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Girl Scouts Declares 2012 the Year of the Girl

Girl Scouts Declares 2012 the Year of the Girl

Posted on 31 December 2011 by Press Release

New York, N.Y. — In a move designed to focus national attention on girls and the issues they face, Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) has declared 2012 the Year of the Girl: a celebration of girls, recognition of their leadership potential, and a commitment to creating a coalition of like-minded organizations and individuals in support of balanced leadership in the workplace and in communities across the country.

The announcement comes as GSUSA assumes new leadership under CEO Anna Maria Chávez and prepares to celebrate its centennial in 2012, using this important moment in its history to launch a major initiative to change the landscape for girls and young women. The initiative, which also includes the largest fundraising and advocacy campaign dedicated to girls’ issues in the nation’s history, will be formally announced in January and will extend well beyond the Year of the Girl in 2012.

“The Year of the Girl is only a beginning,” said GSUSA Chief Executive Officer Anna Maria Chávez. “We can’t transform American leadership in a year, but we can transform expectations in a year. We can transform awareness in a year. We can set in motion a generational change, and make certain that a baby girl born in 2012 will experience her life in a new and vastly different world. Only Girl Scouts, with its scale and time-honored place in society, can launch this initiative. If not us, who? If not now, when? When girls succeed, so does society. We know that together, we can get her there.”

This declaration serves as the foundation for Girl Scouts’ broader, multiyear, multipronged effort to break down societal barriers that hinder girls from leading and achieving success in everything from technology and science to business and industry.

During the Year of the Girl, local Girl Scout offices nationwide will mix celebrations of the organization’s 100 years as the premier leadership experience for girls with efforts to create a sense of urgency around girls’ issues.

“Girl Scouts is at the forefront of building girl leaders, GSUSA National President Connie L. Lindsey said. “We embrace the opportunity we have to develop the next generation and future generations of leaders that understand the interconnectedness of the global community. Our girls will understand that they matter. And when they dream their future, they see a world of shared leadership: where the values of courage, confidence, and character really do make the world a better place.”

About Girl Scouts
Founded in 1912, Girl Scouts of the USA is the preeminent leadership development organization for girls with 3.2 million girl and adult members worldwide. Girl Scouts is the leading authority on girls’ healthy development, and builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. The organization serves girls from every corner of the United States and its territories. Girl Scouts of the USA also serves American girls and their classmates attending American or international schools overseas in 90 countries. For more information on how to join, volunteer, reconnect, or donate to Girl Scouts, call (800) GSUSA 4 U or visit www.girlscouts.org.

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100-year Anniversary Girl Scout Float

100-year Anniversary Girl Scout Float

Posted on 31 December 2011 by ScoutingNewsStaff

On Monday while you watch the Rose Parade be on the lookout for the Girl Scout’s Float. The Girl Scouts have a float each year in the Rose Parade, but this year the float is a little more special. 2012 marks the Girl Scouts of USA’s 100th Anniversary. Local Girl Scouts helped decorate the float with flower pedals and coconut. The entire float must be covered with natural materials. 14 Girl Scouts from the Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles, Girl Scouts of the USA‘s CEO Anna Maria Chávez, and alumni will be riding on the float.

If you would like to dedicate a flower on the float for $5 please visit the Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles’ float page.

Source: Girl Scout’s Blog, Moorpark Patch

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Scout Honored by California Fire Department

Posted on 31 December 2011 by ScoutingNewsStaff

SAN RAMON, Calif. – On December 19th, Boy Scout Quentin Boasso, 14, of Danville, CA was presented with a certificate of recognition and fire district cap for his service to a fellow citizen. On September 7th, Quentin and his father were flagged down on their way to Home Depot. They stopped and found a man laying on his garage floor. His SUV had fallen off it’s jack as he was working on it from below. It fell on him and caused a punctured lung, ruptured spleen and six broken ribs. Quentin quickly treated the man for shock by covering him with a tarp and elevating his feet with a box. Quentin kept him calm while his dad talked with the 911 dispatcher. The man has recovered.

Source: Contra Costa Times

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