Friday, May 31, 2013

Our 2013 Gold Award Recipient Virginia in the News!

GSH extends a huge congratulations to Virginia for her recognition in yesterday's West Oahu Islander! A couple months ago, she and 14 other Girl Scouts joined an elite group of youth who earn their Gold Award. Yesterday, Virginia was featured in the West Oahu Islander for her project, "Tsunami Safety for Seniors," which provided information on disaster preparedness for elderly residents in her neighborhood. In the article, Virginia highlights how completing her Gold Award project helped to instill a new sense of confidence in her abilities to communicate with others and handle difficult situations--spoken like a true Girl Scout!

Friday, May 24, 2013

GSH Pinterest

Looking for new creative ideas to get your troop excited about Girl Scouts? Wondering what other adventures Girl Scouts across the nation are doing? Check out GSH's Pinterest page! We have pin boards for every age level from Daisies to Ambassadors that include different activity ideas, snack tips and illustrations that you can use in your troop meetings. We also have a special pin board just for STEM-related activities where you can find great ideas and posters that will get your girls excited about STEM! If you have a Pinterest page where you have been updating similar content, let us know! We would love to "re-pin" your ideas onto our page so we can share your ideas with the GSH ohana. Simply follow our page and we'll do our best to check out what you've been sharing. Let's get to pinning!

Monday, May 20, 2013

Announcing our 2013 Annual Campaign, Innovate!

The 2013 Annual Campaign patch highlights Girl Scouts’ focus on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). Girl Scouts is answering the nation’s call to engage more youth in STEM because STEM workers drive our nation’s innovation and competitiveness by generating new ideas, new companies and new industries. Yet today women hold about 25% of STEM positions even though the majority of college graduates are women and nearly half make up the country’s work force.

How will your donation help in this effort?
  • It will create more opportunities for girls to engage in STEM activities. Research shows most girls want to change the world (88%) and help people (90%) but do not see how STEM helps them achieve their aspirations. As a result they do not pursue STEM careers. Research also tells us girls’ interest in STEM increases with greater exposure to STEM fields.
  • It will help girls achieve academic success. Research shows that girls who gain experience in problem solving and seeking challenges in Girl Scouting are more successful in school. We also know that girls interested in STEM fields are higher achievers and better students.

How will your donation be used?

  • While volunteers understand the importance of working with girls to encourage their interest in  STEM, understandably many often feel daunted by the challenge. Donations will help bring resources to volunteers. This includes, but is not limited to designing trainings that better support the use of “It’s Your Planet, Love It!” journeys, creating STEM experiences at camps, and forging partnerships with mentors and organizations that can assist with STEM-focused program activities
  • One of Girl Scout’s greatest legacies is being a sister to every Girl Scout. Donations will also help support girls who might not participate in Girl Scouting because their family income is near or below the federal poverty level. Offering financial assistance to girls makes Girl Scouting a reality in their lives.

Please be part of changing the world for girls by donating to the 2013 innovate! Annual Campaign.

Friday, May 17, 2013

GSH Shop-End of the Year Sale

Don't forget to stop by the Shop to check out the End of the Year Sale! During the month of May, take advantage of our 20% off discount and stock up on all your supplies for next year. The Shop will be open for extended hours during the month of May.

Shop hours for May are: Monday-Friday, 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. and Saturday, 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Our Shop is located on the lobby level of the Ala Moana Hotel (Kona Tower) across from Lamont's Gifts & Sundry Shop.

Visit our Shop website.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Congratulations to Hayley K., Miss Hawai`i Oustanding Teen 2013!

Congratulations to Hawai`i Girl Scout Hayley K. for winning the title of Miss Hawai`i Outstanding Teen 2013! We are certainly very proud of Hayley and excited to hear that her experience as a Girl Scout helped her achieve this accomplishment. She will continue on to represent Hawai`i in the Miss America Outstanding Teen Pageant in Orlando, Florida, from August 9 to 18, 2013.

Miss Hawai`i Outstanding Teen  is the sister program to the Miss Hawai`i Scholarship Pageant, which falls under the Miss America system--the largest scholarship donor to women aged 17 to 24 in the world. In Hawai`i alone, the Miss Hawai`i Organization makes over one million dollars in scholarship funds available each year.

Young women between the ages of 13 and 17 years are eligible to participate in the Miss Hawai`i Outstanding Teen pageant. For two months girls must go through weekly training sessions where they learn interviewing skills, stage presence, posture, talent and presentation skills. Like the Girl Scouts, the Miss Hawai`i Outstanding Teen program is aimed at developing the "whole person" by giving young women a forum to express their personal viewpoints, talents and accomplishments. A private interview, talent and scholastic achievement are just a few of the categories evaluated during the competition.

For Hayley's on-stage question, she was asked to explain the most important thing that the Girl Scouts has done for her. She responded by saying that the Girl Scouts has helped to shape her into the confident, independent young woman she is today:

My plan, if I should win, is to demonstrate that Girl Scouts boosts confidence, builds leadership and gives direction. Young girls will see that Miss Hawai`i’s Outstanding Teen is a Girl Scout and proud one of it! My confidence and pride of being a Girl Scout should lift spirits and encourage young girls to join. Also, showing the benefits and different correlations that the Girl Scout organization has to the Miss Outstanding Teen organization under Miss America Organization. It provides a forum for young women to express their viewpoints, talents and accomplishments. This is exactly what Girl Scouting does for every girl and really, being Miss Hawai`i’s Outstanding Teen and being a Girl Scout aren't so different. As a community, we need to take action. As Miss Hawai`i’s Outstanding Teen I’m excited to encourage girls to be a part of this worldwide organization that many women leaders have come from. I want to change the mindset of young teens today so that we can have a better tomorrow. 

Congratulations on your wonderful achievement, Hayley, and good luck in the competition in August!