Entries in Girl Scouts (8)


Oregon Girl Scouts Hoaxed on 6,000-Box Cookie Order

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Two Oregon Girl Scout troops say they were hoaxed into believing they had made a huge corporate cookie sale for $24,000, or 6,000 boxes of cookies.

But the troops aren't letting the scam keep them down and already have a plan for triumphing over the trick.

The Girl Scouts were thrilled with the order that appeared to come from a woman who worked at a local company.  Two troops put aside boxes for the massive order.

The problem came when they called the company for the payment.

"I contacted the ... company and they said, 'We have no idea what's going on,'" scout mother Jennifer Reed said on ABC's Good Morning America Sunday.

The Girl Scouts realized they had been duped, but it was too late.  They had already put the order through and received the cookies.  They found themselves with 500 cases of cookies and no sales money for their summer camp and the homeless shelter they had committed to helping.

"They placed a fake order on us and they didn't know that it hurt our feelings a lot," Girl Scout Erin Donnelly, 8, said.

But they didn't let the trick keep them down for too long.  They held an emergency sale at the Portland Girl Scouts headquarters on Saturday and hundreds of supporters lined up to buy the cookies.

By the end of the day, they had sold about half of the cookies and recovered $12,000.  They also learned some valuable life lessons.

"For every one person that has bad intentions, there are hundreds more with good intentions and good hearts that are here to help you," said Sarah Miller, director of communication for Girls Scouts of Oregon and Washington.

The troops are planning a second sale on March 23.

Copyright 2013 ABC News Radio


Obama Meets Girl Scouts at the White House

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza(WASHINGTON) -- After spending most of the day slamming Congress for not acting on his proposals to boost the economy, President Obama took some time to meet with some exceptional Girl Scouts in the Oval Office.

The president met with eight recipients of the Girl Scouts’ highest achievement, the Gold Award, comparable to the Boy Scouts’ Eagle Scout designation.

“Our Girl Scout Gold Award recipients who met the president today are the embodiment of girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place,” Girl Scouts CEO Anna Maria Chávez said in a statement. “It’s critical we continue to inform our national leaders on the urgent needs of all girls across the country and stress that together, we can achieve balanced leadership within a generation.”

In addition to the meeting with the president, the Girl Scouts also met with senior staff at the White House to discuss their Gold Award projects.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


‘Let’s Plant!’ Michelle Obama Seeds 4th White House Garden

File photo by official White House photographer Chuck Kennedy(WASHINGTON) -- New faces and new potatoes marked the fourth annual spring planting in the White House kitchen garden Monday afternoon.

First lady Michelle Obama rolled up her sleeves and crouched down in the mud, working alongside three Girl Scouts from upstate New York to plant rows of potatoes, including five new varieties -- purple Peruvian fingerling, red thumb, russet, mountain rose and sangre, and a small plot of mustard greens. They also sprinkled seeds for dill and cilantro on a dirt patch next to the sprouting garlic.

Around them, more than two dozen other school children worked in teams with hand tools and watering cans to plant carrots, onions, broccoli, swiss chard, cauliflower, lettuce, spinach and kale.

“It’s fun to live here,” Obama said before the planting began. “It’s fun, especially on a day like this because you guys are going to help us plant the garden, right? Yay! It’s so exciting!”

“A lot of times when you grow your own vegetables and fruits, they taste really good. They taste better than a lot of stuff you’ll get in a grocery store -- trust me,” she said.  “My kids have done it.  They’re not big fans of all vegetables, but if they help to work on it they’re much more excited about trying it out.”

Before she arrived, the kids munched on apples and homemade granola bars on picnic tables near the White House beehives.

“It would take us forever to plant this garden if we didn’t have your help, so it’s really special to have you all here,” she said. “So are you ready to do some work? Let’s plant!”

It was the first time students from outside the Washington, D.C., area participated in the event. There were groups from Fairport, N.Y., Ames, Iowa, Chester, Pa., and Greensboro, N.C.  All the invitees had written letters to the first lady about gardening and healthy living in their communities, the White House said.

With the exception of New York, all of the students hail from general election battleground states where the White House has been eager to attract media attention. The first lady also did sitdown interviews with anchors from local TV stations invited to the White House for the planting event.

Politics, though, did not seem to be on the minds of the students involved.

“We learned when you put down seeds, you don’t just leave them there you put dirt on top of them to make them grow,” said Keenan, of Sumner Elementary in Greensboro, N.C.

Classmate Makayla said meeting the first lady was a highlight. “It was cool. She’s nice, she’s beautiful,” she said.

Obama began the garden initiative in 2009 to start a conversation about healthy living and the importance of fruits and vegetables, she said. It was the first vegetable garden planted at the White House since Eleanor Roosevelt’s Victory Garden.

“We plant these little seeds, and you know these kids are curious about what happens. So when they come back in June for the next harvest, they get to see what they’ve put in the ground has grown,” assistant White House chef Sam Kass, who orchestrated the planting, told ABC News. “They get to cut it and cook it and taste it. Today is that beginning. ”

Kass said White House chefs use the harvested fruits and vegetables for the first family’s meals, as well as for state dinners and other official functions.  About a third of the harvest is donated to a local soup kitchen.

“I’ll come down and pick some spinach tonight that’s left over from the winter planting for dinner,” he said.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Girl Scouts Turn 100 Years Old

Giuliana Nakashima/The Washington Post/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Girl Scouts officially turn 100 years old Monday.

On March 12, 1912, Juliette Gordon Low organized the first Girl Scout troop in Savannah, Ga.  Low founded the Girl Scouts after meeting Robert Baden Powell, the founder of the Boy Scouts.

The Girl Scout Mission statement declares, “Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.”

Today, there are more than three million girls and adult members involved in Girl Scouts in the U.S., and a total of some 10 million girls and adults in 145 countries.

The organization says more than 50 million American women participated in girl scouting when they were children.

Numerous ceremonies have already marked the centennial, with more events planned throughout the year.

The Girl Scouts have designated 2012 “The Year of the Girl.”

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Indiana Republican Rips Girl Scouts

Giuliana Nakashima/The Washington Post/Getty Images(INDIANAPOLIS) -- When most people think of the Girl Scouts -- especially at this time of the year -- they think of Thin Mints and Samoas, of campfires and green uniforms, but one Indiana Republican sees something vastly different: a “radicalized” group that backs abortion rights and in doing so is destroying U.S. families.

That is why Indiana state Rep. Bob Morris -- who represents Allen County, which includes the city of Fort Wayne -- is not only refusing to sign a resolution to honor the 100th anniversary of the Girl Scouts of the United States of America but actively trying to get his fellow lawmakers to oppose the measure, too.

In a letter to his Republican colleagues at the Indiana statehouse, first obtained by the Journal-Gazette of Fort Wayne, Morris called the group a “radicalized organization” that backs abortion and promotes the “homosexual lifestyle.” Of the 50 role models that Girl Scouts study, Morris argued that, “only three have a briefly mentioned religious background; all the rest are feminists, lesbians or communists.”

Even the White House wasn’t immune from Morris’ criticism. Morris wrote that First lady Michelle Obama’s role as an honorary president of the New York City-based group, “should give each of us reason to pause before our individual and collective endorsement of the organization.”

Morris, who said he had done, “a small amount of Web-based research” on the matter, claimed that, “the agenda of Planned Parenthood includes sexualizing young girls through the Girl Scouts, which is quickly becoming a tactical arm of Planned Parenthood.”

Morris has two daughters who are part of the group but, he said, he sought out a specific troop for them that is anti-abortion. The organization overall, he wrote in his letter, “has been subverted in the name of liberal progressive politics and the destruction of traditional American family values.”

The married father of six and Indiana University graduate is the owner and founder of a chain of retail stores called Healthkick Nutrition Centers.

The backlash from the organization has been swift. Girl Scouts of Northern Indiana-Michigan posted a statement on its website titled “What We Stand For.” “No funds are allocated from either [Girl Scouts of Northern-Indiana Michigan or Girl Scouts USA] to Planned Parenthood,” the group said in its statement, adding that, “issues related to human sexuality and reproductive health are best left to parents or guardians to discuss with their daughters.”

Planned Parenthood of Indiana also released a statement, with president and CEO Betty Cockrum saying, “It was disappointing to read Rep. Morris’ inflammatory, misleading, woefully inaccurate and harmful words about Planned Parenthood, the Girl Scouts of America and the president and first lady.”

“On the national level, inflammatory and generally inaccurate claims about a partnership between the Girl Scouts and Planned Parenthood have been promoted primarily by anti-choice lawmakers seeking to place pressure on organizations to disassociate or distance themselves from Planned Parenthood,” Cockrum said.

Even Republican House Speaker Brian Bosma ridiculed Morris’ stance, spending Tuesday dishing out Thin Mints to other lawmakers and joking that the letter made him buy 278 cases of cookies.

Morris said Tuesday that he is standing by his opposition and his daughters are now joining an alternative group run by conservative Christians.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Girl Scouts Revamp Badges for Modern Times

Giuliana Nakashima/The Washington Post/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Girl Scouts of the USA is making over its badges for modern times, adding a number of digital skills to its ever-expanding repertoire, as the organization gets ready to celebrate its 100th anniversary.

Scouts can soon earn badges in such areas as digital filmmaking, web design, netiquette, product design, customer loyalty and more.

The update is the first major change to the badges since 1987, and signals an effort by the Girl Scouts to help its troop of nearly 2.3 million girls acquire the skills to become 21st century leaders.

“Girls told us they want more challenge, and we’ve responded with substantive, focused, fun new badge offerings that will prepare girls for lifelong success,” Kathy Cloninger, chief executive officer of Girl Scouts of the USA said in a statement. The new badges encourage “the critical thinking, creativity and entrepreneurship that the next generation of leaders will need to make the world a better place.”

Other new badges speak to this theme of leadership, including insignia in financial literacy, business etiquette, public policy and local food awareness.

For those scouts who still want to decorate their vests and sashes with popular badges in traditional skills like cooking, first aid, and sportsmanship, not to worry -- most of those have made the cut. Others have been revamped. The "Fashion, Fitness and Makeup" badge has been renamed "Science of Style" and scouts can learn about the chemistry of sunscreens and nanotechnology in fabrics.

There are also new "Make Your Own" badges to give girls at every age the chance to explore their own interests.

Of course, the group didn’t forget its roots. There’s a Cookie Business badge, which should come in handy for their $700 million annual cookie business.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio


Girl Scouts' Prosthetic Hand Device to Get Patent

Design Pics / Leah Warkentin(WASHINGTON) -- If there was a way for trees to talk, then a big, old fir residing in Ames, Iowa, would tell a magnificent story about six Girl Scouts who meet in its branches and last year hatched a splendid idea.

Thursday, the team of six who call themselves "The Flying Monkeys" were in Washington, D.C., at the U.S. Patent Office to be recognized for their idea -- a prosthetic hand device that helped a three-year-old to write.

"It's a really big deal to be getting a patent," said 13-year-old Kate Murray, a.k.a. "Monkey 2." "Almost no one at our age has one and it's very special. It means our invention is really worth it."

"They came up with what turned out to be a heck of a project," said Kate's mother, Melissa Murray, and one of the team's coaches.

In 2010, the girls entered the worldwide FIRST LEGO League science and engineering challenge, which focused on robotics applied to medical issues. Having decided to work on hand and arm prosthetics, they met with prosthetics manufacturers and doctors.

After Melissa Murray met Dale Fairchild of Duluth, Ga., online and found out that Fairchild's daughter Danielle, 3, had been born without fingers on her right hand, the Flying Monkeys decided to dedicate their concept to assisting her.

The project took the girls at least 180 hours of work and research between the fall of 2010 and spring 2011.

Using Danielle's measurements, they were able to create what they call "the BOB-1," made from moldable plastic, a pencil grip and Velcro. The device cost them less than $10 to build.

Melissa Murray said the contest judges were stunned with the team's invention. "They didn't know what to do with them [the girls]," she said.

The girls won the $20,000 FIRST LEGO League Global Innovation Award from the X Prize Foundation in April, in addition to a provisional patent.

"I never thought I would have a patent," said 12-year-old Mackenzie Grewell, a.k.a. "Monkey 4." "When I first found out, I didn't even know what the word meant."

Melissa Murray said they used the money for patenting the BOB-1 and creating a slightly improved version called BOB-1.2. She said it could take up to three years to secure the final patent.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio


Girl Scouts Can't Sell Cookies Outside Founder's House

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(SAVANNAH, Ga.) -- Girl Scouts have been banned from selling their famous cookies outside the Savannah, Ga., home of Juliette Gordon Low, the woman who founded the organization almost a century ago. 

According to the Savannah Morning News, Brownies and Girl Scouts have been selling their cookies outside the home for years, but the tradition ended when a complaint was filed last year about selling products on public sidewalks.  Peddling on a sidewalk in Savannah is a violation of a city ordinance.

Fran Harold, executive director of the Low house, which is a National Historic Landmark, says it’s a sad situation because tourists visiting the home loved buying cookies from the girls.  City Alderman Van Johnson says Savannah should look into issuing a variance that would allow temporary sales during the Girl Scout cookie season.

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