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Girls Voice Their Opinions
This winter, Girl Scouts of Kansas
Heartland (GSKH) hosted four regional
panels which included Cadette, Senior,
and Ambassador Girl Scouts from
across the state of Kansas. This was a
place for Girl Scout to come together
and have their voices heard.
Topics of discussion included what
activities girls like to participate in, what
trips or awards girls are interested in,
and what keeps girls in Girl Scouting,
among others.
The overall theme fromall four focus
groups includedmentoring younger Girl
Scouts, travel, and older girl input for
events and programming. GSKH will be
offering morementoring opportunities
at camp this summer, and next fall, as
well as Older Girl Advisory Committees
for future planning of activities and
events!
Award&ScholarshipFocus
Many of the girls in attendance had
earned their Silver Awards and were
either working on or had completed
their Gold Award. When asked how
they would like to celebrate their
achievements–given examples of
past YoungWomen of Distinction
(YWOD) Ceremonies, as well as trips
or sleepovers conducted by other
councils in order to recognize Gold
Award and scholarship recipients–
some girls would prefer a trip or formal
Wichita
TheWichita Robo Troop has monthly meetings at
theWichita Council Offices focusing on robots,
engineering, and technology, as well as Girl Scout
values like friendship, teamwork, and leadership.
In January, February, and March of every year, they
work with Lego NXT kits in preparation for theWSU
Shocker Mindstorms competition.
On Saturday, March 9, they faced off with some
fierce competition coming out on top with two
awards. Check out this teampicture after the
awards ceremony with their two trophies, 1st place
in Spirit & Sportsmanship and 2nd Place Overall in
Intermediate.
Emma Aldridge, Emily Alumbaugh, Brittany Ayres-Welch
Alexa Blair, Ashtyn Carns, Michaela Ensor, Debra Fiegenbaum,
Emily Gerhardt, Larissa Guerrero, Cleona Guthrie-Craig,
Ashley Lieber, Fallon Million, Madison Morrill, Victoria Mueller,
Josephine Trout, KaitlandWeaver, and KatlynWilliams
Wichita teammembers include:
Liberal
This is Robo Troop 60005 of Liberal. They had
their regional competition February 9 at the
Mid-America Air Museumwinning the Robot
Performance & Champion Award. They will travel
to the First Lego League international competition
in St. Louis, Missouri in April.
Troop Leader Michele Stoddard shared, “We are
very proud of them for all the hard work they have
put in as a first year robotics team and the way
they exemplify the values taught themby the Girl
Scouts and First Lego League.”
McKinzie Stoddard, Morgan Nelson, Angela Cortez, Juliet
Nava, and Mica Huskey
Liberal teammembers include:
What is a Robo Troop?
It’s a special interest Girl Scout troop that learns about, builds, and programs
robots. Want to knowmore about Robo Troops or other specialized troops? Contact your nearest office for info.
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