CENTRAL SQUARE, NY – “Girl Scouts is fun! There are so many opportunities available to girls through Girl Scouts,” said Ginger VanAllen, a Girl Scout with Troop 11013 from Central Square.
When VanAllen decided she wanted to earn her Girl Scout Silver Award she knew a lot of older girls were dropping out of Girl Scouts to be involved with other activities. She knew she needed to make an impact on these girls.
“There were a lot of girls going in and out of troops because they wanted to be involved with sports or other activities,” she said. “Girls would be asking themselves if they wanted to remain in Girl Scouts or move on to something else.”
So VanAllen decided the best way to convince girls that they should remain in Girl Scouts was to make a video showing the fun that girls, especially older girls, can have with Girl Scouts and the opportunities that are open to them.
She began her project in March 2013. She took her camera to troop meetings and to girls’ activities to videotape them.
She talked to volunteers and other girls.
She even visited WCNY and met with a video editor who taught her that the easiest way to edit your video is to break it down into parts.
She just recently completed the video and it is being shown at various open houses and recruitment events and already making an impact.
To view the video, visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xdL9QR6amP8&list=UU8scP9oaB-psdkEDqKC6Baw or simply visit the GSNYPENN youtube page and view the videos on our channel.
VanAllen will be recognized at a reception in the spring of 2015 for earning her Girl Scout Silver Award.
The Girl Scout Silver Award is the highest award a Girl Scout in grades 6 through 8 can earn.
To earn the award girls must complete a Cadette Journey, the essence of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, gain leadership skills, and then spend at least 50 hours working on a project that provides a positive lasting impact on her community.
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Girl Scouts of NYPENN Pathways, Inc. serves more than 16,500 girls in 26 counties of New York and Pennsylvania.
Founded in 1912, Girl Scouts is the leading authority on girls’ healthy development, and builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. Visit www.gsnypenn.org or call the Cicero Service Center at (315) 698-9400.