Girl Scout Magazine Reflects Girls' Interests and Voices
Hot off the presses, Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania’s new publication, S’MORE magazine, offers “all the good stuff in Girl Scouting” with an added twist. In addition to listing hundreds of events and summer camp programs, S’MORE includes stories, articles and submissions by girls themselves.
“Who better to tell the stories of Girl Scouting or make recommendations for games, activities and service projects than the girls of Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania?” stated CEO, Patricia A. Burkart. With over 35,000 girls registered with Girl Scouts in 27-counties, the magazine provides a perfect outlet for girl’s voices to be heard throughout the region. Being girl-centered and providing girls with hands-on leadership opportunities is the core of the Girl Scout program. Forums like DIY that include how-to tips for healthy lifestyles, Find Your Niche which makes recommendations for activities in specific interest areas (the spring-summer issue is focused on the environment), The Biz where girls share ideas on money making or management and Clicks that addresses friendships and healthy relationships—provide concise, fun and practical resources for girls’ busy lives. The fall-winter issue (to be released in July) will include even more forums by girls, for girls.
The inaugural edition of S’MORE, circulation 45,000, included a story written by a Girl Scout who traveled to Washington state to participate in a Microsoft program, and an interview of Pitt Women’s Basketball coach, Agnus Berenato, conducted by a Girl Scout in Bethel Park.
Founded on March 12 in 1912 by Juliette Gordon Low, who contributed her writing to several Girl Scout publications, all girls in grades K-12 are invited to write articles for S’MORE and to become part of Girl Scouting. “Girl Scouting offers girls many unique opportunities, and these are not only included in the content of S’MORE, but also in how that content is submitted,” remarked Burkart. The magazine is now offered free online in the Newsroom section of www.gswpa.org.
For information on S’MORE submission guidelines and deadlines, girls should send an email to Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania to firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the website at www.gswpa.org where membership information is also available.
Joyce Lewis-Andrews, Vice President of Communications
Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania