Our MEdia Journey

By Rolla Girl Scout Troop 62505

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Recently, we had the opportunity to make a Public Service Announcement and tour a local television station.  Our Cadette and Senior members were able to themselves, record some of the footage.  This helped the Cadettes finish their MEdia Journey.  All girls from out mulit-age level troop were welcomed to tour the television station.

Girls of all ages truly enjoyed the tour of the television station.  We also were able to learn a lot!  We learned that they have the words that you need to say right under the camera, which was extremely helpful.  And, if they have the green screen on and you are wearing a green shirt, it changes the color of your shirt to black!  They also explained to us why they have carpet on the walls (it helps the sound from echoing).

The Cadettes had fun filming and learning about media.  Basically, they went around recording footage of each of the groups.  Then, we sent the footage to the television station.  When we went for the tour, they  recorded some more.  After we left, the station put it all together, and sent it back to us.  They plan on airing it on a local station soon!

Here is the finial version of our PSA:

All the girls, especially the Cadettes, had fun and learned a lot! If you have Girl Scout Cadettes and are getting ready to do the MEdia Journey, we highly recommend contacting your local television station.

-Cadettes and Senior of Rolla Girl Scout Troop 62505

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Volunteer Perspectives, It’s Your Story-Tell It!

As you know, Girl Scouts of the USA and Dove®, the leading personal care brand, partner to deliver Girl Scout leadership and self-esteem programming to millions of girls nationwide and abroad with the latest Girl Scout leadership journey It’s Your Story-Tell It!. It’s Your Story-Tell It! uses a storytelling theme in a fun and relevant way for girls to better understand themselves and their potential.

Keeping with the storytelling theme, I reached out to a volunteer recently to get an on the ground perspective on a journey in progress. “I have enjoyed the journey with the girls. Most of what we did came directly from the journey books, as we didn’t think we could truly test the journey unless we followed it closely,” she states. “As we progressed, the girls were more and more outspoken and confident in expressing their ideas… A number of them said they would try it again. It was evident that the effects of the project are both positive and sustainable, potentially reaching many more students and their families.”

Specifically, the girls were participating in a remake project—taking stock of the media in their lives, of issues in the community, creating a piece of media that better reflects the realities of their world. To continue sharing this message (which is the final step to the Influence Award), the girls were creating a public service announcement.

“I asked the girls what they have gotten out of our journey. They told me that they had never thought about the power of the messages in the media. They said that they gained leadership skills by bringing their media remake into their schools and being guides and leaders for all the other students. It was evident that the girls felt empowered by the fact that so many students followed their lead and participated in their remake project. They reported that they learned how to work with adults, and how important communication is and how difficult at times.”

Do you have any Journey success stories to share?

 

Next Week is National Volunteer Week. The GSMH Blog will be spotlighting stories around Volunteer Week. Stay tuned…

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It’s Your Story, Illustrate It!


Self expression is a large thread throughout the latest Girl Scout leadership journey It’s Your Story-Tell It! which has its’ very own comprehensive website that allows you to get involved in a number of awesome activities! One fantastic activity suggestion is making a mural, through which you can express yourself, educate and inspire others and boost confidence in the process!

Follow this link for a step by step guide to creating your own mural with fellow Girl Scouts. Team up with your Girl Scout sisters to create a mural that shares a story about an important issue. Jot down notes and sketch potential images for your story. Tell your story on canvas! Unveil the mural at a community center, at school during lunchtime, or at a place of worship after a service, which will give you a chance to discuss with the public the meaning and creative process behind your work. When you have the opportunity to express yourself in a way that engages members of your community, you’ll gain confidence and feel empowered to continue to make positive changes in the world!

Another fantastic opportunity for self expression and storytelling through art is the Doodle 4 Google contest, which Girl Scouts of the USA has partnered with. Open to K-12 students in the U.S., Doodle 4 Google is an opportunity of a lifetime: design the Google.com homepage doodle for millions of people to see, and while you’re at it, take home a $15,000 scholarship and a $25,000 technology grant for your school or your Girl Scout troop/council. Once scouts have been registered online by a Troop leader and submitted their doodle artwork via mail by March 16th, Google employees and Guest Judges, including Whoopi Goldberg, gold medal ice skater Evan Lysacek and “Garfield” creator Jim Davis, will narrow down the submissions.

To get started, whether you’re a Troop leader, a teacher, a school educator, or a parent, you must register your student(s) by March 2, 2011. Then get out the crayons, paints and markers and throw your own doodle party. Please note that all entries must be postmarked by March 16, 2011. Check out suggestions specific to Girl Scouts – see the Info for Participants page (blue box on the right). Tell your story through art and you could be the next Doodle 4 Google contest winner!

Girl Scouts of the USA and Dove®, the leading personal care brand, partner to deliver Girl Scout leadership and self-esteem programming to millions of girls nationwide and abroad with the latest Girl Scout leadership journey It’s Your Story-Tell It!.

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Journey to Confidence with Deborah Hearn Smith

The Indianapolis Star, IN, has a column penned by Deborah Hearn Smith, chief executive officer of the Girl Scouts of Central Indiana, titled “My View: Journey to confidence begins with a cookie”. With cookie season well under way in her community, Smith states that “with every season of the Girl Scout cookie program, another generation of girls learns to set goals, make a plan and manage money. As women, they’ll need these skills, whether their goal is to start a business or a family. The cookie program is just one of the many ways that Girl Scouts provides skills for girls to use in the real world.”

Also rolling out nationwide is the most recent Girl Scout leadership journey, It’s Your Story, Tell It!. Smith states that, “The Girl Scout Leadership Experience, for girls in grades K-12, provides caring adult mentors, practical life skills and tools to build courage, all of which help girls grow into confident, healthy, decision-making adults… The activities a girl participates in will help her gain confidence and a better sense of self. Girl Scouts who belong to a troop learn how to work well with others as they navigate a Girl Scout journey. Each journey is not only fun, but the activities support what girls are learning in the classroom. The journeys also help girls explore the three keys to leadership: discovering themselves and their values, connecting with others, and taking action to make the world a better place.”

As stated by Smith, each journey is fun! It’s Your Story-Tell It! has its’ very own comprehensive website that allows you to get involved in a number of awesome activities! It has quizzes and games, video examples and templates plus a whole lot more. Girl Scouts of the USA and Dove®, the leading personal care brand, partner to deliver Girl Scout leadership and self-esteem programming to millions of girls nationwide and abroad with the latest Girl Scout leadership journey It’s Your Story-Tell It!.

Take the quiz called “What’s Your Eco-Style” – and find out your eco-style today!

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It’s Your Panda, Make It!

It's Your Panda, Make It!

Earlier we reported that the latest Girl Scout leadership journey It’s Your Story-Tell It! has its’ very own comprehensive website that allows you to get involved in a number of awesome activities! It has quizzes and games, video examples and templates plus a whole lot more.

One thing that you can do from the website is make your very own panda! In “Gloria’s Story,” the flower friends learn about the panda. Make your own panda mask and act like a panda nibbling bamboo! You can also make a rooster and an elephant, if you prefer.

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Girl Scouts of the USA and Dove®, the leading personal care brand, partner to deliver Girl Scout leadership and self-esteem programming to millions of girls nationwide and abroad with the latest Girl Scout leadership journey It’s Your Story-Tell It!. It’s Your Story-Tell It! uses a storytelling theme in a fun and relevant way for girls to better understand themselves and their potential.

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