Girl Scout Homecoming 2014
Celebrating the Pursuit of Equality & Over 100 Years For Girl Scouting in Virginia
Ceremony Commemorating the South's First African Americal Girl Scout "Troop"
The first African-American Girl Scout troop in the South was formed in Richmond. And it met on the campus of Virginia Union University. A historical marker commemorating history-making Girl Scout Troop 34 was unveiled September 20th. The marker was approved by the Virginia Department of Historical and commemorates “the first African American Girl Scout troop in the South,” which began meeting in 1932 on the campus. The Richmond troop was started by sponsors Lena Watson, Janie Jones and Mary Virginia Binga just 20 years after the Girl Scout organization was founded in 1912 in Savannah, Ga.
“The Richmond Girl Scouts served as a model for other southern localities as the Girl Scout organization moved toward integration,” according to the marker. The marker is sponsored by the Girl Scouts of the Commonwealth of Virginia. Viola O. Baskerville, executive director of the sponsoring scouting council, called the event “very important for establishing where the model for increasing the participation of African-American women and girls in Girl Scouting began.”
Girl Scouts Archive Exhibit
"Breaking Ground: The Founding of the First Girl Scout Troop for African-American Girls in the South" was an exhibit at Virginia Union University culled from VCU Libraries vast collection of Girl Scouting materials. The exhibit included images and artifacts illustrating the history of African- American troops in Central Virginia prior to desegregation, from the founding troop in 1932 through the early 1960s.
Service of Worship
To honor yesterday's Girl Scouts who also met at Ebenezer Baptist Church in 1932, today's Girl Scouts attended a service of worship September 21st. Girl Scouts served as greeters for this special service and afterwards were guests of honor during a reception.
Service Project: East End Cemetery Clean-Up
Girl Scouts earned a special patch for important work to help clear the burial sites of many once-prominent African-American Richmonders. Participants were able to tour the cemetery complex and visit the grave of the notable Mrs. Maggie L. Walker, who was instrumental in establishing Troop 34.
GS Research Project
Consent form and link to survey:
My name is April Gilley and I was a Girl Scout in GSCV and I am an adult volunteer for the council as well. I am currently working on my Master's degree at Mary Baldwin College. For my thesis I am conducting a survey of leaders as to the barriers and benefits of outdoor experiences in Girl Scout programs. I would appreciate it if you would take a few minutes to complete this survey. You can find the survey at https://marybaldwincollege.co1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_0H8UH6GF8G5C0nP.
You have been asked to participate in a research study for a Master's thesis project at Mary Baldwin College. The purpose of this study is to examine the barriers and benefits of outdoor experiences in Girl Scout programs.
There are no risks in taking this survey nor is there compensation for participation.
Participation in research is entirely voluntary. You may refuse to participate or may withdraw from participation at any time without penalty. The investigator may withdraw from participation at his/her professional discretion.
Participation in this survey should take approximately 10-15 minutes of your time.
Please print off a copy of this page for your records if you choose to participate. If you do not wish to participate, please close your web browser now. Thank you.
Thank you for your time.
Yours in Girl Scouting,
April L. Gilley
Attention Girl Scout Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors! You’ve all been making the world a better place, so lets recognize your dedication to the community. We hope you consider applying for the Prudential Spirit of Community Award. The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program is the United States' largest youth recognition program based exclusively on volunteer community service. The program was created in 1995 by Prudential in partnership with NASSP (National Association of Secondary School Principals) to honor middle level and high school students for outstanding service to others at the local, state, and national level.
To apply you must do the following:
A panel of Girl Scout volunteers will review all applicants and choose one to nominate to the state level competition. You must complete both steps to the application process in order to be considered for the next level of competition.
Good luck to all our amazing Girl Scouts!
Girl Scouts of the Commonwealth Council of VA is proud to partner with neighboring councils, not only just in Virginia but in other areas as well! Check out some of the great things that our sister councils are doing:
Girl Scouts of Nation's Capital
Girl Scouts of Virginia Skyline
Girl Scouts of Colonial Coast
Girl Scouts of Black Diamond
Our national council, Girl Scouts of the United States of America (GSUSA) is always a great resource for tools and information about the latest topics related to Girl Scouts. Check them out at www.girlscouts.org. GSUSA also has a great place for girls at http://forgirls.girlscouts.org, where they can find great resources and fun info.
Fun Sites for:
Take Action Projects
Program partners (not for profit)
Program Partners (for profit)