By Lisa Kaminski; Manager, Community Development
Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.
That is what Girl Scouts is all about. Every day volunteers work with girls to teach them about a myriad of things. Learning about careers in their community by visiting the fire station, cooking, kayaking, camping, business sales skill. All of the life skills that girls are learning are increasing their confidence, and teaching them to courageously face challenges and opportunities. Being a part of a group, with positive adult role models, and positive peer interaction while they are learning, and having fun, provides them with character.
Making the world a better place. I think that’s the most important part. Using all of that courage, confidence, and character to better our world, whether it is within a girl’s family, her neighborhood, her larger community, or more globally. Taking action to make a difference.
Troops all around the Girl Scouts of NYPENN Pathways jurisdiction are working on take action projects. All the time. There are so many good things happening in our communities because of girls, and the volunteers who work with them.
Here are three:
Junior Troop 30181, thought that some families might not be able to provide candy and goodies for their children at Easter time. They created over 110 goodie bags and distributed them at a soup kitchen at a local church so that more children in their community could enjoy a visit from the Easter Bunny.
Oswego service unit has been doing emergency room bags for kids as a service project. They put together bags with a small toy, coloring sheets, story book and crayons so that kids who are either patients or waiting for a family member have something to do while they wait.
An Auburn, NY Daisy troop decided while working on the Daisy flower garden journey that parts of their community needed beautification. They planted flowers at schools to brighten their community.
For more ideas on ways girls can take action in their communities, visit the council website at http://www.gsnypenn.org