As the Girl Scout year closed on September 30, a wonderful thing happened, our membership grew to more than 25,268 girl members and 12,493 adult members! It’s been a tough few years with most youth-serving organizations losing members to the myriad of ways kids can spend their time. This is the first time in eight years that GSNEO membership has grown and the first time in ten years the council has exceeded its goal. First, and foremost that means more girls had the opportunity to experience Girl Scouts and reap the benefits of our program. That means more girls will be on a path to leadership, have a stronger sense of self, and have STEM confidence, just to name a few of those benefits. It also means that more families believe in our program and with all the choices they have, they picked Girl Scouts! Our community supporters know this is a big deal, and it makes them feel confident in their investments of time and other resources in GSNEO. I am so grateful to all the volunteers who made this happen – from service teams to troop leaders, and zip-line facilitators to program aides- you made Girl Scouts come alive in your community and drew members like bees to honey or should I say like s’mores to campfires.
Thanks to these hard-working volunteers: Barbara Parkinson, Roberta Uhrich, Fred Cash, Jean Ganger, Sunny Baddour and not pictured Andy Krupa, Lisa and Madison Westfall. This group helped clean and sort four pallets of bricks destined for a plaza in front of Low Lodge at Camp Ledgewood. They were originally created and placed at Camp Lejnar in 2008 as part of a Legacy Plaza. When that camp was sold, the bricks were removed and stored so that they could be reinstalled in memory of Camp Lejnar. A boulder with an inscription, engraved stone, and a bench are also part of the area at Camp Ledgewood, as well as stepping stones that greet visitors as they walk towards a new bridge from the parking lot. Thanks for your unwavering support!
Girl Scout Day at the Zoo
Thousands of Girl Scouts and their families attended Girl Scout Day at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo on September 21, and had the opportunity to work on badges, meet zookeepers, and make memories with their Girl Scout peeps. It was a perfect day to celebrate all the Girl Scouts who renewed their membership early to make sure they were set for a year of fun and new experiences as well as new members who joined over the summer. Thanks to all the staff and volunteers who made the day a success and especially to our friends at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo! Check out our Facebook page to see more pictures!
Grant Highlight: Ohio EPA
Did you attend one of our Operation Save the Butterflies camps this summer? The Ohio Environmental Education Fund, through the Ohio EPA, awarded GSNEO a grant last year to help protect the West Virginia White Butterfly. With this grant, we hosted programs to teach our members about invasive species and worked together to pull garlic mustard and restore the butterfly’s natural habitat. Keep an eye out for signs at camp with butterfly facts and instructions on how to pull the garlic mustard so you can help out too!
Be a Badge Boss!
The Badge Boss program which has been going strong for almost a year, is a completely flexible volunteer opportunity for the busy professional. This is a great opportunity to apply your professional expertise or personal passions in a meaningful way by helping Girl Scouts earn badges. As a Badge Boss, you decide when, where, and how often you participate! Email Laura at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more!