• Girl Scouts Shed Light on Unrealistic Beauty Standards

    (via York Dispatch)

    Four York County Girl Scouts have felt the sting of exposure to altered photos in the media, having unrealistic expectations of their bodies because of what they'd seen portrayed on TV and in magazines.

    So to encourage other young girls to celebrate their bodies rather than compare them to impossible standards, the girls from Troop 20033 made it the focus of a project.

    The Scouts — Gillian DeWit, 16, and Madison Reinsel, Maria Hilbert and Sarah Philbin, all 15 — were honored recently with the Senior Visionary Award for that project, which shed light on how the media affects girls' body images.

    'The Perception': The award is available to ninth- and 10th-graders whose projects present real-life opportunities to make a positive difference in other girls' lives.

    Girl Scouts are asked to consider the world's imperfections and their effects on girls around the world, and to envision an ideal world that respects their needs, values and interests as females.

    The project requires Scouts to develop an artistic representation of their ideal world, for which Troop 20033 made a 16-minute film, "The Perception."

    They conducted research for the short film by interviewing students from Stevenson University and other Scouts about their perceptions of the relationship between body image and the media.

    The Scouts' research found that young adults are aware of how much photos in the media are altered,...

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  • Centre County Girl Scout Saves Grandmother’s Life

    (via WJACTV)

    A Centre County Girl Scout was awarded one of the highest scouting honors Tuesday. Robin Sharp, 15, of Centre County received the Medal of Honor, which is only presented to Girl Scouts who have saved or attempted to save a life.

    Sharp and her grandmother went for a bike ride on a trial in Scotia. Sharp's grandmother crashed suffering, suffering a severe concussion, broken elbow, and fractured ribs.  Sharp administered first aid, called 911 and directed emergency personnel to where they were located. 

    "I am very, very proud to be her grandmother, and I am proud that she has all this knowledge and is able to put it to use. When the chips were down and grandmom was laying there, she didn't get upset, she just followed through and took over," said Barrie Kitner, Robin's grandmother.

    Sharp's family said they are so proud and are grateful for the skills she learned in scouting.

  • Be a Girl Scout Ranger

    (via Girl Scout Blog)

    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 a...

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  • Girl Scouts get lesson in safety

    Girl Scouts of Northeastern Pennsylvania were able to add a new badge to their vests this weekend while also gaining real world knowledge of first aid.

    Approximately 80 Junior and Cadette Girl Scouts from the region gathered at Wilkes University on Sunday afternoon to speak with different medical professionals about their jobs and the importance of knowing basic first aid.

    The Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania and Wilkes University’s pharmacy fraternity, Lambda Kappa Sigma, teamed up to create an event for local girl scouts to not only earn a badge, but also to develop skills they can use in case of an emergency.

    Lambda Kappa Sigma created this event to celebrate Hygeia Day, a holiday in the fraternity which calls attention to the profession of pharmacy and to help advance the knowledge of the health science.

    Courtney Calamia, the president elect of Lambda Kappa Sigma and Amanda Gerberich, the chaplain of Lambda Kappa Sigma, were both involved in the creation of the chapter’s first collaboration with the Girl Scouts.

    Calamia said the idea came from another chapter of the fraternity, but they changed up parts of it and added their own ideas.

    “One idea was the meet a pharmacist station,” Gerberich said. “They learned about medication safety, like an EpiPen and an inhaler for emergency situations to get the girls familiar with them, just in case.”

    Six stations were in rotation in the Henry Student Center; a bandage wrapp...

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