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  • Girl Scouts of the USA Ranked #2 on World Value Index

    This week, Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) was ranked second on the World Value Index, an anticipated annual report that measures world-class organizations based on how different audiences perceive and value a brand’s purpose and mission. After coming in seventh in 2016’s index, GSUSA is now recognized as the second top-valued brand in the world for its significance and dependability to the communities and audiences the nonprofit serves.

    During the last year, Girl Scouts has reclaimed its ownership of and legacy in the leadership space for girls, showing the world there is no better program to ignite the power of every girl. In addition to continuing its investment in technology to better deliver and influence innovative programming, Girl Scouts also welcomed a new leader, CEO Sylvia Acevedo, who brings to the organization a background in entrepreneurship; science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM); and innovation, as well as a lifelong commitment to advancing opportunities for girls. Under Sylvia’s leadership, the Girl Scout Movement has expanded its reach to populations that need it most and is enhancing its proven program offerings so more girls can develop leadership skills that aren’t cultivated in traditional school settings.

    “GSUSA is honored to be recognized in the 2017 World Value Index as the second most valued brand in the world,” said GSUSA CEO Sylvia Acevedo. “For more than a century, we have been cu...

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  • Military Personnel to Receive Over 81,000 Boxes of Girl Scout Cookies

    The Girl Scouts of Western Ohio (GSWO) collected more than 6,750 cases of donated cookies, during the 2017 Girl Scout Cookie Program, and is partnering with Heroes in Action in Toledo for the 12th year to provide Girl Scout Cookies to members of the military and their families. That's nearly 81,000 packages donated through the "Operation Cookie" program, a GSWO community service project.

    "Throughout the recent Girl Scout Cookie Program, our girls did a fantastic job asking customers to purchase additional packages of cookies to be donated to a designated organization or military group," said Ashley Thoreen, product sales team leader for GSWO. "Over 1,900 troops participated in 'Operation Cookie' this year, and over 230 girls donated 50+ packages each!"

    Heroes in Action includes the delicious treats in care packages for military personnel serving overseas and distributes them throughout the year to the National Guard, the 180th, as well as local military families and veterans. Many girls/troops include cards and letters of friendship and support in their donated cookies.

    “We are extremely fortunate to be the organization that Girl Scouts chooses to support,” said Dawn Heisler, Director of Heroes in Action. "I get a lot of emails from all over asking if we have cookies, Girl Scout cookies we can send overseas. A unit up in Alaska found us while surfing the web and asked if we had Girl Scout cookies.&q...

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  • Girl Scouts painting for Rain Barrel Art Project

    Amelia, OH — Girl Scout Troop 49687 has been selected to paint rain barrels as part of the fifth annual Rain Barrel Art Project, an initiative designed to educate the community about water conservation and pollution caused by storm water runoff. The Rain Barrel Art Project is a joint effort of and the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden. As part of this initiative, students and other community members throughout the Ohio River Valley submitted artistic designs to beautify otherwise dull rain barrels. About 50 of those designs were selected, and the submitting artists now are painting them on rain barrels that will be displayed at the Cincinnati Zoo’s Go Green Garden through April and auctioned off during the Rain Barrel Art Benefit Auction on April 20, 2017. New this year, bids also will be accepted online via eBay. “Rain barrels are a great tool for conserving water and saving money, but some people are reluctant to use them because of their usually plain, unappealing appearance,” said John Nelson, a representative of and a public relations specialist. “We believe that turning rain barrels into beautiful works of art will make them more desirable, so we’re pleased to collaborate on this event to raise awareness and encourage the use of rain barrels throughout the region.” Girl Scout Troop 49687 was selected to paint one rain barrel for this year’s event. The participating Girl Scouts are working u...

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  • G.I.R.L 2017 Registration Now Open!

    laptop06_32 Registration is now OPEN!

    In 2017, we're putting the spotlight squarely on girls for the premier event for every G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)™ who wants to make the world a better place—and we’re calling it G.I.R.L. 2017. And Columbus is the host city!

    The time is now—time to give girls and young women the tools to empower themselves for a lifetime of leadership, to connect and share ideas with one another in friendship, and to act together in true team spirit to let the world know girls can make awesome, game-changing things happen!

    In October 2017, you can join Girl Scouts, the biggest girl-serving organization in the world, as we come together to celebrate girls in a big, big way. From educational sessions to inspiring speakers and tons of one-of-a-kind FUN, this is the girl-power event of the year. You don’t want to miss it.

    And guess what? You don’t have to be a Girl Scout to participate. Everyone’s welcome—EVERYONE! Be part of the magic. Meet us at the Greater Columbus Convention Center, October 4-8, 2017! 


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  • Girl Scouts Honor 2017 Women of Distinction

    Cincinnati, OH — On Tuesday, March 14, five local community leaders were recognized as 2017 Women of Distinction by the Girl Scouts of Western Ohio.

    This year's honorees are women who have made significant contributions in one or more key focus areas for success:

    Victoria Morgan, Cincinnati Ballet Academy Healthy Living Honoree Cheryl Rose, Hawthorn PNC Family Wealth Financial Empowerment Honoree Linda Clement Holmes, Proctor & Gamble S.T.E.M. Honoree Kathy McMullen, Macy's Leadership Honoree Shakila T. Ahmad, Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati Community Responsibility Honoree The Women of Distinction award was established to honor the many exceptional women in our community who are paving the way for girls. These local women give hope and inspiration to girls through their achievements and passion for our communities. "We are honored to recognize these five remarkable women who exemplify the mission of Girl Scouts," said Roni Luckenbill, CEO of Girl Scouts of Western Ohio. "Through their determination, leadership, and commitment, they are changing our community and making our w...

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  • Local school provides Free Being Me series for Girl Scouts

    Cincinnati, OH — On March 10, more than 50 Girl Scouts and their families gathered at Independence Elementary School to celebrate the completion of a two-month long Free Being Me series. The program has been offered to Independence girls in grades 3-6 for the past four years and participation continues to grow.

    Independence Elementary School Counselor Kelly Carstens planned the celebration in conjunction with the girls and Girl Scout staff to demonstrate the effectiveness of the program and to provide the girls with an outlet to showcase what they learned.

    The girls who participated in the program earned a “Free Being Me” badge, by completing seven 45-minute sessions on self-confidence, body positivity, and inner beauty. Participants discussed concepts such as where beauty standards come from, how beauty standards (“the image-myth”) contribute to our confidence and sense of self, and how this can be harmful.

    Girls became noticeably more self-assured and were quick to point out that beauty is not skin deep, being kind, caring, and interesting is much more important to our friends and family than our physical attributes and that we need to spread this message to our schools and communities.

    In order to share this message with their peers, the girls spent time planning Take Action projects. The 3rd and 4th graders decided to write positive messages on post-it notes. Each girl wrote at least 10 messages and displa...

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  • 54 Girl Scouts earn highest honors

    On Sunday, March 5, 2017,  54 Girl Scouts from across western Ohio received their Gold Award at a special ceremony at the Ponitz Center at Sinclair Community College in Dayton. They join over a century of Girl Scout alumnae who have positively impacted their communities and the world with their creative, impactful, and sustainable Take Action projects.

    For a full list of the 2016 Gold Award recipients and to learn more about the 2017 Gold Award recipients and their projects and view the event program visit 

    "These young women are courageous leaders and visionary change makers," said Roni Luckenbill, chief executive officer of Girl Scouts of Western Ohio. "It's truly amazing what these girls are able to accomplish at such a young age. They are our future, and it looks bright!" The Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest and most prestigious award that Girl Scouts in grades 9–12 can earn. Girls use their vision for change to complete a service project that reaches beyond the Girl Scout organization and provides lasting benefit to the larger community. To achieve it, girls commit a minimum of 80 hours to a specific project over the time span of one to two years. The project must include community involvement; an innovative approach; project sustainability; and educating and inspiring others. Acc...

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  • 2017 Marian Medal Recipients

    Eighty-six eighth-grade Girl Scouts from across the Cincinnati Archdiocese received their Marian Award medals at the Marian Medal Presentation Program at St. Catharine of Siena Church on February 26, 2017. These amazing young women will also be honored at the 2017 Fanning Faith’s Eternal Flame Prayer Service and Awards Ceremony at the Cathedral of St. Peter in Chains, Cincinnati, on Sunday, April 2, 2017, at 2:00 p.m., with a reception in the undercroft immediately following.

    Congratulations to the 2017 Marian Award Medal Recipients!


    • Maria Bengel 
    • Winifred Brunsman 
    • Michelle Cavanaugh 
    • Jenna Daria 
    • Leah Domenicone 
    • Abby Kock 
    • Megan Kock 
    • Katee McBride 
    • Grace Meyer 
    • Alyssa Palicki 
    • Katie Price 
    • Isabel Raebel


    • Riley Ashe 
    • Lindsay Binder 
    • Meredith Briggs 
    • Mary Feldman 
    • Madeline Holmes 
    • Meghan Jorg 
    • Olivia Nie 
    • Courage Tarley 


      Makaela Dettmer  Anna Hammann  Emily Marie Horn  Emma Mastruserio  Elaine Ryan  Grace E. Spieser  Shania Stith ...

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  • Girl Scouts Celebrate Launch of the First Enterprise as Cookie Booths Open

    Girl Scout Cookie booths will soon be popping up at local businesses throughout Cincinnati. Starting Friday, March 3, Cookie Entrepreneurs will set up shop, ready to entice your sweet tooth with creative table displays, troop goal posters, cookie costumes, and cases of delicious Girl Scout Cookies. If there’s anything that can make cracking open a box of fresh Girl Scout Cookies even better, it's knowing the benefits girls’ cookie earnings bring to the surrounding community. During Girl Scout Cookie season, each amazing young #cookieboss is not only selling delicious cookies, she’s also building essential life skills: goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills, and business ethics—the “5 Skills” of the cookie program. And the more cookies girls sell, the more earnings they have to invest in community projects that drive positive change and personal enrichment experiences, such as travel opportunities.   "The Girl Scout Cookie Program is about more than just cookies," said Roni Luckenbill, chief executive officer of Girl Scouts of Western Ohio. "It teaches girls integral business skills and instills a lifelong sense of civic responsibility that creates leaders. At Girl Scouts of Western Ohio, so many amazing girls within our ranks are doing positive, impactful things with their cookie earnings. Erinn published a self-help book to help girls overcome self-esteem challenges, and Ellie created the fir...

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  • Girl Scout Cookies Arrive by the Millions

    It’s a big weekend for Girl Scouts of Western Ohio! Girl Scout Cookies begin arriving by the truck-load for pick up by our volunteers. More than 2.9 million boxes will be distributed to more than 2,300 troops in 32 counties throughout western Ohio.

    There are several “Cookie Drops” scheduled throughout western Ohio, where volunteers will pick up cases of cookies for their troop’s initial cookie orders, which girls will distribute to customers over the coming weeks.

    Haven't ordered your Girl Scout Cookies? Don't panic. You have until March 26 to place an order through a Girl Scout you know, in person or online via Digital Cookie. Don't know a Girl Scout Girl Scout Cookie Booth sales begin March 3 and go through March 26. To find a booth in your community, visit and enter your zip code into the Girl Scout Cookie Finder or download the Girl Scout Cookie Finder app for your iOS or Android mobile device.

  • Cincinnati Women Receive Honors for Inspiring Girls

    Cincinnati, OH—The Women of Distinction program honors exceptional women who have made significant contributions in key areas and are transforming leadership roles as women. 2017 honorees include: Victoria Morgan, Cincinnati Ballet Academy Healthy Living Honoree Cheryl Rose, Hawthorn PNC Family Wealth Financial Empowerment Honoree Linda Clement Holmes, Procter & Gamble S.T.E.M. Honoree Kathy McMullen, Macy's Leadership Honoree Shakila T. Ahmad, Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati Community Responsibility Honoree   “Women of Distinction highlights the advancements of awe-inspiring women and celebrates women in the workplace, who serve as role models and empower the girls we serve in Cincinnati. This year’s honorees join more than 125 accomplished women who inspire girls to find their voices through the Girl Scouts,” said Roni Luckenbill, CEO for Girl Scouts of Western Ohio. “We hope you consider joining us for an evening of spirited festivities to show that girls matter!” Women are nominated by a volunteer committee and represent a cross section of the Cincinnati community. All nominees will be honored at the annual Women of Distinction event held March 14, 2017, at the Queen City Club. Attendance is open to the public, and reservations can be made online at ...

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  • Girl Scouts Celebrates 100th Anniversary of the First Known Sale of Cookies by Girl Scouts

    Girl Scouts of Western Ohio announced today the movement-wide celebration of the 100th season of Girl Scouts selling cookies. A century ago, girls started participating in what would evolve into the largest entrepreneurial training program for girls in the world: the Girl Scout Cookie Program®, through which girls learn the essential skills they need to become effective leaders, manage finances, and gain self-sufficiency and confidence in handling money. To commemorate this banner year for the organization, the highly-anticipated Girl Scout S’mores™ cookies are now available, joining classics like Thin Mints and Trefoils.   The sale of cookies by Girl Scouts had humble beginnings, born as a way for troops to finance activities. The first known sale of cookies by Girl Scouts occurred in 1917, when the Mistletoe Troop in Muskogee, Oklahoma, baked cookies and sold them in its high school cafeteria as a service project. As the Girl Scout Cookie Program developed and evolved, it not only became a vehicle for teaching five essential skills—goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills, and business ethics—it also enabled collaboration and integration, as early as the 1950s, among girls and troops of diverse backgrounds, as they worked together toward common goals.   “Girl Scouts of Western Ohio has a rich history of girls selling cookies in the Cincinnati area,” said Roni Luckenbill, CEO for Girl Scouts of Western Ohio. “Generation...

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  • Now Seeking Seniors & Ambassadors for GSWO Board of Directors

    Are you interested in being a part of the Girl Scouts of Western Ohio’s Board of Directors and helping shape the future of our council? There is a special opportunity open to all Girl Scout Seniors and Ambassadors to do just that. Girls will get the opportunity to see some of the work that goes on behind the scenes at Girl Scouts, meet and work alongside board members and make an impact on Girl Scout policies, decisions and opportunities in the future.

    Who: Girl Scout Seniors and Ambassadors

    What: Girl Scouts of Western Ohio is looking for one or two girls to serve as members on the Board of Directors for a one year appointment. In this position, girls will join the board for regular meetings and participate in discussions and decisions to benefit the entire council. The selected members will represent girl members and have the opportunity to give input and participate in discussions about all issues that the board is facing. Girls who are selected will also:

      Be paired with a mentor from the Board of Directors. This mentor will meet with you at least twice, in person, to help you learn and practice your leadership and professionalism skills. Receive a full scholarship to one of the two Leadership Conferences. The girls will attend as board representatives and...

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  • Medical Mutual of Ohio provides health and wellness day for local Girl Scouts

    Toledo, OH — On October 29, the Medical Mutual of Ohio offices served as a classroom for more than 50 Girl Scouts in grades 4-5 who participated in a special health and wellness day created just for them.

    Medical Mutual staff planned the entire day and volunteered to inspire the girls to be active, eat right, and create healthy habits. The girls who participated in the program earned their “Staying Fit” badge by completing four, 40 minute sessions on health and wellness throughout the day. Each session was led by a volunteer whose goal was to educate and captivate the girls in attendance. The girls learned about yoga and dance exercise and participated in 30 minutes of aerobic activity in the Medical Mutual fitness room. They also discussed the importance of nutrition, learning to decipher food labels to tell if foods are healthy and how to balance their “Energy In” with their “Energy Out” to stay fit and healthy. While meeting with a health professional, the girls learned health tips for their age levels. Each girl created a family fit box to encourage family activity, and they received a passion planner to support them through journaling, sketching, and planning their health goals.  “The girls had fun learning how to live healthy and are excited to share what they learned with their families,” said a Girl Scout troop leader in attendance. "We are thankful to Medical Mutual for allowing us to come to their space for this...

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  • Girl Scout Creates First Ever Girl Scout Hiking Trail, Earns Gold Award

    Toledo, OH — Meet Ellie Leonard of Toledo Girl Scout Troop 10407. When she learned the Girl Scouts had no official hiking trails, she took the opportunity to create one. On Saturday, October 29, she dedicated the first ever, nationally recognized Girl Scout hiking trail to Juliette Gordon Low, the founder of Girl Scouts.

    See local news coverage.>> "I grew up loving the outdoors, a passion Girl Scouts has fueled," said Ellie, now a freshman at University of New Hampshire. "I created this trail to inspire people to get outside and connect with nature and to raise awareness about Girl Scouting."  Ellie recruited 24 volunteers to pick up garbage, clear land, and define the approximately 1-mile trail in Westwinds Metro Park with posts and signs. She also worked with Hike America to design commemorative Girl Scout patches, pins, and medallions, which are for sale at Proceeds from these items and other donations help offset the cost of her project, which was around $1,000. "Toledo was the first registered Girl Scout council in the United States, so it's fitting that it's the home of the first ever, commemorative Girl Scout hiking trail dedicated to Juliette Gordon Low," said Ellie. "I hop...

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  • Girl Scout Starts School Newspaper, Earns Silver Award

    Eaton, OH — Meet Madeline of Eaton Girl Scout Troop 39998. When she learned there were no student-led groups or clubs at her middle school, she decided to start a school newspaper. “I've always liked writing, and I thought a school newspaper was a good option,” said Madeline, a freshman at Eaton High School. “It's fulfilling to write articles that are informative and that kids enjoy reading.” Madeline worked with the principal at Eaton Middle School to bring her idea to life. In the first year, she planned every issue and wrote every article. In year two she assumed the role of editor in chief, recruiting other students to help her research and write articles. She and eight dedicated team members met weekly to discuss topic ideas and divvy up writing assignments. Together they produced an issue a month during the school year and distributed papers to every student in the school through homerooms. While Madeline is in high school now, the Eaton Middle School newspaper still lives on with a new editor and class of writers. Madeline proves that small ideas can make a big difference. She identified an issue in her community, made a plan, and took action, putting over 50 hours into her project and earning her Silver Award, the highest award a Girl Scout Cadette can earn. Way to go, Madeline! Want to make a difference in your community and be recognized for it just like Madeline? Joi...

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  • Girl Scout Keeps Local Bees Abuzz and Earns Silver Award

    Oxford, OH — Meet Ella of Oxford Girl Scout Troop 46726. When she learned about the importance of bees and the shrinking bee population, she decided to do something to help bees flourish in her community. She started a Bumble Bands project, making and planting homemade strips of seeds that grow into bee-friendly flower gardens. “I live in an agrarian and rural community, and the success of crops determines the livelihood of many local families,” said Ella, a freshman at Talawanda Middle School. “If I can provide a better environment for local bees, I can help the whole community, from farm to table.” Ella recruited volunteers to make and plant over 150 Bumble Bands. She also planted a large-scale bee garden at Hueston Woods Pioneer Cabin on land donated by the Oxford Museum Association. Her project—brought to life by a $500 Summer of Service Grant from Youth Service America (YSA) and The Walt Disney Company—was recently featured on a PSA on the Disney Channel promoting 2016 YSA grants. Ella proves that small ideas can make a big difference. She identified an issue in her community, made a plan, and took action, putting over 50 hours into her project and earning her Silver Award, the highest award a Girl Scout Cadette can earn. Way to go, Ella! Want to make a difference in your community and be recognized for it just like Ella? Join Girl Scouts today at...

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  • Metlife Prepares Local Girl Scouts for Financial Empowerment

    The world’s current economic challenges have made one thing clear: Financial literacy skills matter now more than ever.

    Miamisburg, OH—On August 3, 60 Girl Scouts in grades 6-8 from Hamilton, Middletown, Franklin, Carlisle, and West Carrolton, OH, participated in the MetLife Financial Empowerment Day event at the MetLife office. 

    Metlife staff planned the entire day and volunteered to teach girls about personal finance, financial giving, and planning and budgeting for their dream home and vacations. Girls also learned about careers from a panel of MetLife leadership.

    The girls who participated in the program earned their Financing My Dream badge. Sessions were taught by Metlife volunteers, who gave the girls the knowledge and tools to make wise financial decisions. 

    The event was funded by a grant from the MetLife Foundation and Girl Scouts of the USA.

  • New S’Mores Cookie Joins 2017 Girl Scout Cookie Lineup

    Today, National S’mores Day, Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) announced, in celebration of 100 years of Girl Scouts selling cookies, the organization will introduce two commemorative Girl Scout S’mores™ cookies. Girl Scouts of Western Ohio will add one of the new cookies to its 2017 lineup, where it will join classics like Thin Mints®, Samoas, and Trefoils®. Girl Scouts of Western Ohio will offer a s’mores-inspired crunchy graham sandwich cookie with creamy chocolate and marshmallowy filling. The last new Girl Scout Cookies®, including the gluten-free Toffee-tastic, were introduced in 2015. “We cannot wait to introduce our hungry cookie customers to this new Girl Scout S’mores™ cookie,” said Ashley Thoreen, product sales team leader for Girl Scouts of Western Ohio. “S’mores has strong ties to our organization’s history, and this cookie brings a new and delicious way for consumers to support girls and the fun adventures that grow their everyday leadership skills through Girl Scouts.” This s’mores-inspired cookie made with specialty ingredients was created with emerging consumer trends in mind. It contains no artificial flavors or colors, high fructose corn syrup, or hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oils. This newly introduced cookie is the first of its kind for Girl Scouts. Like other similar consumer products, the cookie could be priced higher than other Girl Scout Cookies, reflecting the cost of production. To celebrate the new Girl...

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  • Two Local Girl Scouts to Receive Ohio State Fair Scholarships

    Lima, OH — Rhiannon Ferkins (19) and Caitlyn DeLong (17) from Dola, OH, have been exhibiting projects at the Girl Scout booth during the Ohio State Fair since they were Daisies. After completing their freshman year of high school, they were selected as fair aides to help set up the Girl Scout booth and float for opening day and to assist exhibit judges. “Each year there are more than 500 entries from Girl Scouts all across Ohio in fine arts, sewing, culinary, STEM, creative writing, and more,” said Ferkins. “The Girl Scouts have had a booth at the Ohio State Fair since 1955.” Both Ferkins and DeLong were also selected to serve for two years on the Ohio State Junior Fair Board. DeLong is in her first year, and Ferkins is finishing out her second year. Junior Fair Board members work for the Ohio State Fair and live on the fairgrounds in dorms for the entire fair. They serve with Junior Fair Board members from Boy Scouts, Grange, 4H, Campfire, and FFA. Each year the Ohio State Fair commissioners offer a Non-Livestock Fair scholarship to a member of a youth organization who exhibits at the fair. Ferkins, who now studies Digital Graphic Design at Columbus State Community College, is this year’s recipient. She will receive $1,000 and be honored at the Sale of Champions on the last day of the fair. “Community involvement is an important factor in the fair scholarship application,” said Ferkins. “Thanks to Girl Scouts, I had a lot of Take...

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  • Girl Scouts gives Hispanic/Latino families their first camping experience

    Thanks to funding from State Farm, Toledo Community Foundation, and ProMedica, as well as program support from Adelante, Boy Scouts, ProMedica-Harbor Behavioral Healthcare, and 4-H, twenty four Toledo girls and their families enjoyed their first opportunity to camp during Vive tu Vida Camp at Girl Scout Camp Libbey from June 28-30, 2016.

    Girls build confidence and face fears on high-adventure courses, like the climbing wall, and develop discipline, mental focus, and persistence through archery. 

    Girls and their families participate in traditional Girl Scout camp activities including flag ceremonies, cook outs, camp songs, and games.