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Press Room Archive - 2014


Girl Scouts plan new $6.5M facility

December 30, 2014, Melissa Nann Burke, The News Journal – After 25 years in Newark, the regional Girl Scouts council is breaking ground next week on a $6.5 million headquarters near Christiana.


The Girl Scouts of the Chesapeake Bay closed this month on a wooded, 7-acre property at 225 Old Baltimore Pike near Del. 273, about 7 miles from its long-time home on the University of Delaware's campus. "It's a really beautiful site, and it's a great location for our members because it's close to I-95 and Route 1," said Jennifer Acord, marketing manager for the council. The council, which serves 11,600 Girl Scouts on the Delmarva Peninsula, has made its home at 531 S. College Ave. in Newark since 1990, Acord said.


UD administrators aren't renewing the Scouts' ground lease, so the council must move out by December 2015. The university will purchase the 25-year-old building from the Girl Scouts, although its plans for the site are unclear. -Read more-



GSCB On The Radio

October 30, 2014, WJBR – GSCB CEO Anne T. Hogan and Girl Scout Ambassador teen board member Amanda Johnson are featured on 99.5 WJBR Focus on Delaware show with Charlie Maxx. They talked about the importance of volunteers, the State of the Girl report for Delaware, STEM and what Girl Scouts is like today from the perspective of a teen. Amanda, one of two teens on the GSCB Board of Directors is a very busy Girl Scout who also is captain of her school's robotics and cyber patriot teams, has a part-time job and is preparing for college! Learn more about becoming a Teen Board Member.



Good Things Girl Scouts

September 8, 2014, WMDT – One of GSCB's Membership Specialists, Bianca Mojica, sat with WMDT to share some of the great things Girl Scouting has to offer both girls and adults. (Video)



Camp Grove Point In the News

March, 2014, The News Journal – Did you know Camp Grove Point is home to an endangered species? Girl Scouts has recently worked with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Eastern Shore Land Conservancy and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources to help protect the Puritan tiger beetle. More than 170 acres on Girl Scouts of the Chesapeake Bay’s Camp Grove Point in Earleville, MD, have been protected with a perpetual conservation easement that puts the recovery of the federally threatened Puritan tiger beetle (Cicindela puritana) within reach. The property’s 2,200 feet of eroding cliffs at the mouth of the Sassafras River provide the unique habitat needed by the beetle, a creature smaller than the tip of a fingernail yet a fierce predator in the insect world.​ (Video | Photo)



Girl Scouts target math, science gender gap

May 10, 2014, The News Journal – Most people who have worked in an office know the frustration of a paper jam. But when your 3-D printer breaks down, things get even more complicated. Ask Christiana High School junior Cheyanne Stevens, who spent about an hour gingerly taking apart and piecing back together one of the complex machines, which layer material in precise patterns to create almost any object imaginable. Creating ornate chess pieces with such a machine requires careful precision – taking one apart requires an experimental mindset and more than a little bravery. "I'm pretty nervous, because this is a really expensive machine and I don't want to break it," Stevens said. "But the whole thing is really cool." The printer is one of many pieces of equipment installed recently that have turned the Camp Country Center in Hockessin, run by the Girl Scouts of the Chesapeake Bay, into a high-tech science and engineering education wonderland. (Read more | photo)



Girl Scout’s initiative to name state shell signed into law by Delaware Governor Jack Markell

May 6, 2014 – Girl Scout Allyson Willis (image) noticed that Delaware did not have a state shell while learning about official state birds, flowers and mottos–and made history by approaching government officials to introduce an official shell in the Delaware General Assembly. Allyson under took the initiative as a Girl Scout Bronze Award project, resulting in a bill sponsored by State Representative Quinn Johnson and State Senator Bethany Hall-Long, and signed by Governor Jack Markell. The bill signing was covered by media, including WBOC, WHYY, The Middletown Transcript and the Associated Press. (Read more, WBOC | Read more, Middletown Transcript)

It's Cookie Time! - Girl Scouts Begin Annual Sale

February, 2014, Newark Post – Eight-year-old Molly Donovan has a sure-fire way to convince people to buy Girl Scout Cookies, especially at this time of year. “The thing is, when it’s near Valentine’s Day, you say they make a great Valentine’s Day present,” Molly explained matter-of-factly. That sales pitch stays effective even after Feb. 14. “A late Valentine’s Day present never hurts,” Molly said. Molly and three fellow members of Girl Scout Troop 775 spent Valentine’s Day manning their cookie booth in front of The Galleria on Main Street. Friday was the start of cookie booth sales across the region. Sales will continue for approximately six weeks. -Read more-



Mid-Shore Woman of Distinction luncheon to honor Sharon Dobson

February, 2014, MyEasternShoreMD.com — The Girl Scouts of the Chesapeake Bay has selected I. Sharon Dobson as this year’s
Mid-Shore Woman of Distinction. A luncheon honoring Dobson will be held on Friday, April 4, at The Tidewater Inn in Easton from noon to 1:30 p.m. Luncheon seats are available for $50 per person and sponsorship opportunities are still available. To reserve a seat at the luncheon or find out more about sponsorship opportunities, contact 410-742-5107 no later than March 14, 2014. This year’s event Honorary Chairman is Kathy Deoudes and the Co-Chairmen are Maureen Scott-Taylor and Patti Willis.

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Teaching girls to change the world - with molecules

March, 2014, The News Journal -image- Cait McRae epitomizes what area Girl Scout councils and the DuPont Company hoped a Saturday science event would help instill in young women – a vision of becoming an engineer or scientist.McRae, 23, is a DuPont engineer. Before she embarked on her career at the global science company based in Wilmington, the young woman from Pottstown, Pa., was a Girl Scout – an impressionable one. Twelve years ago, McRae participated in an Engineering Your Tomorrow, event hosted by DuPont and the Girl Scouts of Chesapeake Bay. The full-day program introduces 6th, 7th, and 8th grade girls to careers in engineering and science. For McRae, it brought an ‘ah ha’ moment. “I got to smash a penny after freezing it with liquid nitrogen, and I still have pieces of the penny on my desk,” McRae said.

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Magnolia Girl Scout serves as MC for statewide Women of Distinction ceremony

March, 2014, Dover Post – The job of mistress of ceremonies for the annual Women of Distinction ceremony hosted by the Girl Scouts of the Chesapeake Bay is typically held by a high school student, but this year Middle School 8th grader Eryne Jenkins won the honor. “When I found out I was going to be MC I felt really overjoyed because when I was auditioning one lady said I had poise when I was on stage and that I had personality on stage,” Eryne said. “You never really know those things until someone tells you.” -Read more-

Girl Scouts CEO is set on growing leaders

March, 2014, The News JournalGirl Scouts of the Chesapeake Bay, is helping to shape future leaders in the community. (image)

Hogan, who has been involved with the Girl Scouts for more than 40 years, was named CEO in 2008, joining the nonprofit after a career at MBNA. We caught up with Hogan recently to talk about how the organization is working to develop girls into leaders, and its new national push called Ban Bossy, banbossy.com, The questions and answers have been edited for clarity and space.

Q: When people think of the Girl Scouts, they might think of cookie sales and summer camps, but the program is much more.
Tell us about it.

A: Encouraging girls to consider STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) careers is a major initiative of Girl Scouts of the Chesapeake Bay. We have a STEM specialist with more than 30 years of experience in science who is responsible for creating programming and coordinating with our corporate and academic partners. One current initiative is the Imagine Your STEM Future program for high school girls presented at Christiana High School. Many STEM programs are hosted at Camp Country Center in Hockessin, where we have opened the Lynn Williams Science and Technology Lodge. Last fall, we opened a Digital Media Center as part of a STEM*Maker Center at the camp. This summer, we will have three weeks of summer camp at Camp Country Center with a STEM focus, including biotechnology and culinary science.

Earlier this month, DuPont hosted the 25th Engineering Your Tomorrow event, featuring many women scientists offering hands-on projects for more than 100 Girl Scouts. Another example was at the 15th Annual Women of Distinction event on March 11, where we honored Terri Kelly, the CEO of Gore, who herself was a Girl Scout. A discussion for 60 Girl Scouts included scientists from DuPont, W.L. Gore, AstraZeneca, Wilmington University, University of Delaware, Delaware State University and a doctor from Nemours. The scientists shared their stepping stones to their careers – girls heard from real-live women scientists and how they achieved their goals in science. The girls were engaged and asked many questions.

Q: The Girl Scouts of the USA partnered recently with the COO of Facebook, Sheryl Sandberg, on a new initiative called Ban Bossy.
What do you see as valuable in this program?

A: Here’s the problem: in a Girl Scouts study of 8- to 17-year-olds, a third of young women who did not want to be leaders attributed their lack of motivation to a fear of being called “bossy” or disliked by their peers. Girls were twice as likely to cite “bossy” as a barrier. Sixth-grade girls are 33 percent less likely than boys to want to take the lead in group projects. Starting in middle school, more boys than girls aspire to leadership roles in future careers. We need to reach girls early, before middle school. Ban Bossy’s mission is to encourage girls to lead everywhere: at home, in their communities and in the workplace. Whether a girl seeks to be the CEO of the world’s largest company or the CEO of her family at home, we intend to empower her to follow her dreams. The Ban Bossy program is twofold. It is a public awareness campaign, but it is also a specific program to teach girls how to speak up and be leaders.

Q: When you are out working with girls in the region, what kinds of stories inspire you? What do you see for the next generation of future leaders?

It’s gratifying to see individual girls grow and take on leadership roles. One terrific example is this year’s Women of Distinction Mistress of Ceremonies Eryne Jenkins. Many of the girls who audition for this role are in high school, but Eryne is an eighth-grader at Postlethwait Middle School in Camden. She spoke in front of 300 in the Gold Ballroom. She has grown so much as a leader during her time in Girl Scouts. Many of our girls have gone on to major in engineering or other science fields, and they credit Girl Scout programs for getting them interested. These girls serve as role models to our younger Girl Scouts. There’s the shy little girl who sees the success of older Girl Scouts and says, “I can do that, too.” A troop of Girl Scout Brownies recently had a cookie booth at Cokesbury Village. So many of today’s leaders are Girl Scout alumnae. This trend will continue – the girls of today have opportunities that we can only imagine. I fully expect that the first woman President of the United States will be a Girl Scout alum.

Q: What kinds of things can the business community do to help the Girl Scouts?

A: The top of our wish list is volunteers. We always need troop leaders and currently have girls on the waiting list who need to be placed in a troop. We also need short-term volunteers – to come out to help with a series or individual program. One of our most popular programs for teen girls is the Dine Around program, where girls meet women in a particular business or organization. Additionally, our Advancement Committee is trying to connect with many local businesses. We also will be beginning a capital campaign for our new Northern Resource Center, and we will ask the business community as well as individuals to get involved.


Girl Scouts of the Chesapeake Bay Will Celebrate National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend February 7, 8 and 9

January, 2014, The News Journal – For the first time, Girl Scout Cookies will be available on carts at Christiana Mall, Dover Mall and the Centre at Salisbury beginning February 7 through March 9. The carts will be open during mall hours. Additionally, Girl Scout Cookies will be available at several Walmarts on the Delmarva Peninsula during National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend. Trucks will begin delivering cases of cookies to Girl Scout troops on Saturday, February 7. The deliveries will run through Thursday, February 13. Girl Scouts will deliver pre-ordered cookies to their customers and prepare for regular cookie booths beginning February 14. For ease of purchase, customers can find their Thin Mints, Samoas, and other favorite Girl Scout Cookies by using the official Girl Scout Cookie Finder app, available free for iPhone or Android. All GSCB Cookie booths can be located through the Cookie Finder.


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