As we previously announced, the Dunbar Service Center at Camp Wildwood will become the Dunbar Gathering Center at Camp Wildwood. The Board has approved $50,000 worth of improvements to the center, including a new upstairs program room, and new windows for the facility. Also, the Studio of Dreams will be renovated to be a bunk house accommodating 10 girls and 4 adults. We are extremely excited about these renovations and improvements and believe this configuration will better serve the members in this community, with a greater focus on the programming needs of the girls and volunteers. Troops can schedule the use of the facility for their meetings, activities, and events.
Also, don’t miss the Camp Wildwood birthday celebration kicking off the renovation completion, on Saturday, July 25, when Camp Wildwood turns 55! More details to come!
Girl Scouts of Northern Indiana-Michiana is making its summer push for girls and adult volunteers to join Girl Scouts, the country’s preeminent leadership development organization for girls. With families already thinking about how to allocate their free time during the coming school year, Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) has released new data showing the organization’s benefits for both girls and volunteers.
Results of a summer 2014 pulse poll conducted with over 3,500 volunteers and parents of Girl Scouts in the K−5 age range show positive effects on members of all ages. Ninety-seven percent of parents agree that Girl Scouts has been a positive activity for their daughter, that she has had fun and exciting new experiences (95 percent), and that she has learned or tried something new (96 percent). In addition, 94 percent of parents say that because of Girl Scouts their daughter feels special, has more friends (95 percent), and is happier (89 percent).
The data shows it is not just girls who benefit: 94 percent of volunteers have made new friends, 88 percent believe their life is better because they volunteer with Girl Scouts, and two-thirds believe their volunteer experience has helped them professionally. Ninety-five percent of Girl Scout volunteers are happy knowing they are making girls’ lives better.
“Girl Scouts has provided a safe, fun, and engaging place for girls and adult volunteers to lead and thrive for over 100 years,” said Anna Maria Chávez, CEO of Girl Scouts of the USA. “We know the majority of volunteers feel their Girl Scout experience has helped them both personally and professionally, but in many places throughout the country, the lack of volunteers is what keeps girls on waiting lists. Every adult who volunteers for Girl Scouts can help us bring fun, new experiences to at least five girls. Imagine what that can do to shape the next generation of female leaders.”
Girl Scouts gives girls a place to explore topics of interest in a judgment-free space outside of classroom confinements; it cultivates cooperative and self-directed learning, as well as the growth mindset (the understanding that intelligence and talent can be developed)—all of which help foster a lifetime passion for learning. The variety of experiences and the value for the money the Girl Scout program provides are also popular selling points. Eighty-nine percent of parents say their daughter gets a greater variety of experiences from Girl Scouts than she does from other extracurricular activities, and the majority of parents feel Girl Scouts is a great value for the money compared to other extracurricular activities. Overall, parents consider Girl Scouts one of the most beneficial extracurricular activities for their daughter.
“We’re doing lots of great things here locally. From constructing new and renovating old recreational spaces, to creating several unique and exciting programs that girls of all age can experience! However, I cannot stress enough that Girl Scouts exists for girls, but it exists because of volunteers, and we need lots of them”, expresses Sharon Pohly, CEO of Girl Scouts of Northern Indiana-Michiana.
Girl Scouts is open to all girls from kindergarten through grade 12. The more adults step forward to volunteer, the more girls will get the chance to be a Girl Scout. Adults over age 18 may become volunteers; both girls and adults volunteers can join at any time of the year. Girl Scout volunteers come from all walks of life; they are men, women, young professionals, retirees, college students, and more. To join or volunteer, please visit: www.gsnim.org.
Girl Scouts of Northern Indiana – Michiana in collaboration with Fort Wayne Community Schools (FWCS) and NISTEM/IPFW will host a STEM conference, Saturday, May 30th from 9am – 4pm in the Walb Student Union on the campus of Indiana University Purdue University Fort Wayne, located at 2101 E Coliseum Blvd., Fort Wayne, IN.
“We are delighted once again to partner with FWCS and Dr. Jeff Nowak of NISTEM/IPFW at hosting this STEM conference. Girls will gain confidence in their Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math skills by doing hands-on, fun activities in a supportive, all-girl environment,” says Sharon Pohly, CEO of Girl Scouts of Northern Indiana – Michiana. “We hope to increase their capacity for both critical thinking and resourceful problem solving; two key Girl Scout Leadership Experience outcomes related to STEM.”
Girls grades 6 – 12, can enjoy “career exploration” sessions from 9am – 12pm, and girls grades K – 5 will enjoy “hands-on” activities from 1pm – 4pm. Learn more here.
Girl Scouts of Northern Indiana – Michiana (GSNI-M) and the Mishawaka-Penn-Harris Public Library have received a grant in the amount of $18,000 to digitize materials from the GSNI-M collection. These materials, dating back to 1920’s, provide a written and pictorial history reflecting the importance of Girl Scouts in the lives of girls and women in northern Indiana.View Artifacts Here
This project is made possible by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services, administered by the Indiana State Library. The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. Its mission is to grow and sustain a “Nation of Learners” because life-long learning is essential to a democratic society and individual success. Through its grant making, convening’s, research and publications, the Institute empowers museums and libraries nationwide to provide leadership and services to enhance learning in families and communities, sustain cultural heritage, build twenty-first-century skills, and increase civic participation.
“The To Get Her There Collection isn’t just a resource for Girl Scouts, rather it shows the history of women and girls in our communities over the last hundred years – through two world wars, the Civil Rights Movement, the space race, and the birth of the internet, says Shannon Johnson, Girl Scout volunteer. These pictures and documents show how we’ve changed, and how we’ve stayed the same, over the course of our collection history. It is an invaluable look at the everyday lives of women and girls in Northern Indiana and Michiana that we are preserving and digitizing for everyone to learn from and share. These items will be available via the Indiana Memory project and the Digital Public Library and pay testament to the creative and spirited women that have helped shape our state.”
Join GSNI-M this summer and fall as we participate in 4 major parades throughout our council to make our Girl Scout presence known in our communities!
All GSNI-M Girl Scouts and volunteers are invited to participate in the:
LaPorte Jaycees 4th of July Parade, LaPorte – July 4
Three Rivers Festival Parade, Fort Wayne – July 10
Elkhart County 4-H Fair, Goshen – July 26
Blueberry Festival, Marshall County– September 7
Please check back for parade line-up times and locations.
Bring your Girl Scout signs, wear your Girl Scout uniforms and walk along the parade routes in support of Girl Scouts and GSNI-M. Bring a troop, walk as a group of volunteers, or get a group of GS parents together! A limited supply of t-shirts and Girl Scout gear will be provided for participants, and our GSNI-M brand vehicle and float will be present at each parade and we need YOU to help us spread the word about Girl Scouts around our council.
Participation is easy…check out the parade list and send an email to email@example.com letting us know that you’ll be there along with contact info, and simply make sure you’re there in time for parade line-up!
Please note: If your volunteer group, girls or troop have already signed up for any of these parades, that’s OK! If not, we’ve got it covered! GSNI-M has asked each festival/parade organizer to group all of GSNI-M Girl Scouts together.