Girls earn Silver Award

Ashlyn from Troop 2486, Troop 105 and Troop 321 just recently all completed their Silver Award. The Girl Scout Silver Award is the highest honor a Girl Scout Cadette can earn. It gives them a chance to show  that they are a leaders, that are organized, determined and dedicated to improving their community.

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Ashlyn from Troop 2486 developed a backpacks and school supplies drive at her local church and donated the items to children in need. She was able to collect over 20 backpacks! The drive will be continued annually.

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Troop 105 did two projects. They created a flag ceremony instructional binder and DVD and distributed it to youth organizations and schools.

 

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Troop 321 held a Walk- a -dog- a- thon in their community and provided information about caring for pets. All donations collected that day were donated to the SPCA.

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For more information on Girl Scouts of Central California South’s upcoming Silver and Gold Award trainings visit www.girlscoutsccs.org/awards.

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Fresno troop 2385 donates to local charities

Post by: Danielle Cash

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Fresno troop 2385 decided at one of their meetings they wanted to donate to the families at Ronald McDonald House Charities Central Valley and to the homeless at the Evangel home. So the girls setup a shopping trip! They spent 2 hours and over $440 on items for two charities. Then they organized the items they bought into two piles for the  two different charities. The Ronald McDonald House items included toiletries, food, beverages, clothing, books and games. Plus 20 boxes of cookies leftover from their cookie sale! Then the girls packed socks, hats, soaps, razors and snacks for the homeless at the Evangel home.  Troop 2385 had a great time putting together the care packages for the two charities. Below are pictures of the girls with the items they purchased.

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Our CEO shares Olympic memories

Our CEO, Cathy Ferguson, shares her Olympic memories with KSEE 24′s A.J. Fox.  She won both her gold medals in swimming in the 1964 games in Tokyo, Japan. She was asked to describe her Olympic experience in her own words. Here is the video of her interview!

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Here are a few more videos with Cathy sharing her Olympic memories:

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Click here for part 1 of the interview.

Click here for part 2 of the interview.

Click here for part 3 of the interview.

Click here for part 4 of the interview.

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Click here to read an amazing story about Cathy and her daughter who tried out for the 2008 and 2012 U.S. Olympic diving team.

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Congrats Cathy! You are truly inspirational!

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Pictures of Cathy from the 1964 Tokyo Olympics:

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Appreciating Wendy Wayne

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Wendy was one of our 2010 Women Inspiring Girls Honorees in Bakersfield.Wendy passed away on June 17, 2012. She will be sorely missed and forever be remembered as an awesome role model for our girls, who always thought of others before herself. When she thanked us for naming her as a Women Inspiring Girls honoree, her thoughts were on others who had worked behind the scenes, and she wrote: “A special ‘shout out’ to the many Girl Scout leaders who volunteer their time to be troop leaders and special mentors to the young scouts”.

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Click here for Wendy’s video biography.

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Gold Award Winners honored at Clovis Hall of Fame

Gold Award honorees, Nicole and Andrea, were recognized recently at the 2012 Clovis Hall of Fame. Nicole’s Gold Award project in 2011 provide the history of World War II internment camps in California, while Andrea’s project in 2010 was A Summer Full of Food. They were joined by Girl Scouts Hannah and Lidia, who handed out flowers to the ladies who attended this commemorative event.

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Nicole has recently graduated from Clovis West High School and is planning on attending California State University, Fresno in the Fall (2012) as a biology major going into the medical field. She received her Gold Award in 2011 for her project inspired by her Grandfather’s experiences during WWII as a member of the most decorated regiment for the United States Army. When Nicole found out her grandfather had been in a Japanese Internment Camp during World War II , she decided to pursue her Gold Award on the subject. Nicole set out on a mission to inform people about the true story and set the record straight while telling her grandfather’s story, including making presentations to Junior High School and many others. Eventually her grandfather’s story will join others in a compilation of historical experiences of the Japanese People and American Society. These stories will not be lost with past but will be maintained for generations to come.

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Andrea graduated from Clovis West in 2010 and was awarded her Girl Scout Gold Award the same year for her Summer Full of Food project. Andrea started Girl Scouts as a Daisy when she was in kindergarten and she is now in her 15th year involved with the organization. Andrea is still in college – she just finished 2 years at the Willow International Center and in the Fall is transferring to Franciscan University of Steubenville in Ohio where her major will be middle childhood math and science education. Andrea’s hope is to teach middle school math. She first discovered her love of teaching others through working with younger Girl Scouts. Andrea did her Gold Award project with Molly Fredle. The girls felt it was important to raise awareness about the decline of donations to Food Banks in the summer time and decided to have a special summer long food drive. By involving local news and radio, they planned eight food drives and collected non-perishable food items and canned foods by inspiring others to donate, and helping them realize that giving food all year long is important.

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Girl Scouts send school supplies to Senegal

Two troops from SU 15 and a troop,  from SU 12 sent supplies  to a school in Senegal that basically has nothing. The families  can barely afford yearly tuition for their children which amounts approximately to $2.00 US dollars.

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The girls from Troop 213 asked family, friends and their teachers for donations of school supplies. They also used some of their profits from cookie sales they designated to service projects. They had a goal to collect a 100 school supplies, but exceeded that goal by several 100!

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Troop 236 participated as part of our “100 things for the 100th Anniversary” project. They sent at least 100 pencils and 100 glue sticks along with scissors, notebooks, and stickers.

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 Anne, was the Senegal contact, she sent the following note and photos of the day they gave all the school supplies to the kids in her village.

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 Here is Anne’s note:

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Handing over the packages was really fun. The teachers started opening them up, and before long the kids (being unsupervised, since all the teachers were opening packages!) started crowding around. Everyone was exclaiming over everything, all very excited – it was so cute! The kids loved seeing photos of Visalia and the scouts who had sent them this stuff. After everything had been unpacked the teachers immediately started counting every single pencil and crayon. They did the math and figured that they could start by giving each and every student three crayons and one pencil, which they did, going from classroom to classroom. Kids started trading pencils and crayons for colors they liked better, and held them up for pictures.

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The teachers decided to save some of the other stuff, and give them as gifts to good students at the end of the year, as well as prizes in an upcoming games day.

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A lot of the supplies, like glue and colored pens and pencils, have never been seen in the school. I expect an increase in craft projects! I have to tell you that everyone was very thankful, and kept telling me what a good and generous people you are, and the scouts. So, from the Bira Elementary school, thank you a million times! It really was an amazing thing, and it helps inspire excitement in students who, otherwise, have access to very little in the way of supplies.

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Pictures sent from Anne:

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Girl Scout living out her dream

Ever since I was in third grade, I have been enchanted by astronomy and space travel, starting when I won my very first telescope at a local Girl Scout Astronomy Day. Ever since I have done all I can to spread my enthusiasm about space. I have ran numerous Astronomy and Aerospace badge workshops and have seen my passion pass on to some of these little girls. I even did my Gold Award project to raise awareness of light pollution, the haze that keeps Bakersfield from seeing the beautiful night sky. I love astronomy so much that I have planned to create a career out of my passion. I just attended my first year at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott, AZ. I have  fallen head over heels for this school. This school specializes in aviation and space-oriented careers and seems like the perfect fit for me.  I plan to major in Aerospace Engineering and Astrophysics, and my dream is to help aid the private industry in space travel. My plan is to help build the rocket and possibly get a ride as the mechanic on the first expedition to Mars. I’m very excited for my future doing what I love!

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~Ashely Loyd

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“I used what they taught us in Girl Scouts about public speaking”

I wanted to share an observation that Hailey, my 16 year old Senior Girl Scout, made one night as she was preparing to give a four-minute persuasive speech to her 10th grade English class. She had about a page and a half of material to present and she asked me if I thought that would be enough to talk for four minutes. I told her I didn’t think so, that she might need more material. She returned a while later with a triumphant look on her face and showed me the timer on her phone which read 3 min. 59 sec, and said, “Look, it’s almost exactly four minutes. Want to hear it?” I said sure and she launched into a confident, animated, measured speech promoting the continuation of space exploration. I told her it sounded great. She said, “Yep! I used what they taught us in Girl Scouts about public speaking!” Girl Scouts has really added a lot to Hailey’s “self.”

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~Eileen Swift

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Girl Scouting is more than just cookies

For various reasons, I believe Girl Scouts is a good experience for all girls. Some people may disagree because they think Girl Scouting is just about selling cookies. But there is more to this organization that benefits girls. Girl Scouts teaches marketing and business skills. Second, girls learn how to build confidence and courage in reaching their goals. Finally, the most important reason is girls learn how to socially and environmentally impact our world to make it a better place. Consequently, I will argue that Girl Scouts benefits girls their entire life.

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Girls learn the use of business and marketing skills by finding ways to market their cookies, nuts, and magazines, dealing with orders, handling money, setting up booths and providing customer service.  For example, my friends and I made a song that helped us catch the attention of customers and we sold more cookies. Girls have to budget the money they earn and decide what they can and cannot afford. For instance, my troop and I wanted to go to Disneyland so we had to calculate all the money it would take to go. We looked at how much we already had, factored in known expenses for the year, and then determined how much more we had to raise. These skills taught us what we need to know in order to do some of the things we enjoy.

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Most people will never get very far, and have few achievements without believing in themselves or having courage and confidence. This is what the Girl Scout program gives each girl.  For example, many women who were former Girl Scouts have gone into successful careers in politics, science, and technology, and aerospace because they were confident that they could make it.  Kay Bailey Hutchison is a terrific example. A former Girl Scout, she followed her dreams and became a senator. When people have no belief in themselves, they miss out and don’t achieve their goals. When, after saving and months of planning, my troop and I went horseback riding, a girl was terrified on the horse. If she had given up she would have missed out. In fact, after riding for a few minutes she calmed down, had tons of fun, and wants to go again. So, with courage and confidence a person can accomplish anything.

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 Third, girls will be able to impact the world using social and environmental skills. Girls help to make a difference locally and globally. For instance, my local Council helped in the fight against Malaria Globally by sending bed nets and water purifiers to South Africa.  Next, my troop and two others made a difference locally with picking up litter. We went up to Kings Canyon and in two hours removed litter from a sledding area that would have taken a single Ranger one month to remove. Additionally, my troop made bread for the Poverello house that benefits the homeless in Fresno County. Therefore, girls all around the world help to make a difference by getting involved in their communities.

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Consequently, it is my belief that Girl Scouts is the experience of a lifetime.  Naysayers that say it is just about selling cookies are not looking at the whole organization. Selling cookies is only part of the program, it is the lessons being learned that teach lifelong skills. If only the naysayers looked past the cookie sales they  too could see and believe in the good of Girl Scouting. All the lessons taught and learned by the girls of today, will allow them to become tomorrow’s leaders.

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~Treasa

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Daisy shares Girl Scouting experience

Daisy Girl Scout, Allison,  talked about her Girl Scout experiences during her kindergarten graduation from Immanuel Christian School in Ridgecrest. She was so cute, and so enthusiastic about getting her badges, etc. She said that she had helped an elderly person get up from a chair, the elderly person wasn’t able to do that on her own, and then she held her hand while they walked to the cafeteria counter. She was so cute and I wished I had known in advance and could have filmed her.  Girl Scouts in Ridgecrest are having fun!

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~Board Member: Kari G. Boisvert

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