We’re Not Your Grandma’s Girl Scouts

I was a Girl Scout. And I am again! After about a 45-year break, I’m again involved as a member of this organization that is specifically set up to improve the lives of girls. And while some things never change – thankfully! – there is so much that is different!

I was a Brownie, Junior, and Cadette back in the 1960s. I loved putting on that uniform. It made me feel special. I made friends, sang songs, visited nursing homes, learned to do some crafts, and even went on a weekend camping expedition. But I could never have imagined the things many Girl Scouts do now!

Girl Scouts today have changed laws to protect girls from underage marriage, are teaching their peers how to do computer coding, helping animal shelters, hiking the Appalachian Trail, running their own little cookie businesses, traveling the world – becoming young women of courage, confidence and character. They also maintain traditions like saying the Girl Scout Promise and Law, singing the songs that have been popular since I was kid, camping in the woods, and welcoming new members with warmth and encouragement.

You have a chance to see what Girl Scouts are all about today! Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains is hosting its G.I.R.L. Expo on Saturday, October 19, from 10am to 4pm at the New Hampshire Sportsplex in Bedford. I highly recommend spending as much time as you can there, since not every activity is available the whole time – such as the rock-climbing wall or the 70-foot-long inflatable whale you can go inside of. Yes, I’ve been in the belly of that whale – it’s quite the experience! There’s so much to do – ride a mountain bike, shoot an arrow, test out a Lego robot, dance, play a “banana piano,” see how human organs can be 3D printed, pilot an underwater robot, do Snap Circuits, publish your own book, and more! There’s also the Top Pastry Chef competition, where three teams of girls will compete to come up with the best dessert featuring Girl Scout Cookies.

Plus you can see the new STEM-on-the-go van being unveiled at the expo! It’s an amazing project that Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains has taken on to bring STEM education to girls across New Hampshire and Vermont.

Maybe your girl will even be inspired to join Girl Scouts and become a G.I.R.L. – a Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader.

About the Author

Ginger Kozlowski is a 25-year resident of New Hampshire and is the communications and public relations manager for Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains. You can find out more about the G.I.R.L. Expo at www.girlscoutsgwm.org.

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