeWitt Julia Rothfield
Hannah Kealy Julia Walsh
Imani Johnson Katherine Duarte
Julia Telischi Kayla Baker
Karina Pietra Lauren Abraham
Kaylee Scott-Pennington Lauren Goldberg
Kelly Lashbrook Luch Walsh
Kendall Armstrong Lucy Farrell 
Kimberly Ann                 Gonzalez Lucy Kealy
Kirby Landon Maria Pardo
Kristine Diaz Mary Adams
Mariana Gonzalez Monica Moscoso
Marianna Keene Natalie Nieves
Marily Molina Paige Honecker
Rachel Forment Patricia Smith
Rachel Oei Rachel Collins
Renee Dobrinsky Rachel Mazyck
Rowan Holzberg Rachel Zapala
Sapphira Lurie Raquel Cholodofsky
Stephanie Diaz Rebecca Zappala
Stephanie Torre Roselyn Castilo
Yasha Duggal Samantha Cisneros
Samantha Romero
Shikivia Taylor
Stephanie Diaz
Tamia Johnson
Timaya Everett
Victoria Ramirez
Ximena Sakay