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  • Be a Girl Scout Ranger!

    19 May 2015

    Girl Scouts is excited to announce a partnership with the National Park Service to launch the “Girl Scout Ranger Program,” a joint venture connecting girls with National Park Service sites throughout the United States, including monuments, seashores, and urban sites.

    Through the program, girls can participate in a variety of organized educational or outdoor service projects. Additionally, Girl Scouts may design their own project that aligns with their Girl Scout Journey experience, various badge activities, or a Take Action (“highest award”) project. Girls who successfully complete projects will be awarded certificates from the National Park Service and Girl Scout patches.

    “Providing girls with access to the outdoors is one of the cornerstones of the Girl Scout mission,” said Anna Maria Chávez, CEO of GSUSA. “Through terrific partnerships and programs like the Girl Scout Ranger Program, we offer girls a chance to engage in outdoor activities that encourage a healthy, active lifestyle and a respect for the environment. We are proud to be teaming up with the National Park Service to help more Girl Scouts in more places experience everything the outdoors has to offer.”

    Girls and troops who wish to participate in the Girl Scout Ranger Program can visit the National Park Service website to locate a park (“Find Your Park”) near their home. There, they can also explore the history of the park and learn about its natural and cultural resources. Troop leaders a...



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  • Girl Scout Cookie booths to start Friday

    03 Mar 2015

    Girl Scout Cookie booth sales begin Friday, March 6 for Girl Scouts of Western Ohio. To find a booth sale, customers can visit girlscoutcookies.org, or download the Girl Scout Cookie Locator App for Apple and Android devices to search for options nearest them.

    Girl Scout troops use unique sales strategies during booth sales to maximize success, including attractive table displays, displaying troop goal posters, wearing cookie costumes, providing bundles of cookie boxes tied with a ribbon to encourage multi-package purchases. The Girl Scout Cookie Program is the largest girl-run business in the world. Girls who participate learn valuable skills like money management, goal setting, decision making, business ethics, and people skills.

    “When you buy a package of Girl Scouts Cookies, you’re making an investment in the future of our community,” said Roni Luckenbill, chief executive officer of Girl Scouts of Western Ohio. “The girls are setting goals, learning marketing and public relations, stepping outside of their comfort zone, and virtually running their own business. By making that purchase, you’re empowering her to grow and become a leader today and tomorrow.” 

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  • Girl Scouts and Heroes in Action provide a taste of home to military service men and women

    27 Feb 2015

    Girl Scouts of Western Ohio is partnering with Heroes in Action for the tenth year in a row to provide Girl Scout Cookies to members of the military and their families.

    The initiative dubbed “Operation Cookie” launches on National Cookie Weekend, February 27, 2015. Beginning that day and through March 29, Girl Scouts will be maintaining Operation Cookie Booths throughout the community. Girls will take donations for packages to be distributed to military members and their families through Heroes In Action.

    The partnership between the two organizations started in 2005. Girl Scouts provided cookies to Heroes in Action to be placed in care packages for service men and women, along with 20 additional cases to be distributed throughout the year to veterans and military members and their families. Each year, that number has doubled or tripled. Last year, 44,091 boxes were donated to the cause.

    “Providing a taste of home to brave men and women is truly a gratifying part of my job,” said Jennifer Greene, product sales manager for Girl Scouts of Western Ohio, “Giving our girls, volunteers, and customers a way to help support men and women serving in the U.S. military really connects them to the world. Many girls/troops include cards and letters of friendship and support in their donated cookies. I amazed at how this program grows each and every year.”

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  • Girl Scouts offers fun spring break alternative

    26 Feb 2015

    Enroll your daughter in Spring Break Day Camp! In a safe and fun environment, girls will learn Girl Scout traditions, participate in hands-on and team-building activities, play games, and sing songs. Girls also make new friends, create lasting memories, and have fun while interacting with other their age. This year’s the girls will follow “It’s Your Planet, Love It”, a Girl Scout curriculum all about ecology. Fun and exciting actvities include games teaching preservation of natural resources, decorating wooden garden stakes, creating edible “dirt pudding”, developing portable plants, conducting water filtration experiments, making recycled paper, and much more.

    The cost to attend Girl Scout Spring Break Day Camp ranges from $15 - $20. Financial assistance is available. 

    Spring Break Day Camp is designed specifically for girls who have not yet had the opportunity to participate in Girl Scouts in this membership year. 

    Space is limited! Girls interested in attending must RSVP two weeks prior to event date. Parents or guardians are also welcome to volunteer to assist during Girl Scout Spring Break Camp. To learn more and reserve a spot, parents can visit gswo.org/springbreak, or call 888.350.509...



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  • Have no fear. Your cookies are coming!

    19 Feb 2015

    Some national media have run stories that state there is a shortage of Girl Scout Cookies this year. Within the 32 counties served by Girl Scouts of Western Ohio, people who ordered cookies from girls this year will receive their full order.

    Girl Scout Cookies will be delivered to the troops between February 27 and March 4, 2015. Check out the full list of delivery dates and times here.

    The sales of Girl Scout Cookies as part of the Girl Scout Cookie Program has been successful thus far. We greatly appreciate the tremendous support we’ve received from our community.

    Traditional booth sales begin March 6 and run through March 29. We anticipate that we will have enough Girl Scout Cookies on hand to meet customer demands during that time. There is no way for us to know that at this time; however, we cannot predict the demand customers will have during the booth sales.

    Customers can visit girlscoutcookies.org to see a list of upcoming both locations in their area, or download the Girl Scout Cookie app for Android or Apple devices. 

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  • Local Girl Scouts Earn Gold Award

    13 Feb 2015

    Twenty-five girls from western Ohio have earned the Girl Scout Gold Award and will be celebrated at an event next month. 

    The Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest award that Girl Scouts in grades 9–12 may earn. To achieve the award, girls commit at least 80 hours to a specific project over the time span of one to two years. Criterion for the girls’ project includes community involvement outside of the Girl Scout structure, providing an innovative approach, incorporating project sustainability, and taking action to educate and inspire others. Approximately six percent of Girl Scouts nationwide earn this award. 

    The girls will receive their award at the annual Gold Award recognition event at the Schuster Center in Dayton on Sunday, March 8 at 3:00 p.m. The event kicks off National Girl Scout Week.

    Click here to view this year's recipients. 

    For more information on becoming a Girl Scout, volunteering, or donating to the cause, people can visit gswo.org or call 888-350-5090. 

  • Girl Scout Camp Registration Begins Today - New research affirms overwhelming benefits of outdoor activity

    28 Jan 2015

    Girl Scout Camp Registration Begins Today
    New research affirms overwhelming benefits of outdoor activity

    January 28, 2015 – Registration begins today for Girl Scout Camps located throughout Western Ohio. Camps are open for girls in grades K-12 who can choose from one day, overnight, or longer stays at one of the Girl Scout camp properties throughout the council.

    Girls can select from a menu of exciting activities available for various age groups including archery, swimming, watercrafts, acting/drama, hiking, adventure trips, and much more. Prices for individual sessions start at $20.

    “Girl Scout Camp is open to every girl everywhere,” said Vicki Proctor, Outdoor Program and Partnerships Team Leader for Girl Scouts of Western Ohio, “You don’t have to be in a troop to go to camp, but you do have to be an official member. It’s a fun way for girls to spend their summer connecting with nature, making new friends, and creating lasting memories.”

    Financial assistance is available for camp and for the $15 Girl Scouts membership fee. A portion of the funds raised through the annual Girl Scout Cookie Program helps to provide the financial assistance, or “camperships”, in addition to maintaining camp facilities, training staff and volunteers, and supplying activity resources and tools.

    “Going to camp is often the first time girls are away from home on their own,” said Proctor, “We p...



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  • Girl Scout Cookies on Sale Today!

    09 Jan 2015

    It’s the most wonderful time of the year – Girl Scout Cookie Time!

    Beginning today and through February 22, 2015, registered girls will begin taking Girl Scout Cookie orders. Seven varieties of cookies are offered this year: Thin Mints, Samoas, Tagalongs, Trefoils, Do-Si-Dos, Savannah Smiles, and Rah Rah Raisins. New this year, Rah Rah Raisins are hearty oatmeal cookies with plump raisins and Greek yogurt-flavored chunks. The cookies are selling for $4 per box.

    The Girl Scout Cookie Program is the largest girl-run business in the world. Girls learn skills such as goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills, and business ethics. They work together with their fellow troop members and decide how they would like to use the funds they raise, including once-in-a-lifetime travel across the country, buying supplies for service projects, attending summer camp, and much more. All Girl Scout Cookie Program proceeds stay in the community.

    “The Girl Scout Cookie Program is much more than a fundraiser,” said Roni Luckenbill, chief executive officer for Girl Scouts of Western Ohio states, “By supporting the Girl Scout Cookie Program, you’re supporting the success of girls in our community and around the worldI encourage people...



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  • Girl Scouts Honor Cincinnati Women of Distinction

    03 Jan 2015

    Girl Scouts of Western Ohio is proud to announce the 2015 Woman of Distinction award recipients:

    • Delores Hargrove-Young - XLC Services, LLC
    • Margaret Hulbert - United Way of Greater Cincinnati
    • Lee Ann Liska – University of Cincinnati Medical Center
    • Deborah Platt Majoras - The Procter and Gamble Company
    • Mary Ronan - Cincinnati Public Schools

    The Girl Scouts Woman of Distinction Awards honor exceptional women who have made significant contributions in five key areas: Healthy Living; Financial Empowerment; Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math; Leadership; and Community Responsibility. Women are selected by a committee of their peers because of the difference they make in the community that impacts the future of girls. Recipients exemplify the Girl Scout mission by living with courage, confidence, and character, and making the world a better place.

     

    “By honoring women that make significant contributions in these key areas, we are creating pathways for today’s girls to become tomorrow’s leaders,” said Roni Luckenbill, chief executive officer for Girl Scouts of Western Ohio, “For girls to succeed in a leadership role, they need to know there are women paving the way who open doors, create opportunities, and cheer them on. These women offer hope and inspiration. They’re positive role models for the next generation.”

     

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  • Best Buy Awards $5,000 to Girl Scouts for Robots Workshop

    03 Dec 2014

    Best Buy has awarded Girl Scouts of Western Ohio a grant for $5,000 for a robotics workshop. The project dubbed “Robots, Robots, Robots” will provide science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) robotics programming to Girl Scouts ages 14-17.

    The Girl Scouts Robotics Workshop will introduce girls to hands-on experiences using robotics, technology, engineering, science, and math to create moveable, working machines. Girl Scouts will also have the opportunity to interact with women who are STEM professionals in the community. “Robots, Robots, Robots” will bring together best practices and lessons learned for partners and offers curriculum that builds on girls' interests and expands their career options.

    “As technology becomes more ingrained in our society, Best Buy knows it is increasingly necessary for youth to develop the 21st-century skills that will set them up for future career success,” said C. Brian Stevens, Market Administrative Assistant for the Fields Ertel Best Buy store #494. “Yet, we also know that a participation gap exists.  Too many teens have little or no access to technology and, as a result, they fall behind their peers.”

    According to Generation STEM, a study conducted by Girl Scouts of the USA, the majority of college graduates (57%) and master’s level graduates (60%) are women, and nearly half (48%) of this country’s work force is comprised of women. However, t...



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  • Local Girl Scouts to donate to The Foodbank

    24 Nov 2014

    With Thanksgiving a week away, girls started off their spirit of giving this holiday season with a donation to The Foodbank in Dayton. 514 girls from hundreds of troops throughout our Dayton region sold 1390 items (more than 100 cases) to be donated to the food bank as part of our Fall Product Sale Program.

     

    Our lesser-known Fall Product Sale Program is an opportunity for girls and troops (especially newly formed troops) to sell items and raise funds to support new and exciting activities at the start of a new school year. Yummy products vary from chocolates, to nuts, to trail mix. This year, the donation will be 116 cases of caramels.

     

    “We are excited to receive this donation from Girl Scouts,” said Michelle Riley, CEO of The Foodbank.  “It is wonderful to see the next generation getting involved with helping others and volunteering their time to make a difference.”

     

    “At Girl Scouts, we believe in giving back to the community and making the world a better place,” said product sales team leader Ashley Thoreen, “In the spring, we also donate cookies from the annual Girl Scout Cookie Program (link to cookie page) to help those in need. We hope the girls we serve see the generosity and continue to pay it forward to our Dayton neighbors.”

  • Dayton Foundation brings STEM to girls

    15 Nov 2014

    Grants like those provided by The Dayton Foundation allow us to bring new experiences to girls!

    We will use funds from a recent grant to provide STEM programming for 450 girls in grades 4 through 12 in a female-led environment. The program, which will use the TechBridge and Girl Scouts "Imagine Your STEM Future" curriculum, allows girls to experiment and explore real-life careers in engineering and other STEM-related fields through high-quality and hands-on activities run by Girl Scouts staff and volunteers.

    Check out this video of STEM in action!

  • Keepin it Real Conference a Success

    14 Nov 2014

    We hosted “Keepin’ It Real”, a youth conference for girls in grades 6-12. Topics were chosen by girls and reflect subjects of interest and critical issues facing teen girls today. Workshops included career exploration, the outdoors, STEM, healthy living, culinary, body image, physical activity, travel, and more.

    The weekend event held at Camp Libbey in Defiance County was designed specifically for older Girl Scouts (Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors) and included an overnight stay. Girls also participated in games, hikes, a camp fire, and a hand-crafted newspaper fashion show. Thanks to all of the local businesses and professionals who devoted their time to develop and facilitate the workshops! They also gave the girls a change to interact with women in careers they may be interested in pursuing later in life.

    See you next year!

  • Springfield STEM high school students pay it forward to local girls

    08 Nov 2014

    Thirty high school students from the Global Impact STEM Academy in Springfield led 50 Girl Scouts through engineering activities on Saturday as part of the Girl Scouts initiative to expose girls to the subjects of science, technology, engineering, and math. Activities were based on a “what if” scenario where girls were camping in Yellowstone National Park and an earthquake hit. Girls learned many amazing things including: how to create a water filtration system; the basics of potential and kinetic energy, how to create a car to get out, how to make a wind power crank to get their food supply; and how to create a shelter to withstand the aftershocks. How cool is that?!?

    Funding for the endeavor was partially provided by a grant awarded to Girl Scouts of Western Ohio by Honda of America.

    Girl Scouts offers a variety of programs throughout the year to local girls that explore STEM fields and include exciting activities just like this one. Girls can join at any time of the year and participate in fun adventures like this all the time! Sign up here

  • The future of girls in politics

    05 Nov 2014

    This week our community was buzzing as Americans exercised their right to vote. There were winners and losers on each side of the aisle, but where do girls fall in that equation?

     

    A recent Girl Scouts Research Institute poll showed two-thirds of those surveyed (1000+ 11-17 year olds) were interested in politics – Girl Scouts and non-scouts alike. 83 percent of those girls have participated in civic activities such as a cause or campaign, or engaged with an organization they believe in. The same percentage say they are smart enough to have a career in politics.

     

    Here’s the catch – only a third are interested in pursuing a career in politics. Why the disconnect? The research is captivating. Something changes and girls stop having dreams of being the next president, congress woman, or mayor. They stop short of envisioning political careers for themselves, seeing politics as a man’s world, partially attributable to a media lens that favors men. Girls think the media depicts female politicians as more motivated by their emotions and at the same time, less capable, brave, resilient, and visionary. What message are we sending girls through social and mass media?

     

    Even though they don’t want to enter politics, it’s not because of lack of faith in their abilities. 84 percent of those surveyed say they are smart enough to have a career in politics. So they think they have the ability, and they feel like they’re strong leade...



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  • Local Girl Scout named National Young Woman of Distinction

    22 Oct 2014

    We’re proud to announce local Girl Scout Camille Borders received the 2014 National Young Woman of Distinction award! The award was presented to our national convention in Salt Lake City, Utah earlier this month.

     

    The Young Woman of Distinction award is the highest honor in Girl Scouting. Ten girls were selected from more than 200 applicants across the nation. Qualified applicants achieved a Girl Scouts Gold Award that included the completion of a “Take Action” final project. Girls completed 80 hours of volunteer work, demonstrated extraordinary leadership, had a measurable and sustainable impact, and addressed a local challenge in relation to a national and/or global issue. Each recipient also received a $5,000 college scholarship, generously provided by the Kappa Delta Foundation.

     

    Camille has been a member of Girl Scouts since 2003. For her project, she organized "Girls Run the World: Political Activism in Young Women", a one day event featuring a network of exceptional political women and stressing the importance of gender-balanced leadership in politics. She is collaborating with League of Women Voter's Cincinnati Area to recreate the event annually and make a lasting impact upon the community.

     

    “Girl Scouts has encouraged me to fight the injustices I see in the world,” said Camille. “This award has added fuel to the fire of activism inside me. I will cont...



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  • Girl Scouts of Western Ohio partners with Bank of America to teach Financial Literacy

    18 Oct 2014

    We teamed up with Bank of America this month to help fiscally savvy Girl Scouts Juniors earn a financial literacy badge. Now in its second year, the financial literacy workshops held at Camp Butterworth taught Girl Scout Juniors how to build and sustain a business, in advance of the next Girl Scout Cookie season.

     

    During the two days of workshops, more than 125 4th and 5th grade girls earned their Girl Scouts Junior Business Owner badge.

     

    To earn the badge, the girls participated in a series of six presentations on the following topics:

    •               exploring a business she might want to start one day

    •               learning the basics of running a business

    •               finding out what kind of support is available for small-business owners

    •               understanding the importance of consumer research

    •               investigating what makes great customer service

    •               and giving, saving, and spending

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  • Girl Scouts Honors Dayton Region Women of Distinction

    10 Oct 2014

    We’re proud to announce the 2014 Women of Distinction award recipients for the Dayton Region:

     

    ·         Leesa Baker – YWCA Piqua

    ·         Cassie Barlow – Wright State University

    ·         Laurie Joyner – Wittenberg University

    ·         Heena Rathore – TrueChoicePack

    ·         Nancy Robie – Kettering Health Network

    ·         Nodie Monroe Washington, PhD – P&G (Retired)



    The Girl Scouts Women of Distinction Awards honor exceptional women who have made significant contributions in five key areas: Healthy Living; Financial Empowerment; Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math; Leadership; and Community Responsibility. Women are selected by a committee of their peers because of the difference they make in the community that impacts the future of girls. Recipients exemplify the Girl Scout mission by living with courage, confidence, and character, and making the world a better place.

     

    By honoring women that make significant contributions in these key areas, we are creating pathways for today’s girls to become tomorrow’s leaders. For girls to succeed in a leadership role, they need to k...



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  • Girl Scouts Honors Toledo Region Women of Distinction

    30 Sep 2014

    We’re proud to announce the 2014 Women of Distinction award recipients for the Toledo Region:

    ·         Dr. Anne Ruch - SewHope, Inc.

    ·         Martha Vetter – R/P Marketing Public Relations and Chicks for Charity

    ·         Dr. Cecelia M. Adams – Toledo Board of Education

    ·         Dr. Mary Ellen Mazey – Bowling Green State University

    ·         Billie Johnson – Area Office on Aging of Northwest Ohio, Inc.

    The Girl Scouts Women of Distinction Awards honor exceptional women who have made significant contributions in five key areas: Healthy Living; Financial Empowerment; Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math; Leadership; and Community Responsibility. Women are selected by a committee of their peers because of the difference they make in the community that impacts the future of girls. Recipients exemplify the Girl Scout mission by living with courage, confidence, and character, and making the world a better place.

    By honoring women that make significant contributions in these key areas, we are creating pathways for today’s girls to become tomorrow’s leaders. For girls to succeed in a leadership role, they need to know there are women paving the way who open do...



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  • Girl Scouts Encourages New Members and Volunteers to Join

    25 Aug 2014

    We are encouraging girls and adults to start the school year off on a positive note by joining and volunteering for Girl Scouts! As the country’s preeminent leadership development organization for girls, research shows that girls who participate in Girl Scouts are more successful in school and get better grades.

     

    Families are already thinking about how they are going to allocate their free time during the new school year. Girl Scouts gives girls and adult volunteers a positive, life changing option. And that’s not just talk. We have statistics that show our girls excel for years to come following their Girl Scout Leadership Experience.

    Results of a recent survey conducted with over 3,500 volunteers and parents of Girl Scouts show positive effects on members of all ages:

    •               97% of parents agreed their daughter’s experience was a positive activity

    •               96% reported their daughter learned or tried something new

    •               95% participated in fun and exciting new experiences

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