The Girl Scouts of NYPENN Pathways is proud to announce that one of our very own Girl Scouts has been selected by Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) to serve on the inaugural year of the National Girl Advisory Board.
McGinnis Miller, an Ambassador and Girl Scout Gold Award recipient from Endwell, was one of 12 girls selected from around the country to represent over two million Girl Scouts to the GSUSA executive team by providing feedback on new and existing initiatives in Girl Scouts.
McGinnis is currently serving her third year on the Girl Scouts of NYPENN Pathways Girl Advisory Board (GAB) and is serving her second year as GAB liaison to the Board of Directors and will bring that experience with her to serve at the National Girl Scout level.
From April through August of this year McGinnis also served on the National “Girl Engagement Committee,” a group of 10 girls from across the United States that helped to plan what the National Girl Advisory Board would look like. McGinnis was nominated because of her experience on the NYPENN Pathways GAB. The group of girls reviewed and tested “collaborative environments” trying to determine how girls would communicate electronically on a committee that could not meet in person, including working on the logistics, such as gathering together across multiple time zones. They then worked on trademarking a name for the future board, developed an application process for girls to apply to be on the board, set expectations of board participating, determined how members would get input from other Girl Scouts at all levels, and discussed key issues they would like to focus on.
The committee had the fun of meeting together in person at the end of the summer at the Edith Macy Conference Center to finalize their decisions and to share s’mores over a fire.
“It was great to finally meet girls I had so much in common with that lived so far away, and then to see the girls from the western part of the country light up when they saw fireflies for the first time!” McGinnis said.
The committee also met with several key department heads of GSUSA and gave feedback on several future Girl Scout initiatives, such as previewing the new outdoor badges.
McGinnis credits the Girl Scouts of NYPENN Pathways CEO, Pam Hyland, for providing older girls right here in our council the opportunity to participate in the “Girl Led” concept of Girl Scouting and to experience serving the organization that means so much to them via the GAB.
“I love being around older girls who love Girl Scouting like I do and who want to make a difference,” she said. “I am very honored to have been selected for the National Girl Advisory Board.”
If your troop would like to be a troop that McGinnis could contact for feedback on national initiatives as she participates on the National Girl Advisory Board, please leave a contact email and your troop level (Daisy through Ambassador) in the comments and she will contact you on how to participate with her.