Wednesday, October 17, 2012

New Cookie Boxes

From GSUSA News Blog

For the first time in thirteen years, the Girl Scouts of the USA has changed it's iconic cookie box! The boxes sport not only a new look, but a new purpose: to showcase the five lifelong financial literacy and entrepreneurial skills that the Girl Scout Cookie Program teaches. To celebrate the launch of the new cookie packaging, Girl Scouts of the USA teamed up with Advertising Week to host "Thinking Outside the Cookie Box: Keeping Youthful Innovation Throughout Your Career," a panel hosted by financial journalist, Jean Chatzky. Panelists included: Kate Zillio, Director of Client Sales at Anthem; Stefanie Manning, Associate Publisher at Hearst Magazines; Tessa Tinney, Partner/Creative Director at Monaco Lange; Lisa Belkin, Senior Columnist at Huffington Post and Amy Wilkins, Senior Vice President of Publishing at Martha Stewart Weddings.

Hosted at the very cool looking B.B. King Restaurant, the panel spent forty minutes musing on their time in Girl Scouting and its impact on their adult lives. Writer Lisa Belkin recalled that during her time as a Girl Scout "there were writing badges and I distinctly remember getting them" but felt she got more out of her time than badges for things she was already good at. She followed up with a story of joining a Girl Scouts bake-off...despite not knowing how to bake. With a laugh she explained that the experience taught her that:

    "...there are things that I haven't seen yet. There are paths that I never knew I could do! The idea that there are so many directions to go in. I do believe it started with that first Girl Scout cheesecake."

Similarly, Jean Chatzky chatted about her mother's insistence that she join Girl Scouts, since she believed that it taught girls "how to get where they want to go." Since goal setting is one of the five key skills girls learn from the Cookie Program, it's safe to say that mom was right on that one!

As the panel wrapped up, Belkin contemplated why the Cookie Program made girls so self-assured and ambitious. "Maybe [because] it was designed in an era where you assumed that kids were self-sufficient." While that's not entirely the answer GSUSA is proud to be a part of a tradition that celebrates every girls' inner business owner.

See all the new designs on our Pinterst Board!

Sasquatch Hair Care Tips

Burlington County Times
By Peg Quann Staff writer
Posted on October 10, 2012

BURLINGTON TOWNSHIP — When a group of Girl Scouts made a video spoof about the need to have “perfect hair” for a troop project, the girls had no idea how many people could relate.

One day after the video, “Sasquatch Hair Care Tips,” was posted on YouTube on Oct. 4, it was being viewed in Mumbai, India. As of Tuesday, 1,650 people worldwide had seen the three-minute video. And the number keeps growing. Sasquatch is another name for Big Foot, the mystical hairy ape that supposedly inhabits the Pacific Northwest.

Most of the members of Cadette Troop 22052 weren’t “gadget girls” at the start of their project, called a “media journey,” troop leader Karen LaSasso said. Now they have a much better appreciation of their own abilities and the power of the media.

“This journey was fun,” LaSasso said.

In the process, the girls strengthened their leadership, decision-making and speaking skills, she pointed out.
“The journey challenged them to determine what type of girls they were,” LaSasso said.

The troop started the project in September with LaSasso enlisting the help of Julie Vasquez, a freelance writer who reports on fashion issues for radio stations and whose daughter Emily is a troop member.
The girls discussed ideas that they could present, and one of them was how “you’re always supposed to be perfect. A girl can’t be a girl,” Vasquez said.

So they put together their video, showing girls how to care for their hair, but in a way that points out that bald is beautiful, too. The video was filmed in the Walnut Street Park woods, where they met “Sasquatch,” portrayed by LaSasso’s daughter Gabriella.

Dressed in long tresses, she showed the other girls how to care for their own hair at the TBS Salon & Spa on High Street in Burlington City, where the rest of the video was filmed. Shop owner Michele Iwanicki helped the girls point out good, common-sense hair-care information during their skit.

Emily Vasquez did most of the editing of the clip. Her parents gave her a laptop computer and a video-editing program called Movie Maker for her birthday in May, and she practiced during the summer. She used that program and a professional movie making program her grandfather gave her to edit “Sasquatch.”
Emily said this was the first video she edited that appeared on YouTube. The next day, a website called featured the video and the number of views jumped.

While she liked being in the film, “I think the editing was more fun,” Emily said.
“She did an amazing job,” her mom said.

Other members of the troop include Ahimsa Aradhya, Sierra Hancock, Suzie Hancock, Abby Hillman, Nicolette Meade, Sabrina Pallen and Abby Pasake, all of Burlington Township.

“I learned as much from them as they learned from me,” Karen LaSasso said. “Girl Scouts definitely provides opportunities to build confidence and character, and definitely boosted the self-esteem of the cadettes in Troop 22052.”

Cranbury Troop 71904 Goes to Space Camp!

Cranbury Troop 71904 Goes to Space Camp!
By: Julia Thomson, 6th Grade

At the end of June 2012, my Girl Scout Troop took a plane down to Huntsville, Alabama for the adventure of a lifetime! For the past three years, our troop has been saving up money by selling thousands of cookie boxes and holding other fundraisers, for just this one special week... We were going to Space Camp! 

This Camp is known globally and has been featured in movies such as "Space Camp" and "A Smile as Big as the Moon." Space Camp was the idea of the late Dr. Wernher von Braun, former director of NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center and the chief architect of the Saturn V Rocket – the super booster that propelled Americans to the moon. This summer, the camp celebrated its 30-Year Anniversary and has had almost 600,000 trainees graduate, with four of them becoming astronauts for NASA. 

At Space Camp, we were known as Team Boyd. Our team consisted of our troop's ten girls, plus two campers whom we never met: a boy from Taiwan and a boy from Washington. At the camp, we learned countless things about space history, rockets, astronauts and so much more! 

The camp also taught us survival skills and military-based ideas. We had chosen to be a "hybrid" group, and as a result we experienced both Space Camp and the Aviation Challenge. That week we had the chance to meet Dr. Don Thomas, an astronaut who participated in four Columbia and Discovery missions. He reminded us "to do your very best in every aspect of your life because you never know what skill you'll acquire that will help you reach future goals." 

We were lucky enough to try out simulators that simulated weightlessness, a helicopter crash and rescue, the flying of fighter jets, and frictionless environments. The favorite simulator among the group was the Multi-Axis Trainer (MAT) otherwise known as the Three-Ring Chair. This chair simulates what a tumble spin would feel like when returning to earth's atmosphere. 

Then, there was our mission. This was supposed to show us how an actual rocket launch and return would work. Everyone was assigned a job such as flight director, commander, pilot, mission specialist, mission scientist, INCO, CATO, and many other jobs. Everyone managed to arrive at their destination, whether it was mission control, the orbiter, or the space station in addition to completing the scripted mission. 

Lastly, we graduated at the US Space and Rocket Center right under the breathtaking display of the actual Saturn V test rocket – the building was specially designed for this rocket's display. During graduation, our team received the Outstanding Team Award! We believe we were awarded this honor because we worked well together and listened to our peers as well as our leaders. One other award received at graduation was a "King of the Hill" award. King of the Hill was a competition where all the peer teams competed in air-to-air combat in the fighter jet simulators. The award was presented to our very own Sarah Pagano for being the last pilot flying! 

As a result of this experience, we have grown as a team and a troop. We learned so much about each other, we communicated well, and we felt confident that someone would always have our back. We have also grown as individuals and learned so much more about ourselves. We all agree that before Space Camp, we didn't realize we could go for a long time without family. We can do anything if we put our minds to it! We now can move forward in life knowing that even when the going gets tough we can work through it and come out on top!