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August 6, 2008

More than 600 Girl Scout Volunteers Gather to Kick-Off a New Year

It has been almost one year since the Girl Scouts of Connecticut completed the merger of all five Girl Scout councils in Connecticut into one unified organization. On August 12th at the Aqua Turf in Southington, Girl Scouts and staff will showcase innovative statewide programs and introduce the Girl Scout Leadership Journeys Program. Sandra Bugg from Girl Scouts of the United States of America will speak about the new program at the Kick-Off.

It's Your World-Change It!, the first journey, will enable volunteers attending kick-off to get an inside glimpse at what exciting journeys await Girl Scouts in Connecticut as well as across the country. This year, Girl Scouts of Connecticut will provide a leadership journey for each grade level. Subsequent journeys will include science and technology, healthy living, and the outdoors.

During the past year, the newly formed Girl Scouts of Connecticut has taken its own journey and will honor two girls who helped along the way. Cadette Girl Scout Elisabeth Smith of Stamford will be honored for designing the first Girl Scouts of Connecticut patch which features the famous Old Saybrook Lighthouse. The lighthouse steadfastly keeps travelers safe and helps guide them to their destination, much the way Girl Scouts of Connecticut and its trained volunteers help girls develop the skills to manage the challenges of life by bolstering their courage, confidence and character.

Girl Scouts of Connecticut will also recognize Glastonbury Gold Awardee Kathleen Campbell who was presented with the Aurora Young Philanthropist of the Year Award, through the Aurora Women & Girls Foundation of Hartford. Kathleen was acting globally while thinking locally when she chose to team up with the Jubilee House in Hartford and created Welcome Boxes for refugees in the Hartford area. With the help of local troops and the Jubilee House, she collected clothing and food. Due to the success of her project, Kathleen was able to touch the lives of several different families throughout the Somalian community in Hartford.

Girl Scouts offers girls ages 5-17 educational, recreational, and personal growth programs and activities. Dedicated volunteers and professional staff prepare them for the challenges of today and the future, instilling positive values, building leadership skills, and developing self-esteem. For more information on joining Girl Scouts of Connecticut, log onto http://www.gsofct.org/  or call 1(800) 922-2770.


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