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Girl Scouts target math, science gender gap

May 10, 2014, The News Journal - Most people who have worked in an office know the frustration of a paper jam. But when your 3-D printer breaks down, things get even more complicated. Ask Christiana High School junior Cheyanne Stevens, who spent about an hour gingerly taking apart and piecing back together one of the complex machines, which layer material in precise patterns to create almost any object imaginable. Creating ornate chess pieces with such a machine requires careful precision – taking one apart requires an experimental mindset and more than a little bravery. "I'm pretty nervous, because this is a really expensive machine and I don't want to break it," Stevens said. "But the whole thing is really cool." The printer is one of many pieces of equipment installed recently that have turned the Camp Country Center in Hockessin, run by the Girl Scouts of the Chesapeake Bay, into a high-tech science and engineering education wonderland.
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Girl Scout’s initiative to name state shell signed into law by Delaware Governor Jack Markell

May 6, 2014 - Girl Scout Allyson Willis (image) noticed that Delaware did not have a state shell while learning about official state birds, flowers and mottos – and made history by approaching government officials to introduce an official shell in the Delaware General Assembly. Allyson under took the initiative as a Girl Scout Bronze Award project, resulting in a bill sponsored by State Representative Quinn Johnson and State Senator Bethany Hall-Long, and signed by Governor Jack Markell. The bill signing was covered by media, including WBOC, WHYY, The Middletown Transcript and the Associated Press. (Read more, WBOC | Read more, Middletown Transcript)

 

Girl Scout Cookies are HERE!

February, 2014, Middletown Transcript — Dozens of Girl Scouts and troop leaders stopped by Townsend Fire Hall on Tuesday to pick up
the Girl Scout cookies they’ll be delivering to homes throughout the Middletown-Odessa-Townsend area in the coming days. 
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It's Cookie Time! - Girl Scouts Begin Annual Sale

February, 2014, Newark Post — Eight-year-old Molly Donovan has a sure-fire way to convince people to buy Girl Scout Cookies, especially at this time of year. “The thing is, when it’s near Valentine’s Day, you say they make a great Valentine’s Day present,” Molly explained matter-of-factly. That sales pitch stays effective even after Feb. 14. “A late Valentine’s Day present never hurts,” Molly said. Molly and three fellow members of Girl Scout Troop 775 spent Valentine’s Day manning their cookie booth in front of The Galleria on Main Street. Friday was the start of cookie booth sales across the region. Sales will continue for approximately six weeks. -Read more-

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Mid-Shore Woman of Distinction luncheon to honor Sharon Dobson

February, 2014, MyEasternShoreMD.com — The Girl Scouts of the Chesapeake Bay has selected I. Sharon Dobson as this year’s Mid-Shore Woman of Distinction. A luncheon honoring Dobson will be held on Friday, April 4, at The Tidewater Inn in Easton from noon to 1:30 p.m. Luncheon seats are available for $50 per person and sponsorship opportunities are still available. To reserve a seat at the luncheon or find out more about sponsorship opportunities, contact 410-742-5107 no later than March 14, 2014. This year’s event Honorary Chairman is Kathy Deoudes and the Co-Chairmen are Maureen Scott-Taylor and Patti Willis. -Read more-


Teaching girls to change the world - with molecules

March, 2014, The News Journal -image- Cait McRae epitomizes what area Girl Scout councils and the DuPont Company hoped a Saturday science event would help instill in young women – a vision of becoming an engineer or scientist.McRae, 23, is a DuPont engineer. Before she embarked on her career at the global science company based in Wilmington, the young woman from Pottstown, Pa., was a Girl Scout – an impressionable one. Twelve years ago, McRae participated in an Engineering Your Tomorrow, event hosted by DuPont and the Girl Scouts of Chesapeake Bay. The full-day program introduces 6th, 7th, and 8th grade girls to careers in engineering and science. For McRae, it brought an ‘ah ha’ moment. “I got to smash a penny after freezing it with liquid nitrogen, and I still have pieces of the penny on my desk,” McRae said. “The experiments I did with my Girl Scout leader and volunteers from DuPont during this program caught my interest and led me not just to pursue a degree in chemical engineering, but ultimately to work for DuPont.” About 140 Girl Scouts from Delaware, Pennsylvania and New Jersey and 20 daughters of DuPont employees engaged Saturday with the firm’s female scientists and engineers, who volunteered time to inspire the youths to consider STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields as possible college majors and careers. This year marked the 25th year for Engineering Your Tomorrow, which was held at the Conrad Schools of Science near Newport. Participants explored science concepts by digging their hands into entertaining experiments using chemical reactions to create lava lamps, or explode (pop) lunch bags with an acid-based reaction that generated gas. “I think it’s a really good experience for us because it gets us interested in all the different sciences you can learn and pursue as a career,” said 14-year-old Girl Scout Hannah Cote. Her exposure to the program over the past three years has led her to strive for a future career in science. DuPont CEO Ellen Kullman, who started out as a Girl Scout and has been a longtime staunch supporter of STEM, has said that an early start is key when it comes to exposing girls to the disciplines. “This is critical to really helping girls realize how they can make a difference in the world, giving them opportunities to interact with women engineers and scientists that they may not have had the opportunity to interface with,” said Stefanie Kopchick, a 30-year-old chemical engineer for DuPont. The idea is to show girls, their leaders and parents that engineering and science can be fun. That’s important at a time when research indicates that teachers and students generally have a poor understanding of engineering, according to information provided by DuPont. A 2008 report by the National Academy of Engineering shows that when first-year students are asked why they opt out of studying engineering, the “nearly inevitable reply is that they prefer to enter a discipline that will empower them to help others make the world a better place.” Still, 74 percent of teen girls are in fact interested in STEM, according to a study by the Girl Scout Research Institute, says Anne T. Hogan, CEO of Girl Scouts of Chesapeake Bay. “They are drawn by the creative, hands-on aspects of these subjects,” Hogan said. “To translate this interest into careers, girls need more exposure to women in STEM and better education about what STEM careers are. We are grateful that DuPont has offered this wonderful program for 25 years.”


Magnolia Girl Scout serves as MC for statewide Women of Distinction ceremony

March, 2014, Dover Post - The job of mistress of ceremonies for the annual Women of Distinction ceremony hosted by the Girl Scouts of the Chesapeake Bay is typically held by a high school student, but this year Middle School 8th grader Eryne Jenkins won the honor. “When I found out I was going to be MC I felt really overjoyed because when I was auditioning one lady said I had poise when I was on stage and that I had personality on stage,” Eryne said. “You never really know those things until someone tells you.” -Read more-


Girl Scouts CEO is set on growing leaders

March, 2014, The News Journal - Girl Scouts of the Chesapeake Bay, is helping to shape future leaders in the community. (image)

Hogan, who has been involved with the Girl Scouts for more than 40 years, was named CEO in 2008, joining the nonprofit after a career at MBNA. We caught up with Hogan recently to talk about how the organization is working to develop girls into leaders, and its new national push called Ban Bossy, banbossy.com, The questions and answers have been edited for clarity and space.

Q: When people think of the Girl Scouts, they might think of cookie sales and summer camps, but the program is much more.
Tell us about it.

A: Encouraging girls to consider STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) careers is a major initiative of Girl Scouts of the Chesapeake Bay. We have a STEM specialist with more than 30 years of experience in science who is responsible for creating programming and coordinating with our corporate and academic partners. One current initiative is the Imagine Your STEM Future program for high school girls presented at Christiana High School. Many STEM programs are hosted at Camp Country Center in Hockessin, where we have opened the Lynn Williams Science and Technology Lodge. Last fall, we opened a Digital Media Center as part of a STEM*Maker Center at the camp. This summer, we will have three weeks of summer camp at Camp Country Center with a STEM focus, including biotechnology and culinary science.

Earlier this month, DuPont hosted the 25th Engineering Your Tomorrow event, featuring many women scientists offering hands-on projects for more than 100 Girl Scouts. Another example was at the 15th Annual Women of Distinction event on March 11, where we honored Terri Kelly, the CEO of Gore, who herself was a Girl Scout. A discussion for 60 Girl Scouts included scientists from DuPont, W.L. Gore, AstraZeneca, Wilmington University, University of Delaware, Delaware State University and a doctor from Nemours. The scientists shared their stepping stones to their careers – girls heard from real-live women scientists and how they achieved their goals in science. The girls were engaged and asked many questions.

Q: The Girl Scouts of the USA partnered recently with the COO of Facebook, Sheryl Sandberg, on a new initiative called Ban Bossy.
What do you see as valuable in this program?

A: Here’s the problem: in a Girl Scouts study of 8- to 17-year-olds, a third of young women who did not want to be leaders attributed their lack of motivation to a fear of being called “bossy” or disliked by their peers. Girls were twice as likely to cite “bossy” as a barrier. Sixth-grade girls are 33 percent less likely than boys to want to take the lead in group projects. Starting in middle school, more boys than girls aspire to leadership roles in future careers. We need to reach girls early, before middle school. Ban Bossy’s mission is to encourage girls to lead everywhere: at home, in their communities and in the workplace. Whether a girl seeks to be the CEO of the world’s largest company or the CEO of her family at home, we intend to empower her to follow her dreams. The Ban Bossy program is twofold. It is a public awareness campaign, but it is also a specific program to teach girls how to speak up and be leaders.

Q: When you are out working with girls in the region, what kinds of stories inspire you? What do you see for the next generation of future leaders?

It’s gratifying to see individual girls grow and take on leadership roles. One terrific example is this year’s Women of Distinction Mistress of Ceremonies Eryne Jenkins. Many of the girls who audition for this role are in high school, but Eryne is an eighth-grader at Postlethwait Middle School in Camden. She spoke in front of 300 in the Gold Ballroom. She has grown so much as a leader during her time in Girl Scouts. Many of our girls have gone on to major in engineering or other science fields, and they credit Girl Scout programs for getting them interested. These girls serve as role models to our younger Girl Scouts. There’s the shy little girl who sees the success of older Girl Scouts and says, “I can do that, too.” A troop of Girl Scout Brownies recently had a cookie booth at Cokesbury Village. So many of today’s leaders are Girl Scout alumnae. This trend will continue – the girls of today have opportunities that we can only imagine. I fully expect that the first woman President of the United States will be a Girl Scout alum.

Q: What kinds of things can the business community do to help the Girl Scouts?

A: The top of our wish list is volunteers. We always need troop leaders and currently have girls on the waiting list who need to be placed in a troop. We also need short-term volunteers – to come out to help with a series or individual program. One of our most popular programs for teen girls is the Dine Around program, where girls meet women in a particular business or organization. Additionally, our Advancement Committee is trying to connect with many local businesses. We also will be beginning a capital campaign for our new Northern Resource Center, and we will ask the business community as well as individuals to get involved.

 

Girl Scouts of the Chesapeake Bay Will Celebrate National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend February 7, 8 and 9

January, 2014, The News Journal - For the first time, Girl Scout Cookies will be available on carts at Christiana Mall, Dover Mall and the Centre at Salisbury beginning February 7 through March 9. The carts will be open during mall hours. Additionally, Girl Scout Cookies will be available at several Walmarts on the Delmarva Peninsula during National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend. Trucks will begin delivering cases of cookies to Girl Scout troops on Saturday, February 7. The deliveries will run through Thursday, February 13. Girl Scouts will deliver pre-ordered cookies to their customers and prepare for regular cookie booths beginning February 14. For ease of purchase, customers can find their Thin Mints, Samoas, and other favorite Girl Scout Cookies by using the official Girl Scout Cookie Finder app, available free for iPhone or Android. All GSCB Cookie booths can be located through the Cookie Finder.

GSCB Congratulates 20 Teen Girl Scouts For Earning the Girl Scout Gold Award

11-19-2013 - By earning the Girl Scout Gold Award, the girls have become community leaders. Their accomplishments reflect leadership and citizenship skills that set her apart. Only about 5 percent of Girl Scouts achieve this designation. "Earning the Girl Scout Gold Award designation is truly a remarkable achievement, and these young women exemplify leadership in all its forms," said Anne T. Hogan, Chief Executive Officer of Girl Scouts of the Chesapeake Bay. "They saw a need in their communities and around the world and took action. Their extraordinary dedication, perseverance, and leadership, is making the world a better place." -Read more-

 

NEWARK RESOURCE CENTER - New Building Location Announced

11-5-2013, The News Journal - Girl Scouts of the Chesapeake Bay announced today that it will build a new, multi-functional service center near Newark, DE to serve as the organization's Northern Region headquarters. Serving nearly 16,000 girls and adult volunteers, GSCB is the largest girl advocacy organization on the Delmarva Peninsula. GSCB's current headquarters is located in Newark at 501 S. College Avenue on the University of Delaware College of Agriculture campus. The new service center will be constructed on seven acres of land on Old Baltimore Pike, located approximately 2 1/3 miles south on Route 896 and four miles east on Old Baltimore Pike. The wooded tract is north of Smalley's Pond near Route 275 and I-95. "Our new service center will enable us to better serve our volunteers and the growing number of girls on the Delmarva Peninsula by providing needed space and resources," said Anne T. Hogan, Chief Executive Officer of Girl Scouts of the Chesapeake Bay. GSCB owns its current headquarters building but leases the land from the University of Delaware. The lease is expiring and the university has agreed to purchase the building. Hogan said the new site has excellent access, visibility, parking and open space. It will provide welcome outdoor areas for Girl Scouts and volunteers to enjoy in conjunction with programming in the service center. (Map)

 

Stockings for Soldiers

11-29-2013 - Every year, Girl Scouts and adult volunteers from SU 629 are dedicated volunteers for Stockings for Soldiers. Today, Dr. Jill Biden, the Second Lady of the United States, stopped by to help! Image 1 | Image 2

Girl Scouts "Takeover" The Newsroom

10-12-2013, WMDT - WMDT had some visitors at the station Saturday. Girl Scouts from Troops 38, 634, 710 and 740 came by as part of a media journey. As part of their visit, the girls actually helped write a story to run during a newscast. (Image)
The girls got a tour of the building and got to role-play in jobs like being an anchor. We talked to them about why they joined Girl Scouts and why they have stayed in for so many years. They say it's not just about camping, they learn a lot and have fun doing it.

Here is what a few of them had to say:
Jamiah Weston says, "I'm doing my silver award, that's gonna help me get into college."
Maddison Brown says, "It's really fun, you learn a lot of new skills and you go on a lot of exciting trips and you have more experiences than if you weren't in Girl Scouts."
Shannon Combs says, "I want to become a teacher and I think girl scouts will help me become a teacher."
Emily Harrington says, "The thing I like about girl scouts is that I get to hang out with some of my closest friends and even though most of its not about playing, we get to have some play time and just hang out and chill."

The girls told us they get to go on a lot of trips and the troops have helped them try new things.

 
 
 

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