Girl Scout Green was the Color of the Day at the K 

Another Awesome GS Day at the K is a Wrap

The 2018 Girl Scout Day at the K is a wrap! Over 10,000 Girl Scouts, friends and family packed Kauffman Stadium to cheer on our Kansas City Royals as they took on the Boston Red Sox on Sunday, July 8! You didn’t have to look hard to spot Girl Scout green, vests and sashes as well as homemade signs and apparel at the K!

The Kansas City Royals made sure that everyone else in the stadium knew that it was Girl Scout Day as well!

Girl Scouts who sold 300+ boxes of Girl Scout Cookies earned 2 free tickets and the opportunity to walk around the field prior to the game! These girls were led by high achieving cookie sellers Rebecca McCreight from Spring Hill, KS, Alma Solano from Independence, MO, Joslin Ungles from Skidmore, MO and Patricia Smith from Leavenworth, KS.

Our top cookie seller (3,551 packages and the top seller for the second year in a row), Girl Scout Brownie Paige Thomas from Lee’s Summit, MO delivered the game ball to the pitcher’s mound.

(Photo by Jason Hanna/Kansas City Royals)

Our second-place seller (2,701 packages), Girl Scout Brownie Emauri Snider from Eudura, KS served as our Captain’s Club representative and accepting a game ball for our incredible ticket sales.

Photo by Jason Hanna/Kansas City Royals)

The first pitch and first catch were completed by 2018 Gold Award Girl Scouts AND top cookie sellers, Tehya Frederick from Kansas City, MO and Kresynda Robinson from Olathe, KS!

(Photo by Jason Hanna/Kansas City Royals)

The colors were presented by the Sgt. Audie Murphy Club from Fort Leavenworth, KS with three of the four members being Girl Scout Alums!

In the Buck O’Neil Legacy Seat was Gold Award Girl Scout and National Yong Woman of Distinction nominee, Taylor Edwards from Lansing, KS. For her Gold Award project Taylor created the Young Voters Committee at Lansing High School. Taylor worked with her State Representative and History Teacher to create workshops educating her peers on political issues that are affecting their community. It’s now a recognized school club that meets monthly reviewing issues on upcoming ballots with elected officials attending as guest speakers.

Girl Scout Dad and troop leader Tech. Sgt. Robert Jennings from Whiteman Airforce Base was recognized in the Salute to Heroes seat!

Prior to the game,  Caitlin Stratmann from Topeka, KS, Zia Montigny from Raymore, MO, Lily Wollum Lenexa, KS and Amara Wray from Lee’s Summit, MO, delivered a sweet snack break to Rex Hudler and Ryan Lefebvre in the Fox Sports Broadcast booth and received an autographed baseball in return!

Haley Guyer from Olathe, KS, Alana Mallen from Lone Jack, MO and Layla Bradley from Junction City, KS officially declared the start of the game by announcing “Play Ball!”

Thank you to everyone who came out and participated in 2018 Girl Scout Day at the K! We want to hear about the memories you made with your girl, family or troop, so be sure to leave those in the comments below!

Want more photos? See all our 2018 Girl Scout Day at the K photos here! Feel free to view, download, share and/or print!

Day Trips and Community Partners: The Perfect Combo – Part 3

Fun Summer Excursions for Troops & Families

Today on the blog we’re helping your family plan excursions around our West Region area!  We hope to bring a perfect balance between fun-in-the-sun and sightseeing.  Here are our top must-dos to check off for the perfect summer!

  1. Perry State Park

Venturing first into one of our favorite West Region state parks, we believe our Girl Scouts will be able to create several different memories here: from boating, to hiking, camping in cabins, to fishing!  Perry State Park incorporates the perfect amount of summer learning to keep our girls sharp over the summer through a variety of enrichment opportunities; your girls can learn more about the wildlife that surrounds Perry!

  1. Flint Hills Discovery Center

One of our featured community partners, Flint Hills Discovery Center, aims to educate, celebrate and explore care for Flint Hills.  Daisy and Brownies can schedule trips here for $9 a girl.  In addition, the special exhibit for the summer is Be the Dinosaur- an exciting experience for any girl!  Be sure to plan your own trip there throughout the school year as well to work on various Daisy and Brownie Journeys!

  1. OZ Museum

Have your G.I.R.L (Go-Getter, Innovator, Risk Taker, Leader) explore her imagination for a day!  This museum features over 2,000 artifacts from OZ  from the classic The Wizard of OZ!  Children can tour the Oz Museum for 7 dollars!

  1. Kansas Museum of History

It’s important for all girls to know the history of where they live and where they’re from!  The Kansas Museum of History aims to accomplish just this- telling the history of the people of Kansas, girls can learn everything from historical events, geography and also enjoy interactive exhibits.  Join them “After hours” for special exhibits half price.

We hope you enjoyed our summer travels series for this summer, hopefully this inspires you to sightsee and explore near and far!  Don’t forget to use #gstravels as you and your G.I.R.L. enjoy your summer!  This just gives a small start to all the cool opportunities in the West. Do you have a favorite place? Share in the comments below.

Day Trips and Community Partners: The Perfect Combo – Part 2

Enjoy Some Fantastic Places in Our North Region & Beyond

Today we’re highlighting summer trips in our North Region and beyond! Join us as we take you on a virtual tour through the Region’s best State Parks, museums, and day trips! These trips are sure to excite all of the travel bug G.I.R.L.s (Go-Getters, Innovators, Risk Takers, and Leaders) out there!

Wallace State Park

First up, we’re taking your family on a nature trip in Cameron, Missouri. Wallace State Park is a large private campground with shaded hiking trails and a few large ponds. Other activities include fishing, boating, and bird watching. Girl Scouts from ages 5-12 can enjoy Kid’s Fishing Day on June 16th.

Robidoux Resident Theatre

Next, we’re taking you on an afternoon out with one of our CommunityPartners, Robidoux! Located in St. Joseph, Missouri, this theatre has a lot of productions coming this summer from: Mamma Mia!, The Wizard of Oz and Newsies. Teens can also enjoy their summer theatre camp program!

Shatto Milk Company Tour

Then, there’s Shatto Farms is located in Osborn, Missouri. This Midwest classic, local, farm-fresh milk has an amazing tour opportunity to bring the whole family to. Tuesday through Saturday at 10:30 families, groups or individuals can reserve a tour of their farm for only six dollars per person.  When you’re there, remember to try more than just the milk; Shatto also offers yummy treats for summer like ice cream!

Walt Disney Hometown Museum

For our last stop, we’re landing in Marceline, Missouri- the original Main Street USA! Walt Disney called Marceline home while he attended grade school there. Take a stroll through Main Street and find the charming Walt Disney Hometown Museum where you’ll find the most knowledgeable tour guides who remembered Walt as a child. After the tour, you can take a trip to Mr. Disney’s family barn to enjoy a little piece of special Missouri history.

We hope you enjoyed our tour around some highlights of our North Region! Share your experiences this summer with us in the comments below. Visited a place you want us to feature? Comment below! Stay tuned for our special feature on the West Region and Beyond next week!

The Power of Being a Girl Scout Lasts a Lifetime

Meet GSKSMO Alum Katherine Anderson

Leadership, teamwork and confidence to try, all things a Girl Scout learns along her leadership journey. Meet Katherine Anderson, a Girl Scout alum and proud member of a cool group of women who work in a STEM field. Katherine is a Subcontractor Manager for Black & Veatch and has developed a real passion for inspiring girls to get hands-on with STEM. Thanks to her Girl Scouting experience, Katherine developed the confidence in herself to try new things and thrive as team manager to accomplish tasks from personal home improvement to $100 million power plant projects.

Being a Girl Scout was a family affair for Katherine. Her grandmother was troop leader for her mother and aunt, and Katherine’s mom because her troop leader. Growing up in Lawrence, KS, there was no shortage of volunteer opportunities for Katherine’s troop, Troop 691. They made improvements to local parks, volunteered for a variety of organizations and had their own adventures. “I did everything to camping, to learning to roast a turkey in the snow, to how to reroute pipes under our kitchen sink. Most of us knew how to reroute plumbing before we could spell ‘hot’ and ‘cold!’” Katherine said.

 

Katherine and her troop in Lawrence as a Brownie Girl Scout.

Most importantly, Katherine learned teamwork from Girl Scouts. “My troop leader – who happened to be my mom – taught us that the success of a manager is measured by the success of their team. That has become a driving force behind how I now manage my team at Black & Veatch,” Katherine said. She feels that her early troop experiences, working in a team to complete tasks, gave her the opportunity to use her voice in a group of strong, independent personalities. “Girl Scouts was a safe space where you learn to speak up and you have this team of people working with you to tackle projects. We learned that we have a voice,” Katherine said.

Today, Katherine leads subcontract teams that have to work together to create massive power plants, working with any type of energy you can imagine! She credits many of her day to day skills to Girl Scouts because of those early experiences working in a troop to complete a project. They worked on a wide variety of tasks, which has given her the confidence to try new things, even if they fail.

As an alum, she continues to represent Girl Scouts through speaking opportunities with Black & Veatch at their “Thinking Outside the Box” event with GSKSMO. Proudly displaying her troop flag, she presents the power of the lessons she learned in Girl Scouting to today’s generation of amazing G.I.R.L.s (Go-getters, Innovators, Risk-takers, Leaders)TM. “There’s a lot I learned that I didn’t even realize at the time. As a kid, I was just hanging out and doing projects, I didn’t realize I was learning to be a manager and other life skills I still use every day,” Katherine said.

Girl Scouts at “Christmas in October” 2017.

Katherine even integrated Girl Scouts into Black & Veatch’s “Christmas in October” service event where they make needed additions or renovations to homes from those in need. Reaching out to local Girl Scout troops, she let the girls act as project managers for the day and try all types of jobs they could do in a career in construction. It was an amazing experience for the girls and let the engineers and contractors work faster!

Thank you, Katherine, for your continued dedication to Girl Scouting and for inspiring the next generation of STEM leaders! If you have an alum story you’d like to share, post in the comments below!

We LOVE Kappa Deltas!

5th Annual Kappa Delta Girl Scout Cookie Challenge Yields Record-Breaking Results

The hustle of boxes, the speed of sale, and the awesome energy of Kappa Delta women paired with Girl Scouts – it’s the annual Kappa Delta Girl Scout Cookie Challenge!

For the past five years Girl Scout troops have partnered with the Kappa Delta chapter at Kansas State University and the Kappa Delta chapter at University of Kansas for a friendly competition to see which school can sell the most Girl Scout cookies in a few hours!

It’s more than just a (coveted) Golden Thin Mint trophy, it’s a whole different kind of bragging rights between these schools. One that puts sister against sister!

What started out as a little game in 2014 has grown into the #KDGSCookieChallenge, with the Golden Thin Mint residing in both chapter houses twice. The fifth year, however, would mean that one school would be able to declare more wins over the other… and this year was another for the record books – with both schools selling more than they ever have in the history of the competition!

“I think what our chapter loves about this challenge is being able to see the impact we make directly with the Girl Scouts. It’s unique to be able to impact people at a local level and not just donate to an organization. We love being with the Girl Scouts and being able to spend time with them to hopefully build their confidence! It’s also really cool to see so many Kappa Deltas supporting them and seeing friendships made at the event,” K-State Kappa Delta VP-Community Service said!

This year, the KU Kappa Delta Chapter and Senior & Ambassador Troop 7579 sold 150 cases while the the K-State Kappa Delta Chapter and Cadette Troop 467 sold 158! Not only is this the most cookies ever sold, it’s also the narrowest margin in #KDGSChallenge history!

If you’re keeping total, that’s 3,696 boxes of Girl Scout Cookies sold at both schools in just three hours!!

School 2015 2016 2017 2018
KU 1,187 1,462 1,364 1,800
K-State 624 768 1,579 1,896

“For the house it’s a great opportunity to hang out with Girl Scouts more. We can develop more of a friendship with these girls and give them a glimpse into sorority life since they’re older girls we’re working with,” KU Kappa Delta VP-Community Service Cassidy Hild said. “I feel like with increased numbers by both schools it just shows the passion and effort we give this challenge each year!”

Both troops have big plans for the proceeds they earned while working with the Kappa Deltas. Troop 467 believes that their dream of a trip to a National Park will be made a reality this year and Troop 7579 is planning an international trip before they graduate next year!

Every year we’re blown away with the hospitality, enthusiasm, energy and effort that the women of Kappa Delta put into making the #KDGSCookieChallenge a huge success with the troops who are selected to sell at their houses. This is one sweet partnership and we are forever grateful!

STEMing Ahead with Community Partners

Full STEM Ahead!! When it comes to STEM experiences, no organization offers girls the wide range of opportunities that Girl Scouts does. Just ask Girl Scout Troop 5571 from KCMO! This Brownie troop has taken full advantage of the many programs available through the Girl Scout Community Partner Program! In fact, the troop was so active and showcased so many cool things that at recruitment night, they grew from a troop of 6…to a troop of 22! WOW!

“The Community Partner [program] is great. Because we did so many last year, my troop grew from 6 to 22,” Renita Hudson, leader for Troop 5571 said.

Troop 5571 delivering cookies to Fire Station 37 in South KCMO, as a service project.

Showing photos from all their service projects and Community Partner programs really made a difference for parents who weren’t sure what exactly a Girl Scout troop experience was like. Renita was able to show that Girl Scouting is girl-led and that being in a troop gives girls access to experiences they would never be able to have outside the program. Where else can girls get on field experiences with the KC Chiefs, like Troop 5571 did just last month?! Only in Girl Scouts!

This was Renita’s first year leading the troop on her own and the Community Partner opportunities help her create a full troop experience without having to plan every detail. Last year, they participated in  events at Google Fiber, Avila University and the Belger Art Center, just to name a few. It certainly was a busy year of learning for these Brownies.

Renita Hudson and her daughter, Veronica at Inspire a Girl 2017 and participating in STEM activities.

In addition to Community Partner STEM programming, Renita received STEM training from GSKSMO trainer, Kate Hood. “Trainings with Kate were great. She said she was there for us beyond class. Since this is the first time leading on my own, it’s good to know I have someone who can help,” Renita said. The troop even received books to help the girls along their STEM journey. Once the training was over, Renita took the books to her girls and watched their faces light up.

“Just getting the Journey books and seeing all the choices they had made my girls so excited,” Renita said. “[Girl Scouts] is about building our girls up […] and STEM experiences led by women give them confidence.”

As a troop leader, Renita gets to see firsthand the interest in STEM spark in her young girls. For some, incorporating STEM programming can be intimidating, but as Renita has shown, by taking advantage of the programs already available through Girl Scouting, there’s no better place for a girl to grow as a leader in STEM and in life.

Thank you, Renita, for leading girls through STEM adventures. When parents see unrivaled opportunities and want their daughters to be G.I.R.L.s (Go-getters, Innovators, Risk-takers, Leaders)TM, the future looks BRIGHT for Girl Scouts! If you’d like to know more about the Community Partner Program or have an organization that would like to create opportunities for girls, check out our Community Partners page here!

Rock Chalk, STEM Hawks!

It’s fall and that means it’s a perfect time to get outdoors and get your hands dirty! For Girl Scouts, this included an exciting STEM day at Camp Tongawood, hosted by KU’s Biology department (the Ecology & Entomology graduate program students), who wanted to do their part in inspiring the next generation. As Andrew Mongue, a grad student lead on the project, said “One of our big motivators with these STEM activities is to provide encouragement and re-spark interest in girls at the critical ages.” Thanks to their work and innovative activities, girls were laughing their way to a love of science.

The University of Kansas (the Jayhawks), worked with Girl Scouts to create a program that not only inspires girls, but provides their grad students an opportunity to interact with kids. With grad programs taking 5-6 years, this community engagement helps keep the students motivated and gives Girl Scouts unique STEM experiences in the most critical time in their lives.

“…it really is a two-way street; I get encouragement from the girls’ excitement. A PhD is a long-term goal (5-6yrs) and at times I can lose sight of the passion that set me down this path. Working with kids who have nothing but pure wonder for the sciences and natural world helps remind me of my own passion for Biology,” Andrew said.

This year KU hosted a bug event where girls were able to capture bugs, look at them up-close and get guidance from Andrew (AKA “Ant-Man”) and Kaila Colyott (AKA “Wasp”). They ran around with nets, got into the creek and captured bugs on the ground. One of the most exciting parts for girls was watching normally sweet dragonflies eat prey in the enclosure!

In October, a larger project with more students from KU joined together for this rotation style STEM expo. Girls got to experience wide range of activities from looking at worms, fish and fungi under microscopes to changing colors with acids and learning about genetics! It was quite the experience for girls.

“…it’s important to develop and promote STEM learning outdoors, like Camp Tongawood. There is a lot of great ecology (read: really cool bugs among other things) in the countryside of Kansas that most people won’t interact with going about their daily routine. These places are great to explore nature are crucial nurturing that curiosity in kids,” Andrew said.

One of the favorite projects was an art project using fish specimens! That’s right! Girls picked a dead fish that had patterns/textures they found interesting and used paint to transfer the patterns on to pieces of white cloth, creating their own art pieces! What a cool way to explore animals and learn about what makes fish so interesting.

The acids and bases activity was a bubbly experience with some real chemistry magic! Adding either a base or an acid to a solution let girls watch it bubble, change colors and even smoke when dry ice was added. Girl Scouts learned about ocean acidification that is a concern for scientists and ways we can go about preventing it. What a colorful way to learn about chemistry.

Thanks to the KU Biology department for their hard work on this expo. Girls were raving about it and were clearly inspired! Together, we can keep inspiring young women to love science and create a bright future in science.

Girl Scouts Knock it Out of the Park – again!

2017 Girl Scout Day at the K

The 2017 Girl Scout Day at the K was our largest yet! Over 12,700 Girl Scouts, friends and family enjoyed a gorgeous day at the ballpark! We turned the K into a sea of Girl Scout green. From those shirts, uniforms and homemade apparel to the friendly and courteous actions of all of you, there was no question who was in the house that day – Girl Scouts!

Girl Scouts who sold 300+ boxes of Girl Scout Cookies not only earned 2 free tickets, but the chance to walk around the field prior to the game!

Before the game, Girl Scout Cadettes Patricia Smith from Ft. Leavenworth, KS and Elise Thomas from Kansas City, MO made a special delivery to Rex Hudler and Steve Physioc. We’re pretty sure that gave them just the energy they needed to broadcast the game!

Our Account Executive, Brad Thomas presented our top cookie seller, Girl Scout Daisy Paige Thomas from Lee’s Summit, MO with an autographed baseball prior to the game.

( Photo by Jason Hanna )

Girl Scout Cadette Mackenzie Clevenger from Mission, KS threw out the first pitch to Rebecca McCreight from Olathe, KS.

( Photo by Jason Hanna )

The colors were presented by Girl Scout Seniors and Ambasadors, Kelly Combes (Topeka, KS), Alison Gatzemeyer (Liberty, MO), Grace Ordonio (Liberty, MO), Elizabeth Kratochvil (Louisburg, KS) and Arianna Hilger (Overland Park, KS) during the National Anthem.

( Photo by Jason Hanna )

Girl Scouts Emauri Snider (Eudora, KS), Jaycee Ziolkowski (St. Joseph, MO) and Miranda Metzinger (Raytown, MO) got the game started as the ceremonial “Play Ball” kids!

( Photo by Jason Hanna )

In the Buck O’Neil Legacy Seat was Gold Award Recipient, Hayley Nitz from Olathe, KS. For her Gold Award project, Hayley wanted to do something to break the poverty cycle in Uganda through education so she organized a community-wide workshop for people to make stimulating, educational toys out of upcycled material. Hayley then hand-delivered these toys to children living at Amani Baby Cottage in Jinja, Uganda! You can learn more about her project here!

Girl Scout Volunteer, Major Arjean Smith was recognized in the Salute to Heroes seat! Major Smith began her military 24 year career in the Army Reserves. She began her active duty service in 1996 with three deployments. In 2000, she was commissioned for officer school. Her military career continues today as she serves as the Secretary of General Staff for the Combined Arms Center at Fort Leavenworth.

During the game, Abigail Self from Windsor, MO showed Kauffman Stadium her speed by winning the Steal a Base challenge – running from the visitor bullpen to our dugout where Sluggerrr was holding a base and back again in under 17 seconds! Congrats Abigail!

( Photo by Jason Hanna )

The only thing that could have made Girl Scout Day at the K any better, would have been a win from our Boys in Blue. Oh well, next year!

Thank you to everyone who came out and participated in 2017 Girl Scout Day at the K! We want to hear about the memories you made with your girl, family or troop, so be sure to leave those in the comments below!

Be sure to check out all our photos from 2017 Girl Scout Day at the K and feel free to download, print and share and watch our video below!

We are Girl Scouts, We are Innovators – Cookie Construction Build Day 2017

For the past six months, nearly 100 Girl Scout Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors have been working alongside 30 female design mentors to plan and build a structure made out of 1,000 Girl Scout Cookie boxes! On Saturday, March 4, our seven Cookie Construction teams came together to execute their plans and finally assemble their structure at Build Day at Crown Center!

With a theme of “We are Girl Scouts, We are Innovators,” the teams had an 8×8 space and four and a half hours to bring their plans to life! At the conclusion of the build each structure was evaluated by a panel of jurors who assessed the builds based on Creativity in Design, Structural Design, Use of Colors/Labels, Craftsmanship and Adherence to Rules & Regulations.

Alpha Builders – Project: Construct the World

Our creation mimics an iconic symbol of the Girl Scouts—a trefoil—and documents innovation and its connection to the organization. This design explores women in STEAM (Science, Technology,

Engineering, Arts, and Math) fields who are trailblazing, like a Girl Scout, through the industry. We are understanding history and what’s innovative for its time and why. We are propelling girls forward and deconstructing the walls that limit them!

 

Butterfly Dream Squad – The Dream Factory

Welcome to the dream factory, where ideas are born, nurtured, signed, sealed, and delivered!

The seedlings of innovation begin from sources of imagination within each of us. Whether it be a

philosophy, a technology, an invention, an organization, or just a great idea, they all traveled out

of a noggin or two and into the world. Wishing we could see this place, the dream squad presents “The Dream Factory,” an incubator for innovations to foster and grow before global distribution.

Gear Girls – One Tree at a Time

Innovation means many different things, but usually it refers to new technologies. Our team chose to focus on finding ways to improve our environment. We have designed robots with the ability to plant and care for trees. The trees around us are essential to all creatures and are the environmental frontline for improving every person’s lives. Using only the 5 different colors of cookie boxes we have created a 3D representation of what the future could be. These robots are not limited to a specific area and they can have a lasting impact on the entire world. We have designed one robot specifically to plant trees. The next robot takes care of the nutritional needs of the trees, including all species. Finally we have a robot doctor that visits regularly to check up on insect or storm damage and ensure the trees overall health. These robots are helping the world one tree at a time.

 

 

STEAM Team – A Girl Scout’s Dream of a Career in STEAM

We designed a Girl Scout that is dreaming about her future in a STEAM related career. She doesn’t know if she wants to be a Scientist, work in IT, be an Engineer, become an Artist or a Mathematician. No matter what career she decides to pursue, she knows that Girl Scouts has given her a foundation to be an innovator in any field she chooses. We chose this subject because our team is inspired by what STEAM stands for and all the women innovators of the past and present.

  

Time Keepers – A Bridge Through Time

A Bridge Through Time represents the way life has changed because of innovators. As you journey through the past, you realize the difference one small change can make. Past innovators created huge changes in the way we live today. The bridge takes us from one point in time to another. Walking up the steps, you realize all the accomplishments that have come this far. Reaching the top, you realize there is more to come. Sliding down, you see tall skyscrapers and flying cars; the sky is the limit! We can change the world. We are Girl Scouts! We are Innovators!

 

Time Travelers – Takin’ it to the (Downtown) Streets

 Our group wanted to focus on the transformation, but iconic transportation in downtown Kansas City through the years. We chose the trolley (from the past) and the new KC Streetcar. Union Station is our centerpiece because it is a hub for all sorts of transportation in and out of Kansas City from both the past and the present. Union Station, the trolley and the streetcar are all innovative pieces to their era thus what we chose as our overlying design to match the theme, “We are Girl Scouts, We are Innovators.” The two eras of transportation, the trolley on one side, and the streetcar on the other are joined by Union Station because of its importance to transportation as well as the transformation of Kansas City through the years.

 

TL² – Innovation Manor

Our project represents a house where Girl Scouts can design and invent freely. We decided to build a house because a lot of space and millions of innovations are found in homes. We decided to include some notable inventions, such as the lightbulb, the spectacles and the microscope. We poured all of our creativity into our thinking caps and developed some inventions that could be made in the future – for instance, a cookie spitter and badge designer. Our building structure consists of three floors with a loft on the third floor. We wanted to section off part of the house and commit it to just making innovations, so that is where we came up with the idea for an innovation lab as the loft. We are using ladders to get from level to level in our house, which are supported by the exterior walls and structural columns. The roof will be a rooftop garden which will have solar panels to provide power for Innovation Manor. This build means a lot to us as Girl Scouts so we have created a mural in the back of the house representing Girl Scout History and Juliette Gordon Low, the founder.

Ultimately, STEAM Team was given the Jurors’ Choice Award! The jurors loved their bold use of color, found their craftsmanship impeccable and were impressed by their innovative use of materials creating the head of a young girl who dreams of a career in STEAM!

Thank you to our Jurors, Ellen Foster, Angie Gaebler, Mike Gekas, Al Harris, Molly Simmons and our event Emcee Amy Slattery!

The awards aren’t done yet; you can still cast your ballot for People’s Choice Award! Visit Crown Center and see these impressive builds yourself and vote for your favorite structure through March 24!

The 2017 Cookie Construction Program is a partnership with AIA Kansas City and made possible with the support of McCownGordon Construction, HOK, Centric Projects, Mark One Electric Co. and SFS Architecture.

Want to see more? We have photos from Build Day on our Facebook Page. Want to participate?! Registration for 2017-2018 will open this summer!

One Girl Makes a Difference. Girl Scouts Together Change the World

Opportunities for 2017 Service to Others Month

We know that Girl Scouts make a difference all year round! But to celebrate the month Girl Scouting was born and to prepare for Inspire a Girl on April 1, we want to keep track of our combined hours of service and the stories of giving back throughout the month of March! Any Girl Scout who logs project hour(s) in March will receive a special patch to showcase her service to others! This patch just happens to pair with the patch Girl Scouts will receive at Inspire a Girl on April 1, make one complete patch design!

So, how do you participate?!

Girls can do projects with their troops or on their own! The following Community Partners are inviting Girl Scouts to lend a helping hand with them in March, but you are welcome to work with your favorite community organization or charity – just log those hours on our website to receive your patch!

 

Helping Hands Humane Society 

Located in Topeka, KS, the Helping Hands Humane Society has a variety of programs available specifically for Girl Scout Daisies, Brownies and Cadettes! For Brownie and Cadettes, the program will help them complete steps in earning either the Animal Helper or Pets badge! The Daisy program will teach girls how to read animals and also ties into the 5 Flowers, 4 Stories, and 3 Cheers for Animals journey!

 What girls will get out of working with Helping Hands: We hope they’ll realize how many homeless pets there are in our community and why we need everyone’s help, including theirs, to take care of them and make sure they get back home or find great new homes. We also hope they will learn more about the human-animal bond and why it’s so special.

St. Joseph Animal Control & Rescue 

St. Joseph Animal Control & Rescue finds partnering with the Girl Scouts to be greatly rewarding for both the troop member and the shelter animals! The Safe and Sound Program discusses both animal care and safety while also introducing girls to the workings of an animal shelter. This program is just for Girl Scout Daisies and ties into the 5 Flowers, 4 Stories, and 3 Cheers for Animals journey! Girls will investigate a mock animal control complaint and identify the animals whose needs are not being met, tour the shelter and interact with few of the animals!

What girls will get out of working with St. Joseph Animal Shelter: We hope that the Girl Scouts will leave the Safe and Sound Program with a better idea of how an animal shelter operates and help them gain an understanding of how to properly care for animals. While our program does include serious discussions we allow the students to put their knowledge to use in fun activities including an Animal Control Officer investigation.

Spay and Neuter KC

Spay and Neuter KC invites Girl Scouts of all ages to their Kansas City, MO clinic to tour and participate in a one-hour community service project! They also have age level specific workshop for Brownie where they will learn care and compassion for both people and pets and put together “Compassion Kits” to be given out to homeless peter owners in the community.

What girls will get out of working with Spay & Neuter KC: We hope they’ll see a little of that compassion in action. More than anything, we try to emphasize how organizations like us really need the help and support of kind-hearted, compassionate people to make the kind of impact the community needs, and how everyone coming together for a common goal really makes a difference. We also hope that our stories of the people we’ve helped will make the girls reflect on their own lives, their own families, and the things they care about the most.

Harvesters

Harvesters has long been a community partner with Girl Scouts! This March both the Kansas City and Topeka facilities are asking Girl Scouts, 4th grade and older, to assist in sorting and repackaging donated items their Volunteer Engagement Centers. Topeka needs volunteers on March 25 and Kansas City needs volunteers March 14, 17 & 25. Following your volunteer time, Girl Scouts are invited to connect with other Girl Scouts in a half-hour learning activity and candle lighting ceremony that engages girls on the issue of hunger and how to be a spark for change.

What girls will get out of working with Harvesters: Girl Scouts will learn how a community food netword operates, while working alongside their sister Girl Scouts from other troops. Following their service time they will be able to connect with those sister Girl Scouts and really reflect on what it takes to end hunger tomorrow.

The Call KC

During the month of March, Girl Scouts are invited to collect brand new pairs and packs of women’s underwear for The Call KC, to be donated to area shelters! Troops can register through the website and The Call KC will assign a shelter for the items to go to and schedule a delivery date!

What girls will get out of working with The Call KC: We hope that the girls will gain a deeper perspective of what charities and causes are out there. Too many times we stay in our comfort zones when it comes to volunteerism, and so the more we can help people go outside their usual spheres of influence, the larger impact we can have on all involved.

Whether you work with one of the community partners above, or do a project on your own, make sure you log those hours on our website to receive your patch! Then, make plans to join us as we celebrate the highest award in Girl Scouting, the Gold Award, and honor our 42 recipients at Inspire a Girl on April 1. Prior to the ceremony will be the G.I.R.L. Expo where our community partners and program staff will lead hands-on activities, Girl Scouts can meet and learn about each Gold Award project and where she will receive a second patch that complements the one received for participating in Month of Service!