As a Girl Scout, you learn to shoot for the stars and excel
in your passions. Girl Scout Senior, Alyssa R., a 10th grader in
Olathe, KS, decided to go for the stars in an exciting Astronomy Destinations
experience during the summer of 2019! Alyssa met 9 other Girl Scouts from
around the country in Oregon to find out what it means travel like a Girl
Alyssa began her Girl Scout experience as a Daisy Girl Scout
in North Carolina before moving to Kansas City and joining the troop she’s
still with as a Junior. “For me, Girl Scouts lets me meet a wide community of
people who all think differently,” Alyssa said – something that has helped her
see other perspectives throughout her life. One of her favorite things about
being a Girl Scout has been the outdoor and STEM experiences she’s been able to
have – including a rock climbing camping adventure in Arkansas as part of one
of our council trips. That led her to wanting to explore more with Girl Scouts
and she soon found that a Destination would be the best option.
The application process was one that Alyssa prepared for and
later found out that her preparation and thoughtful answers helped her get
accepted. “The staff talked to us about our essays and gave us back what we
wrote, then told us that we all put in more than the basics, which helped us
get selected. We put in why we wanted to do it, why we were interested in
astronomy and a STEM career,” Alyssa said. This experience helped her get a
taste of what college applications will be like and now knows she has an edge
after hearing about what stood out to the staff.
After being accepted, Alyssa made her way to Oregon and
toured the coast, which included a stop at Seaside Beach. The group arrived at
Pine Mountain Observatory for STEM activities and camped for 5 days Deschutes
National Forest. Over the course of 9 days, in addition to camping, the girls
did constellation walks, volunteered at two public observation nights, learned
about wavelengths, performed several experiments and even went white water
rafting! Overall, the experience let her try new things, meet new friends and
get a feel for what a career in astronomy might look like.
During the Destination, she met Girl Scouts from all over
the country and they still have a very active group chat. She also walked away
with a new appreciation for her passion for astronomy and the confidence of
travelling without parents or friends. “A Destination is a great thing to
experience at this age since it’s nice to learn to travel without parents or
friends to rely on,” Alyssa said.
She would encourage other Girl Scouts to “find a Destination
that interests you…and just go for it!” Her biggest tip is “[…]be truthful in
what your interests are, express interest [on the application] and proofread
your submissions,” said Alyssa. We love those tips and know they’ll help other
Girl Scouts rock those Destinations applications – and maybe some college or
job applications too! Thanks, Alyssa,
for sharing your awesome Girl Scout Destinations experience!
Are you interested in a Girl
Scout destination? Check out some of the awesome places Girl Scouts travel
and get ready for the next round of the application process!
When you’re an outdoor focused Girl Scout, there’s nothing more exciting than traveling halfway across the country to one of the most beautiful national parks in the world! That’s exactly what Girl Scout Ambassador, Autumn S. from Leawood, Kansas did when she was accepted into the Maine Wilderness Destination during the summer of 2019!
Autumn applied for the Destination after learning about the
awesome opportunities Girl Scouts offered for travel. Rather than preparing her
answers separately, she sat down and completed the application and essay at
once, really thinking about her answers and writing from the heart. “I was just
in a writing groove and just did it all at once, I knew what I wanted to say,”
Autumn said with a smile.
That passion ended up getting her accepted into the program and she traveled to Maine to meet up with 10 other Girl Scouts from around the country for a 12-day experience she’ll never forget. Over the course of the 12 days the girls camped at Camp Natarswi, a Girl Scout camp in Maine, sitting at the base of Mt. Katahdin. Autumn had two experiences that challenged her in different ways, the easier one being the ice caves that they ventured to. It was a short hike away and she had some great teambuilding experiences with that challenge because the girls had to help each other cross the ice.
The second adventure Autumn experienced was definitely a
challenge – summiting Mt. Katahdin. Thanks to great staff leadership the girls
were able to conquer the summit, with a fun little chant of “What are we going
to do? SUMMIT!” along the way. Those staff members, especially Scrapper and
Steve, helped her have a really amazing and empowering experience. “Looking
back, I’m able to say, ‘wow, I really did that,’” Autumn said. In addition to
those adventures, the group also got to go white water rafting and camp with
Autumn returned to KC with a new friend group (with an
active group chat) and new confidence that has led her to new opportunities. “I
applied for the Teen Leadership Circle at the Council and I’m not sure I would
have done that if I hadn’t gone on the Destination,” Autumn said. She believes that
this Destination experience helped her become a more confident person and
encourages other Girl Scouts to give it a shot.
“Girl Scouts has great experiences that it’s hard to get
anywhere else. With a Destination, there are so many trips, you can find what’s
right for you. Just go and have fun. You never know what you’ll find,” Autumn
said. Now that Autumn has had an amazing Destinations experience, her next big
Girl Scout adventure is looking toward her Gold Award. She completed a Silver
Award by painting chairs for Solace House and using funds she raised for this
project. This Girl Scout is certainly going places! Thank you, Autumn, for
sharing your amazing journey! Are you interested in a Girl
Scout destination? The next application deadline is February 15!
Summer 2019 was one for the Girl Scout memory books for Girl
Scout Seniors Parker V. and Emily N.! After traveling to Savannah, GA with
their troop, then on the GSKSMO council-sponsored trip to Belize, Parker and
Emily hopped on a plane back down to Central America for their Girl Scout
Destination trip for two weeks of scuba diving, volunteering and working with
sea turtles in Costa Rica and Panama!
This trip was inspired by their Silver Award where they
worked to eliminate plastic waste polluting the ocean and endangering sea
turtles. Parker and Emily partnered with Kindcraft turning bags into yarn that
was used to create sleeping mats for the homeless, doubling the impact of their
“I remember the day you told me about the trip!” Parker said
to Emily. “We were at the first Girl Scout meeting of the year and we went to
get something to drink and you said you heard about this thing you get to do
where you go somewhere in the Pacific and to help sea turtles!”
Upon arrival they stayed overnight Outward Bound Costa
Rica’s home base then traveled Bocas del Toro Panama where they stayed with a
host family for seven days and earned their NAUI Scuba Certification.
Their countless scuba sessions included a 67 foot dive (their
deepest), a shipwreck exploration where they saw nurse sharks and sand sharks
under the boat and a night dive where they activated bioluminescent plankton!
“You go in the water and it is pitch black, but when you
move around it glows green around you,” Parker explained. “Essentially they’re
specks of dust that glow when you touch it,” Emily added. “It was so cool.”
When the girls weren’t scuba diving, they were volunteering
at a K-8 school playing volleyball with kids during recess and doing beautification
projects around the campus and community, ziplining through the rainforest,
swimming on a hidden beach and bonding with their new Girl Scout friends and
The highlight of the first part of their trip was the
cultural immersion experience sleeping on a dock over the pacific ocean of
their host family. It was a very different experience from their time in Belize
staying at resorts!
“We got there and there was no air conditioning, we made our
own food and there was no electricity and the bathroom was a bucket bathroom.
At night it was dark so dark but it was so beautiful,” Parker said. “We got to
sleep on a dock under the stars!”
For the second half of their trip they headed to the San
San-Pond Sak where they worked on sea turtle conservation efforts.
Their group arrived after nests had been moved from the
beach and were being kept safe until the eggs hatched, and their job was to
make it possible for the turtles to emerge after hatching.
“You dug until you saw white, which were the little baby
eggs, and then you loosely put the sand back in so they’re covered, but they
can easily get out when they hatch,” Emily explained.
When the eggs hatched, they transported the sea turtles back
down to the beach and helped release them into the ocean!
“You pick up a sea turtle and you lay it down and it just
knows where to go, it’s awesome,” Parker said!
“We learned the faster you go, the more sea turtles you get
to touch,” Emily added. “I released 13!”
Throughout their 15 days together, Parker and Emily
developed deep bonds with the six other Girl Scouts on the destination and
their two guides. Each day girls would rotate jobs that helped the group
function and bond. They ranged in duties from carrying the medicine bag to
educating the group on cultural experiences to summing up the day with a powerful
phrase, quote or words.
“Ohana means family and family means no one is left behind,”
Emily and Parker said in unison. “That was one of our favorites.”
Each night they would pass around a string of eight wooden
sea turtles, express their highs and lows of the day then give the necklace to
someone who did something great for the group that day. At the end of the trip,
the guides disassembled the string and created a necklace for each individual
girl with one sea turtle on it. Their guides explained that they were all like
a pack of baby sea turtles at the beginning of the trip, but by the end they
had developed and grown and were ready to go out into the ocean on their own.
Parker and Emily have been back for three months but they’ve
continued this nightly ritual, everyone texting the group with their highs and
lows of the day.
Are you interested in exploration, service and sisterhood
like Parker and Emily?! Learn more about Girl
Scout Destinations and apply by the first deadline on November 15! Don’t forget, you can use Cookie Dough, Cookie
proceeds and there are scholarships available!
Raising girls to be the innovators of tomorrow! There is no
limit to how big a girl can dream when she’s a Girl Scout and thanks to a
special partnership with civil engineering firm BHC Rhodes, girls are getting a
unique STEM troop experience during the summer! The power of these partnerships
is that they open a world of potential to girls at a young age. As engineer
Katie Bushong said, “I hope [this program] can inspire other Girl Scout troops
to partner with companies so the girls can gain exposure to other industries at
a young age.”
This summer, Girl Scouts from around Kansas City joined a pop-up
STEM group that visited BHC Rhodes and worked with staff to learn about
engineering. Throughout the experience girls got a tour of the firm, learned
what a surveyor does, engineered their own mini car, learned about concrete,
fortified sand and other important materials in the engineering world. These
hands-on experiences help girls learn about STEM careers and how they can
thrive in the industry. “This was an opportunity for BHC Rhodes to partner with
the Girl Scouts and show young girls what it is like to be an engineer,” Katie
The troop started with meeting the staff and touring the
building. BHC Rhodes has a “no problems” philosophy, so they worked to instill
that in the girls throughout the experience. They moved on to working on cars
with different types of propellers, an activity which really made girls think
outside the box! It ended with a fun race to see whose car could be the very
After learning about momentum, the next meeting was all
about concrete! Girls learned the components of concrete, what makes it strong
and even got to mix up their own batch. They used the concrete to create small
concrete coasters with designs in the mold – so cool! A few meetings later,
they popped the coasters out, sanded them and finished the bottoms with pads so
they could be used on tables.
For their final meeting, the troop learned about fortified
sand and got to play with water, sand and unexpected materials that make sand
super strong! First they built normal sand castles, which would fall apart when
little pressure was applied. Then they built castles again, but included layers
of paper towel and cheesecloth to make the sand stronger. The girls put the 3
types to the test – regular, paper towel and cheesecloth – finding that the
cheesecloth was the strongest. It was so strong the girls were able to push
down quite hard on the castle without it breaking. What a cool activity!
Thanks to partnership like this, Girl Scouts are able to have experience they’re not able to get anywhere else! As Laura Bonar, talent development specialist at BHC Rhodes said, “we saw this as an opportunity to expand our reach with the youth and allow one of our summer interns a chance to create a program.” Building girls, businesses and our communities together – that’s the power of community partnerships. Together, we can build the STEM pipeline of the future. Learn more about STEM troops!
Last year, Girl Scout Brownie Troop 4070 participated in the
FIRST LEGO League Jr. (FLL) program thanks to support from KC STEM Alliance and
IBM! These go-getters split their bi-weekly meetings up, alternating between
traditional Girl Scout meetings and working on the FLL Jr. curriculum which is
designed to introduce kids to STEM concepts. From September through March Troop
4070 worked in three sub teams to build and program their WEDO 2.0 robots and
design an outer space city. The program culminated with the FLL Jr. EXPO where
they showcased all they learned and what their robot could do with a little friendly
Troop leader Alanna Beare was instrumental in facilitating the program in collaboration with KC STEM Alliance and additional material funds provided through IBM, where she works. Through FLL Jr., Girl Scouts earned badges in both Think Like a Programmer and Think Like an Engineer journeys.
“The FLL program is directly aligned to the new STEM programs
developed by Girl Scouts of the USA. Overall the skills they learn by working
in small teams lends itself to Girl Scout Mission,” Alanna said.
Troop 4070 enjoyed their experience so much, they are going to do a second year with the program with new challenges and more LEGO robot programming next year!
KC STEM Alliance is pleased to partner with GSKSMO by embarking on a new
strategy to engage girls in creative problem solving through the development of
STEM skills. The core values of FIRST LEGO League are directly aligned with
the mission of Girl Scouts. The KC STEM Alliance partnership with GSKSMO
provides an opportunity to reach more girls helping them create their own
future and building a talent pipeline for Kansas City,” Martha McCabe,
Executive Director of KC STEM Alliance said.
your troop interested in participating in the FLL program? The KC STEM Alliance
will be sponsoring additional teams this year and your troop could be one of
them! For more information, contact our STEM Community Program Manager, Kate
Pankey at email@example.com. There will be an informational meeting on Aug. 24 for
those interested in learning more!
The 5th Annual Cookie Construction Build Day is a
wrap! After six months of planning, practicing and preparing, seven Cookie
Construction teams comprised of 30 female design professionals and 100 Girl
Scouts descended upon Crown Center to finally bring their “Underwater
Adventure” builds to life on March 2. Each team was given an 8×8 space to build
their structures and after 4 ½ hours of build time, girls dropped the glue guns
and tape, stepped away and marveled in their completed builds!
Brr… Welcome to the icy waters at the ends of the Earth! You might think that due to the frigid temperatures and harsh conditions here that there isn’t a lot to do or much to explore, but that couldn’t be further from the truth! While there is a lot of fun happening above water, just like icebergs, there is even more to explore under the surface! Penguins, seals, whales, fish and even plants have found ways to make these icy waters their homes.
A Surprising Discovery By: Jaws Squad Mentor Firm: Hollis + Miller Architects
Our team wanted to
make a major statement with our build and focus on a few bold elements that
would catch the viewer’s attention. We were most inspired by underwater
discovery in movies, the goggles left by a scuba diver from the movie “Finding
Nemo” and the shocking and powerful shark from the movie “Jaws”. Through the
process of sketching and brainstorming as a team, we found that we could put a
creative spin on these two major elements. By playing with scale and creating a
lens for the viewer, the design is meant to make the viewer feel like they are
an underwater explorer making a surprising major discovery. In Girl Scouts and
in life, you never know what you might discover!TEAM PHOTO + BULD
Treasure Untold By: Let’s Get Kracken Mentor Firm: International Architects Atelier
Our team, Let’s Get
Kraken, decided to make “Treasure Untold:” a beautiful piece made of different
colors and types of cookie boxes. The piece shows a purple octopus opening a
treasure chest that has many items to represent treasure. Around the octopus
and treasure is colorful vibrant coral. On the bottom of our display are
shredded boxes to represent sand. The whole piece represents an underwater
exploration. The creators are showing how Girl Scouts all work together and how
we can come to an agreement. When you have teamwork, you can accomplish BIG
Shipwreck of the North By: Oops, I Inked! Mentor Firms: Midland Steel Company, Tompkins Architects, Ellison-Auxier Architects, River Bluff Architects
The Girl Scout Pirates
of the North had to deliver Girl Scout cookies to SpongeBob. They set out on a
stormy night. Then, lighting struck the side of the ship. The ship fell down to
the bottom of the sea, hit the rocks and broke in half. SpongeBob wanted his
cookies, so he decided to go on an adventure to find them. He hopped on a
turtle for a ride, but the turtle got stuck in seaweed. The turtle had to eat
the seaweed to make his way out. He then followed a school of fish to a
colorful coral reef. There, SpongeBob found part of the ship, but also saw a
shark guarding it! The turtle helped him out by distracting the shark.
SpongeBob ran into the ship and found a treasure chest. Inside he found the
cookies he had been searching for!T
A Window to the Sea By: Queens of Argentine Mentor Firm: BRR Architecture
Our build showcases a picture window to the ocean with all the unique creatures of the sea living in harmony. Our main structure implies the frame of a picture box with many different tiers featuring a wide variety of sea creatures swimming together through colorful underwater plant life. The structure is formed using a stair step method in order to achieve the highest visibility for all the creatures and to give them the illusion of floating through the water. The largest element of our build is the Girl Scout octopus who pushes the boundaries of her container, climbing out and fearlessly setting off to explore other worlds outside her own. Wearing her Girl Scout sash and her crown as a Queen of Argentine, she sets off to find new adventures and new friendships.
Mer-Catopolis By: Team MerCats Mentor Firms: Populous, All Tile CCS, Roth Living, Built Interiors
Our team invites you
to explore the depths of the ocean and the fantastic ruins of Mer-Catopolis.
This underwater world is home to mythical hybrid creatures named Mer-Cats.
Mer-Catopolis inspiration comes from ancient Greek and Roman architectural
elements such as ionic columns, arches, and monumental buildings. The city is
full of colors and textures that are derived from many types of coral and
algae. This lively environment and flora attract fish and sea life of different
varieties and sizes. The main square has a fountain displaying Poseidon’s
trident, where Mer-Cats gather to meet their friends. Everyone in Mer-Catopolis
feels happy and safe, as magical narwhals guard the doors to the city. These
guards protect the residents and the coveted treasure of the ocean, which hides
in a cave located at the edge of town. Welcome to Mer-Catopolis!
Life Lost By: Absolutely Remarkable Things Mentor Firms: Scott Rice Office Works, DLR Group, Treanor HL, Working Spaces
represents life lost by depicting an underwater plane crash as well as various
stages of sick coral reef. The plane is thought to have traveled around the
world exploring until it crashed in to the ocean, ending up on the ocean floor.
Shown are various forms of sea life and plants interacting with the crashed
plane and other depictions of past life are represented through other elements
such as the helmet. The dying coral is also thought to show past life because a
coral reef is a living organism that is an important part of the ocean
ecosystem. Throughout our research we discovered that we know more about parts
of space than we do about the ocean floor.T
While the panel of Jurors evaluated each build, 41 Action
News Meteorologist Lindsey Anderson emceed program and Master Lego Builder Joe Nunnink
entertained the audience by speed building a seahorse out of Legos!
A panel of Jurors evaluated each structure on creativity in design, structural design, use of colors/labels, craftsmanship and adherence to rules & regulations. While all the builds had incredible details, personality, and were creative in their own right, the MerCats were presented with the Juror’s Choice Award! They loved their unique interpretation of the theme, use of narrative and their demonstration of knowledge of the history of architecture. The MerCats created depth and vignettes utilizing ionic arches to frame the scene, and incorporated the 2019 Cookie Program Mascot into those arches!
Thank you to our Jurors, Nick Lawler, Meredith Stoll, Whitley
S. Fields, Andrew Pitts and Samantha McCloud and Amy Slattery!
This program wouldn’t be possible without the support and
dedication of our female design professionals in the Kansas City and St. Joseph
areas. Thank you for sharing your knowledge, expertise and time with our Girl
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 22!
The 2019 Cookie Construction Program is a partnership with
AIA Kansas City and made possible with the support of Crown Center, BRR
Architecture & McCownGordon Construction.
Imagine having a passion for the arts, a love of the
outdoors a desire to travel and then being presented with the opportunity to go
on a Girl Scout destination called “Ohio: The Arts Connection.” Seems pretty
fitting, right? It surely was for Girl Scout Senior, Natalie G.!
Natalie is a violinist, a ballerina, a musical theatre
actress, enjoys going to art museums (especially the Nelson-Atkins) and
absolutely loves getting outdoors with Girl Scouts. When she was just 10 years
old, she went to her first sleep away camp at Camp Tall Chief in Oklahoma and
learned that she wasn’t afraid to travel by herself and make new friends. So
when she learned about this destination trip, she knew she wanted to go!
For eight days and seven nights, Natalie was immersed in the
arts and culture realm in and around Cleveland, Ohio. The destination was in
partnership with Girl Scouts of Northeastern Ohio and Natalie, along with 17
other Girl Scouts, stayed in cabins at a local Girl Scout camp.
Every day was a little different. All in all, they visited
the Cleveland Art Museum and took an art class, saw Oklahoma (which just so happens to be Natalie’s favorite musical)
and took a dance class where they mixed able dancers with those in wheelchairs
and got to experience what it was like to dance in a wheelchair. They also took
a trolley tour of Cleveland, learning about the murals that dominate the city.
“I really liked going to see Oklahoma in person and I
thought that was a really cool experience to see that right there, up
The camp they stayed at was in the Cuyahoga Valley National
Park and Natalie was able to earn the Girl Scout Ranger patch from the National
Park service by doing service project within the park! She also got to zipline,
canoe and hike throughout the park where she learned that she prefers to be the
first if she’s doing something new so she can face her fears and conquer them
While the entire trip was memorable for Natalie, July 23 was
her favorite day of the trip because that’s the day she turned 13 and was
celebrated by her fellow Girl Scout sisters and they explored the Cleveland
“This destination made me want to travel more and go on
different trips,” Natalie said!
Natalie’s mother, Lauren, also saw a transformation in Natalie when she
“It really took a lot of bravery and courage to do it but
she went and she had a lot of fun. She came home, seemed older, more mature,
more independent I just think in general it was good experience for her,”
Natalie is now planning her 2019 summer adventures and has
her sights set on our excursion to the American
Southwest where Girl Scout Cadettes and older will road trip, camp and
visit at least 5 National Parks!
Spotlight on Camp Fury Participant and Future Firefighter, Autumn H.
Most of us can’t imagine running into a burning building, but for Girl Scout Senior Autumn H., that is exactly what she dreams of doing for her future career.
Autumn is a sophomore and a part of the Olathe West Public Safety Academy, a program where students gain the knowledge and skills necessary for post-secondary experiences in the professions of fire rescue or law enforcement through a partnership between Olathe West High School, Olathe Public Safety Department and Johnson County Community College. Autumn enrolled in the program during her freshman year of high school. After a semester learning about the various public safety fields, she chose to continue to the program on the fire rescue tract.
When Autumn learned about the opportunity to further her knowledge and gain experience from female professionals in the field through a Girl Scout Destination, she jumped at the opportunity.
“I thought it would be a great step in the direction of what I want to do, gain experience outside of Olathe, KS and learn how other city’s public safety departments function,” Autumn said!
In May, Autumn packed her bags and headed to Camp Fury in Tucson, AZ, a high adventure immersion experience for Girl Scouts, led by elite women of the fire and police services. Over the course of a week, Autumn and 40 other Girl Scouts and Girl Guides from all over the world participated in real-life drills and practice scenarios with female professionals in fire rescue, EMT, EMS, police, border patrol, FBI and SWAT fields.
Girls stayed at a local Girl Scout camp outside of Tucson and would bus to the Tucson Public Safety Academy by 7am each morning. Their days started out with physical training (PT) then they would break off and do field specific training each day. Fire rescue happened in the middle of the week, and it was (no surprise), her favorite.
“I’m kind of biased to the fire side! Day three or four we started off the morning with a controlled car fire instead of PT. We got to gear up and put out a car fire, which was kind of cool! We also did hose relays, climbed to the top of the aerial ladder on top of engine and did a blind search and rescue to find a person in the house that is filled with smoke,” Autumn explained.
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, only about 4 percent of firefighters are women nationwide. That figure has risen to about 14 percent in police work and the military.
“I was worried about sexism in the field in the general; seeing that these women can do it made me realize that I can do it too. They were so encouraging. They wanted us to do our best and I feel like that really helped me,” she said.
When she returned from her Camp Fury Girl Scout Destination Autumn joined Fire Explorers, another program in her community that will enhance and compliment the experiences she’s having in her Public Safety curriculum at school. Each week in the Fire Explorers program – a male dominated program, she draws on her experiences at Camp Fury this past summer.
“Sometimes it can be a little stressful; the guys will try to step in while you’re doing something even though you have it. Other times they trust you,” she explained. “You have to declare your presence and try and fit in as much as possible but let them know you’re still a woman. You can’t have fear and you can’t second guess yourself. If they see you second guessing yourself, they’ll second guess you.”
Autumn also returned from Camp Fury feeling confident about her future career plans.
“After school ended, I was still hesitant about going down this [fire rescue] career path. I knew I would finish the program, but I didn’t know if I wanted to run into burning building and save people on the worst day of their lives,” Autumn explained. “Camp Fury convinced me.”
When Autumn graduates from Olathe West 2021, she’ll do so with Fire 1 & Fire 2 credentials. “I’ll be eligible to be hired onto a department right out of high school.”
Thanks to Camp Fury, Autumn has a network of Girl Scout sisters all around the world who are also passionate about a career in the public safety sector and working to close the gender gap in their desired field.
“I have a friend in Poland! Another friend from Milwaukee started the process of joining the Air Force the day after she flew back home and a friend from Tennessee is now a volunteer firefighter!”
As for her advice if you’re thinking about a Camp Fury experience?
“Do it! Absolutely do it. I definitely found my voice there [at Camp Fury]. It was a great experience and over that week you bond so much with other girls it’s unbelievable.”
Camp Fury – Tucson, AZ, 2018
We are excited to announce that Camp Fury is coming to Girl Scouts of NE Kansas & NW Missouri through a partnership with the Kansas City MO Fire Department, Kansas City Kansas Fire Department, Kansas City MO Police Department and the Wyandotte County Sheriff’s office! Catching Fury will take place in the summer of 2019 and will be for Girl Scouts entering 8th and 9th grades. Then in 2020, Camp Fury will take place and be open to Girl Scouts entering 10th – 12th grade!
If you can’t wait or want to fill your time while you do, you can apply for the Girl Scout Destinations program that Autumn did in Tucson, AZ. The first round of applications is due Dec. 1 but applications are accepted on a rolling basis until the program is full.
It’s a great time to be a Girl Scout! The leaves are changing, the weather is getting cooler, so it’s time to enjoy all that fall has to offer -and it has SO MUCH for our Girl Scouts, their families and troops!
Hispanic Heritage Month, Cops & Bobbers – Oct. 13 Kids will enjoy outdoor fishing fun with law enforcement while building strong bongs of respect for each other and the environments. Fishing poles and supplies will be provided on a first come first serve basis.
Girls in Aviation Day – Oct. 13 Get up close and personal with aircrafts and meet female aviation professionals at this annual event with the Museum of the Kansas National Guard and Combat Air Museum.
Girl Scout Night at the Rangers – Oct. 14 Swope Park Rangers invite the Girl Scouts to Children’s Mercy Park this fall for the annual Girl Scouts Night at the Rangers! Come out and see the Sporting of tomorrow take on the LA Galaxy II then participate in a post-match clinic with the pros!
Kansas City Ballet,The Wizard of Oz – Oct. 17 & 20
Girl Scouts, get your discounted tickets to the Kansas City Ballet’s production of the Wizard of Oz on October 17 or 20!
Honeywell Spark Event – Oct 18
Honeywell Manufacturing & Technologies invites Girl Scout Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors to their Spark Event on Oct. 18 to hear from female professionals in the industry, get creative and use their minds to create and their hands to build! Deadline to register is Oct. 16.
Ernie Miller Nature Center, Haunted Kansas – Oct. 20 As darkness falls, walk through the trails of Ernie Miller Park and listen to the stories of long ago! Characters from the past will share legends around the campfire. Expect a shiver down your spine and a mild case of goose bumps for those who dare enter the forest on this autumn evening.
LabConco Spark Event – Oct. 26
Make great use of the day off school on Oct. 26 (Park Hill, Blue Springs, Liberty, Center – just to name a few!) at LabConco’s first-ever Spark Event! Girls will tour their plant, talk with female STEM professionals and do several hands-on science projects! Deadline to register is Oct. 24.
STEM Expo Day at Camp Tongawood – Nov. 3 Girl Scout Juniors & Cadettes! Are you interested in the diversity of life and learning about organisms, mysteries of the universe, or going back in time sifting through the remains of prehistoric organisms? Investigate our world — from tiny micro-organisms to the vast Kansas blue skies at our STEM Expo on with experts from the University of Kansas & Kansas Dept. of Wildlife & Parks.
HappyBottoms + Henderson Engineers– Nov. 10
Henderson Engineers need YOUR HELP to collect diapers for HappyBottoms and bring them to their wrapping event on Nov. 10! During the event at Henderson, girls will hear from guest speakers, enjoy snow cones and fill the bust with diapers donated for the community!
Arrowhead Takeover– Nov. 16
The Kansas City Chiefs are hosting Girl Scout Brownies and Juniors for an Arrowhead Takeover event on Nov. 14! Girls will do Play60 activities with the Kansas City Titans (Kansas City’ female football team!), learn about sports training, Chiefs History, chat with a Chiefs reporter and hang out with the Chiefs Cheerleaders and leave with a fun patch!
Harvesters, Juliette Gordon Low Birthday Celebration – various dates Give back and honor our founder, Juliette Gordon Low’s birthday by helping sort and pack food at the Kansas City or Topeka Harvesters locations!
Spotlighting Girl Scout Volunteer Extraordinaire Chris Hrdy
When you understand the power of Girl Scouts, it’s hard to walk away from living that GS Strong life. Meet Chris Hrdy, a Girl Scout Alum, mom, former troop leader, member of Daisy’s Circle and travel volunteer who found a way to continue giving back after her daughters graduated. After developing a love of travel in Girl Scouts herself, Chris has decided to give back to girls by serving as a volunteer on our council-sponsored trips. This awesome volunteer shows what it means to give as part of a lifestyle.
Chris has fond memories of her time in Girl Scouts and her little green sash she got to start filling with badges. She was involved through middle school, but found her journey start back again years later when she became a mother. The program really mattered to her because it gave her daughters the chance to be themselves. “Girl Scouts gives girls the opportunity to be weird, to be unique, to be involved and be in a space where there are no parents and no boys!” Chris said.
Chris and Ann Marie Hrdy at the 2016 Inspire a Girl Ceremony!
Chris’ daughters, Ann Marie and Melinda, were both Girl Scouts and benefitted from Chris’ involvement. For Melinda’s first years, she served as cookie mom, so by the time Ann Marie was in Kindergarten the next year, she was ready to lead. For all of Anne Marie’s Girl Scouts years – through senior year of high school – Chris served as troop leader.
Troop 110 had a wonderful experience, traveling to places like Costa Rica and earning highest awards. Both daughters earned their highest awards and served our council, Melinda as a Teen Board Member and Ann Marie a part of the Teen Leadership Circle – so this is a high achieving family of G.I.R.L.s! Chris also served as Unit Leader for Day Camp and Service Unit Manager for SU 678. Once Ann Marie graduated though, Chris wasn’t ready to give up her Girl Scout adventures and emailed us to find opportunities.
Chris Hrdy traveling with Girl Scouts!
Fast forward two years and Chris has adventured with girls to the 2017 Inauguration in Washington DC, Chicago (2018) and plans to join them for the Belize trip in 2019 as well as the next Girl Scout National Convention! The change that Chris gets to watch when girls experience travel is what keeps her engaged.
“When girls are out of their element and their parents aren’t around, they’re so different. They’re open to learning new things, seeing new things, and the changes that can place in just a week during travel is mind-boggling. It’s the most fun thing to watch and I LOVE IT!” Chris said.
Because of the travel adventures, highest awards and other experiences Melinda and Ann Marie got to have, they’re now living pretty amazing lives. Melinda just finished culinary school and Ann Marie is a sophomore in college with goals of becoming a home economics teacher, a career path inspired by her Gold Award project! Though all three ladies are now alums, they’re still giving back to the world and living the life of true Girl Scouts.
The Hrdy family became members of Daisy’s Circle because of their belief in the program and wanting to give that to girls who might not otherwise be able to have some of the same experiences Ann Marie and Melinda had. “Girl Scouts is very important to me, it opens up the personalities of the girls and when they get older, it opens up doors through opportunities. I like the idea of being able to offer that to a girl who might otherwise not be able to have those opportunities,” Chris said.
Thank you to Chris and the entire Hrdy family for giving to Girl Scouts and for leading the way for other girls by being brave G.I.R.Ls! Learn more about Girl Scout Travel or Daisy’s Circle by visiting our website – www.gsksmo.org.