Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Celebrating Women who Change the World

We are pretty busy getting ready for an exciting next couple of weeks filled with celebrating incredible women far and wide who are making our world a better place!

On June 2, we will be hosting our 23rd Annual Woman of Merit Dinner at the Italian Center of Stamford. Throughout the evening, we will celebrate the Gold Award Centennial and discuss how important Girl Scouting is for our girls across the state, Mary Galligan, director at Deloitte & Touche, and Brigadier General Tammy Smith, Commanding General of the 98th Training Division (IET), will be honored with the Woman of Merit Award.

The Woman of Merit Award is given honor of Alice Pattison Merritt, an extraordinary public leader who became the first woman elected to the Connecticut Senate. Merritt was also instrumental in bringing Girl Scouting to girls in Connecticut.

Mary and Brigadier General Smith are both leaders who demonstrate the Girl Scout values of leadership, personal achievement, and service to the community, and we are so excited to hear the stories of two incredible women who are inspiring our girls to make a sustainable and meaningful change in their communities. I hope you can join us!

Speaking of girls who are making a sustainable change, on June 5 we will honor the 86 Girl Scouts across the state who earned their Gold Award at Naugatuck Valley Community College. As you know, this year is the Gold Award Centennial, so we are thrilled that we have such an incredible number this year!

We are also excited to have Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro, our official spokesperson for the Gold Award Centennial, join us at the ceremony to speak to the girls about the importance of civil engagement! Please join us as we celebrate 100 Years of Changing the World!

Since 1916, approximately one million Girl Scouts have earned this highest honor, and we are excited to see how many more incredible young women will continue to change the world in the next 100 years!

Yours in Girl Scouting, 

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Get Outdoors at Our Summer Camps!

There is nothing more exhilarating than getting outside in the fresh air and taking in all the natural beauty around us!  So many adults and kids today are chained to their desks and computers all day and we know, deep down inside, that being active in the outdoors is good for the head, heart, and the soul. If you are like me, you probably don’t make enough time to treat yourself to outdoor adventure, even if that means just taking a hike!

According to a study by the Girl Scout Research Institute, “More than S’mores: Successes and Surprises in Girl Scouts’ Outdoor Experiences”, Girl Scouting helps get girls outdoors! Our girls are outside playing and exploring, hiking, taking field trips to outdoor places, camping, and volunteering for causes involving the environment to help make our world a better place.

The study found that our girls love being outdoors. One of the greatest pillars in Girl Scouting is our outdoor programming, including our summer camps, weekend troop camping, and programs at our outdoor properties. Our seven day camps and two resident camps give all girls in every corner of the state the opportunity to put away their electronic devices, step outside, and take a deep breath and enjoy the fresh smell of nature. At our summer camps girls can hike, swim, play games, laugh, learn how to build a fire and cook a delicious meal, practice archery, learn horseback riding and equestrian care, take part in arts and crafts, lead that silly song or cheer, and wrap up their day with s’mores and campfire 
stories with their new friends. Whew!

Summer Camp is all about sharing experiences and embracing the independence of being away from home and finding your voice. I have met so many adult women who view their time at Girl Scout camp as among the most cherished memories in their lives.

All girls K-12 are welcome to choose their adventure at any of our camps and make their own memories to last a lifetime.  We still have spots open!

Yours in Girl Scouting,