The Cabin Fever: Pathway Showcase was held on February 9, 2013 and was a new way to recruit girls for Community 210 in Elkhart County. It would not have been possible without the support of the council and the volunteers of Community 210. Concord Mall in Elkhart was host of the event. Everyone that attended the event had a fun time learning and experiencing the opportunities that Girl Scouts has to offer.
It was promoted primarily through full color flyers sent home with every girl in the county in grades kindergarten through the sixth grade. The flyer was designed by a student at the Elkhart Area Career Center’s Advertising Design program, and printed by the Print Shop in Elkhart, IN. Flyers were distributed to all elementary and intermediate schools by volunteers and Pathway Specialist – Recruiter Kathy Sullivan. Additional promotion was done by submitting the event to the community calendar to the major Radio and Television station’s websites, along with media releases sent to the Newspapers and Television News channels covering Elkhart County.
One of the highlights from the day included a visit from U.S. Congresswoman Jackie Walorski, R 2nd District. WNDU-TV from South Bend stopped by to interview the Congresswoman, and shared the event in a news story that aired that evening.
Another major highlight from the day was the Camp Pathway display, featuring the Portable Climbing Wall. The wall was transported, set up, and facilitated by GSNI-M Property staff members Tom Honke and Don Evans.
Cabin Fever by the numbers
2 – Community collaborators present (Woodlawn Nature Center & American Red Cross)
4 – Adults participating in the adult Girl Scout Cookie Eating Contest
(ARC Exec. Dir. Frank Connolly, Chad Damp from WSBT, Chuck Damp from Indiana Patriot Guard Riders, Melissa Greene GS Volunteer)
6 – Girl Scouts participating in the Cookie Eating Contest
83 – Number of climbers on the portable climbing wall
82 – Interest indicator forms received from the Journey Map Scavenger Hunt
20 – New girl registrations
1 – New adult volunteer registration
348 – Boxes of cookies sold by Troop 10827 as part of product program booth/cookie booth
$124.55 – Collect to go to Cookie Share at Cookie Booth
11 – Volunteers who helped with different pathway booths
20 – Girl Scouts who helped share their experiences in Girl Scouts
6 – GSNI-M Council staff members who assisted with booths (Registration, Series, My Promise My Faith, Scoutfitters Shop)
Members of Troop #10827, Monger Elementary, Elkhart, IN.
Kneeling: Arabella Ludwick
2nd Row: Miranda Menges(Ds.), US Congresswoman Jackie Walorski (Seated), Ava Taylor (Ds)
3rd Row: Anastasia deFerbrache (Jr.), Jillian deFerbrache (Br.)
4th Row: Kaylin Stutsman (Cd.), Karrie Taylor (Sr.)
Manger of Membership, Gloria Mayberry and Rep. Jackie Walorski
Anastasia deFerbrache a Junior with Troop # 10827 and Melissa Greene 02 with Troop #10827 climb the wall as Property Project Manager Tom Honke looks on and facilitates the wall.
Executive Director of Woodlawn Nature Center, Fred deFerbrache looks into a microscope that was part of the Woodlawn Nature Center’s Display.
Elkhart County Red Cross display, with a volunteer and Disaster Volunteer Coordinators (AmeriCorps) Samantha Crooks and Kaitrin Higbee.
Pathway Specialist – Recruiter, Kathy Sullivan at the Series Pathway booth.