Inspiring Girls Who Do Great Things

Sep 18, 2009 Posted in Newsroom, Press Releases

This fall, Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania (GSWPA) begins its new membership year by encouraging girls to be at the forefront of ecological stewardship.

Inspired by girls who indicated that protecting the environment is a top priority for young people, Girl Scouts is introducing a new set of environmentally-themed leadership development books entitled, It’s Your Planet—Love It. This program resource, used by troops and at council events, provides girls with leadership development opportunities as they complete activities and exercises that focus on conservation, reducing pollution and renewable and reusable resources.

“An appreciation of nature, the outdoors and the environment has always been a part of the Girl Scout tradition,” said Council CEO, Patricia A. Burkart. “Our new materials and events help build upon that passion, allowing girls to take even more steps to learn about the natural world and encouraging them to become responsible leaders in identifying issues in their community and developing possible solutions.”

Some of the types of environmental programs offered to girls in grades K-12 include the Outdoor Adventure Sampler, Nature Days and the Earn the Water Drop Patch Program. There are also several family events open to Girl Scouts and their friends at council camps. All of these programs are listed on the council Web site,

The council itself is leading by example. S’MORE magazine, the signature publication of GSWPA is produced using 100% wind power and is available online at, reducing the number of copies printed. The nearly 40,000 Girl Scouts in western Pennsylvania also enjoy online shopping and an e-newsletter, @aGirl. This spring, virtual tours of the council camp properties will be available online. Groups use Facebook and Twitter to stay in touch. Girl Scouts are proud that green technology is incorporated into the new council headquarters on Pittsburgh’s North Shore and that the council is seeking to expand its partnerships with environmental agencies, organizations and businesses in its 27-county jurisdiction to provide new opportunities to girls.

To become involved or inspire girls on a broad range of environmental concerns, while empowering them to make a positive impact in their communities, please call 1-800-248-3355 or visit

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