Hundreds of Pennsylvania girl scouts from 30 different counties converged on the Farm Show Complex Saturday to participate in the Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania (GSHPA) Build My Biz program.
The program challenged scouts to build, invest in and sell their very own start-up business over a period of four hours. Nearly 350 scouts were in attendance.
“This is a really popular event,” GSHPA CEO Ellen Kyzer said. “(It) was nearly sold out (Saturday). You can feel all the energy and enthusiasm of the girls that are participating.”
Each scout troop was presented a “biz kit” containing props and a budget used to simulate a specific type of business. Scouts were then given free range to construct a business based on their own creativity and vision.
“The girls are building a business based off of the kit they are building,” said Kelsey Evans, GSHPA program manager and Build My Biz creator. “(The kits) could be things from lawn mowing to bead making to cupcake things. (The scouts) are using inquiry based learning to build their businesses, so we don’t give them a plan or basically any type of direction; they just have to build their business based off of what they see.”
The event was part of GSHPA’s signature financial literacy program, Change It Up, which holds events throughout the year to teach scouts about the process of building and maintaining a business while also giving back to the community.
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