to New York City
hirty girls and adults traveled to New
York City the first weekend of February
for an amazing time! For some, this was
the first time flying on plane, the first
time to visit NYC, the first time staying
in a hostel, and their first Broadway
show! They spent time visiting some
must-see places in NYC, like Times
Square, the Empire State Building,
the 911 memorial, and the Museumof
Modern Art.
The highlight of the trip was
theWicked workshop where
they all had the opportunity
to learn in a fun, interactive
environment about the
Broadwaymusical. The
Wicked story centers around
a young woman who is born
green and thus is an outsider.
Her different appearance
leads the people of Oz to
misjudge and ostracize her.
As the characters journey through Oz,
they develop the courage to overcome
stereotypes and realize the true
meaning of friendship.
During the workshop two Kansas girls
were part of the five chosen from 1,500
submissions to present their Wicked
“for good” projects. Kala Pinkham, of
Derby, and Avin Inlow, of Hays, proudly
represented Girl Scouts of Kansas
Heartland with Kala being the overall
winner! She won a backstage tour, and
in true Girl Scout fashion invited Avin
to join her on this behind the scenes
expereince. This was an amazing
weekend, and Girl Scouts of Kansas
Heartland looks forward to offering this
same trip next year.
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photos of their adventure and under
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future traveling opportunities.
ceremony andmost of the girls stated
that they would like to be recognized
locally with their families. Many of the
girls also stated that they would like
additional recognition in the formof a
plaque or other award.
It is important that the girls be
recognized the way they feel is most
suitable, in order for the girls to truly
appreciate their distinguished honors
from their years of Girl Scouting. Each
Gold Award recipient will receive a
plaque and honorary cord to wear
during commencement ceremonies at
their high school in place of a council
sponsored YWOD ceremony.
Thank you for your contributions for
these young women. Seemore online
What youaresaying!
One example of what girls wanted the
council to know at theWinter Older Girl
Focus Groups:
>What are some of the things you do in
Girl Scouting that you wouldn’t get to do
anywhere else?
• Travel opportunities
• You get to be silly and won’t get in
• Have fun earning badges
• Going to unique camps
• Selling cookies to go to camp
• Helping younger girls
• Visiting local museums
• Community service opportunities
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