While many camp and outdoor activities stick to tradition, Girl Scouts also provides more modern experiences and facilities, which many girls and their families are seeking.
From STEM camp and surf camp to Hogwarts camp, farming and sustainability camp, and Camp CEO, Girl Scouts is committed to pursuing its mission through innovative, fun, and memorable camp experiences.Take a look at...
Girl Scouts camp: then and now!
Then: 1970—Cheryl Williams, a unit leader in Tallahassee, FL, is surrounded by laughing campers. Source: NHPCNow: A camp counselor and campers delight in the sun at Girl Scouts of Western Washington’s Girl Scout Camp River Ranch, nestled at the foothills of the Cascade mountains approximately 45 minutes outside Seattle. Source.
Then: 1925—A troop leader reads to scouts in a semi-circle in the "Cave,” a meeting place with table and bench. Two other Troop Leaders sit in the group. Source: NHPC.Now: On a break from swimming in the camp pool and dominating the camp challenge courses, a troop leader reads to a troop from Girl Scouts of NE Kansas and NW Missouri’s Camp Prairie Schooner near Kansas City. Source
Then: 1940s (unspecified)— Seven scouts in a semi-circle roast marshmallow on sticks over a stone campfire. Source: NHPC.Now: Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois keep alive the marshmallow-roasting tradition with fun and friends! Source.
Then: 1959—Six Senior Girl Scouts camp out; one girl plays guitar while they all sing together. Source: NHPC.
Now: All smiles and fun, Girl Scouts learn to play guitar outside together at Girls and Guitar camp! Source.
Then: 1919—Girl Scouts perform a circle dance in a clearing. Source: NHPCNow: Girl Scouts of Wisconsin-Badgerland incorporate Healthy Habits into camp programming to ensure girl wellness. Here, Girl Scouts create a handstand circle—we’re pretty sure they’re laughing under water! Source.
Interested in finding a camp for your girl to flex her leadership muscle and have some fun? Find your local council and contact them regarding their innovative, fun, and memorable camp experiences!
Los Angeles-based relief agency to distribute N95 particulate filtering masks in fire areas
Los Angeles, Calif., May 15, 2014– Operation USA, a Los Angeles-based international relief agency, today announced that it will distribute more than 1,000 N95 Particulate Filtering Facepiece Respirators to those fighting and recovering from wildfires sweeping across Southern California this week. The masks, which were stored at the Operation USA warehouse in the Port of Los Angeles, will aid individuals in the affected areas by preventing the inhalation of ash and other dangerous toxins. The organization is calling for additional financial and in-kind support from donors and partners to further aid relief efforts.
As of Thursday afternoon numerous major fires, fueled by extreme dry heat and high winds, had burned upwards of 10,000 acres in San Diego County alone, with damage spreading across Southern California as fires continue to burn. Tens of thousands of people have been evacuated from areas where fires have broken out, with thousands of homes losing power–many suffering fire damage. The full extent of the damage is not yet known.
N95 masks distributed by Operation USA will be delivered to partner agencies and fire departments aiding relief efforts as soon as possible. Donations to Operation USA will be allocated to immediate relief needs and for long term recovery of community-based organizations.
Operation USA previously aided wildfire relief in Southern California in 2007 with the provision of supplies and cash grants to local agencies serving fire victims.
HOW TO HELP:
Donate online at donate.opusa.org, by phone at 1-800-678-7255 or, by check made out to Operation USA, PO BOX 36188, Los Angeles, CA 90036-0188. Donations can also be made via text message: text AID to 50555 to donate $10. Text donations are collected for the benefit of Operation USA by the mGive Foundation and subject to the terms found at www.mGive.org/t.
Corporate donations supporting recovery efforts—bulk quantities of safety supplies, portable generators, work boots, safety goggles, gloves, and more—are also being requested. Only new items in bulk are being accepted at this time. For more information call 1-800-678-7255.
United air miles can be donated to Operation USA through United Airlines Charity Miles program at www.united.com.
About OPERATION USA:
Founded in 1979, Operation USA helps communities alleviate the effects of disasters, disease and endemic poverty by providing privately-funded relief, reconstruction and development aid throughout the world. The Los Angeles based non-government organization offers material and financial assistance to community-based organizations that promote sustainable development, leadership and capacity building, income generating activities, education, health services, and advocacy on behalf of vulnerable people. Learn more at www.opusa.org.
Richard Walden, President and CEO of Operation USA, is available as an expert source on disaster recovery.
Video credit: Middletown Transcript
"I realized that a lot of the states around us, New Jersey and New York, had state shells even though we have more beaches than they do," Allyson told delawareonline. "It kind of made me mad. It was almost like we weren't there."She-shells!: Delaware Governor Jay Markell signed a channeled whelk. The shell, along with a copy of the bill Allyson helped pass, will be included in an exhibit at the Delaware Museum of Natural History. Allyson worked closely with Rep. Quinn Johnson of Middletown to craft the bill that became law.
"...for me, [this bill is] more about Allyson, her classmates, and her fellow Girl Scouts taking an interest in the environment and in the legislative process," Rep. Johnson told the Middletown Transcript. "We try to listen to all our constituents, and something like this just shows that you don't have to be of voting age to be a constituent or to make a difference."Making the world a better place: From left to right: Girl Scouts of the Chesapeake Bay CEO Anne Hogan; Girl Scout Allyson Willis (seated); Allyson's dad, Jim Willis; Allyson's mom, Renne Willis; and Delaware Governor Jack Markell. Allyson's grandparents, not pictured, were also in attendance, and she even had family travel from New Mexico to witness her make history!"It is so important to encourage civic engagement among young people and show them the value of advocating on behalf of issues that matter to them," Gov. Markell said in a release. "This piece of legislation is the result of Allyson's efforts and shows the impact one person can have on their community."
For Allyson, her success is still surreal.
"I thought it was just a little girl's dream that would never come true," she said.
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date on the climate impacts already being felt in the U.S. Saying climate change “has moved firmly into the present,” the report documented how drier regions are growing drier, heat waves more intense, and large swaths of forest dying from insect infestations. Yale Environment 360 asked John P. Holdren, director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, five questions about the report and about plans by President Obama to intensify actions to rein in CO2 emissions and adapt to rising seas and other changes.
Far too often, we consider beauty a matter of appearance. But what’s important to remember is that beauty is more than skin deep. It encompasses all of the wonderful traits that make us unique—and beautiful—in our own ways. So we’re wondering: how do you define beauty? Are you beautiful for your desire to help those in need? Because the bands on your braces are cool colors? Because your red hair shines flame-bright in the sun? Whether because of a unique birthmark or an unbridled excitement to try new things, we’re all beautiful in our own ways. So celebrate it! And be free to be you.
As part of our Free Being MePSA contest, we want you to tell the world why it’s important to love yourself, including your physical appearance and the things that make you stand out as a person. We invite you, alone or with a group of up to five girls, to create a short video PSA highlighting the above as well as urging others to celebrate what makes them unique—and beautiful!
Not sure where to start? Visit our contest page, and consider using the following questions as prompts:
· Different people—depending on where in the world they live, for one—find different things beautiful. What are some things you find beautiful no matter where you travel?· What might make every girl everywhere feel free to be herself? · What do you think the world would be like if every girl felt her accomplishments mattered more than how she looks?
We hope you’ll give your PSA submission your all! Don’t forget to encourage your friends to vote for your video on our Facebook page; the lucky winner(s) will receive an iPad Air!
Girl Scouts Speak Out will accept submissions from April 28, 12:00 a.m. ET, to August 31, 11:59 p.m. ET.