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  • A Women of Distinction Celebration: Boots and Pearls

    What does it really mean to be a leader? Girl Scouts believe leadership is more than merely holding a position of authority. True leadership means being committed to integrity, courage, and giving back to others. Tuesday, October 18, at Indigo Hall in Spartanburg, we honored three local women with the Women of Distinction Award. The women honored were nominated by their peers and chosen because of their exceptional character, professional achievement, and civic engagement.

    All three of these women give generously of their time, passion, and resources to enrich the lives of others and make our community a better place. They all lead like G.I.R.L. Scouts.

    Dr. Gloria Webb Close has devoted her professional and personal life to the pursuit of helping others. Dr. Close is passionate about sharing her talents by mentoring and counseling others to develop leadership and confidence. She is an incredible role model for the girls of Spartanburg.

    Kathy Dunleavy is a true leader. She is a leader who uses her influence and abilities to pave the path forward for the Spartanburg community. Her legacy of leadership serves as a guide future generations to lead with courage, confidence, and character.

    Dr. Kay Woodward is the picture of grace and wisdom. Dr. Woodward firmly believes in speaking out against injustice and living with conviction. She uses her success to broadcast her message of commitment, perseverance, and integrity to girls throughout the community...

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  • Celebrate 100 Years of Changing the World

    The Gold Award is the highest award a Girl Scout can achieve. The Gold Award is not given, but earned through the rigorous planning, presenting, and execution of a service project that enriches the community and can last for years to come. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Gold Award. That’s right- 100 years of changing the world!

    We are so excited to invite you all to our Gold Award 100 Gala to commemorate the Gold Award Centennial. The Gala will be held on November 4, 2016 in Columbia at the South Carolina State Museum. You don’t want to miss this amazing opportunity to honor Gold Award Recipients, network with Girl Scouts and volunteers, and celebrate 100 years of changing the world! 

    Get your tickets today!

  • A Night of Inspiration: Greenville Women of Distinction 2016

    Women of Distinction honorees exemplify what it means to be a true leader for every girl who dreams of changing the world. They are women who stand up for their values despite adversity; women who seek to serve others; and women who improve the world around them. 

    Tan Kirby Davis and Zandra Johnson are women who exemplify the kind of leader girls want to be. They are courageous enough to stand up for what they believe in. They give back to the community with compassion and generosity. And through leadership and philanthropy, both of these women strive to make the world a better place. 

    On Thursday, September 15, we honored these exceptional women with an awards ceremony at Clemson University's International Center for Automotive Research. Did you miss the event? Watch the full awards ceremony on our Facebook! 

    Learn more about these amazing role models by watching their videos: 

    Tan Kirby Davis 

    Zandra Johnson 

  • Girl Scouts Meet with Congressmen to Advocate for Girls

    In August, Girl Scouts of South Carolina – Mountains to Midlands began Congressional meetings to advocate for the girls of South Carolina. The meetings began on August 22 with President & CEO, Kim Hutzell, and Congressman Mick Mulvaney and his staff. Following the initial meeting, representatives of our Council met with the offices of Representative Jeff Duncan and Senator Lindsey Graham. Together, we discussed the 100th Anniversary of the Gold Award and the issues facing girls and Girl Scouting as part of a national initiative known as Girl Scout District Congressional Advocacy Days.

    The topics discussed with our lawmakers during this brief recess included the support of out-of-school programming such as STEM education, financial literacy, environmental education, and bullying/relational aggression prevention. We also encouraged our officials to support the Girl Scout Experience and recognize the significance of the Gold Award.  

    All of our Congressmen were invited to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Gold Award with us November 4.

    We meet regularly with our elected officials to advocate for girls in our state. We would like to thank our South Carolina lawmakers for working with us to make the world a better place!


  • A Sweet Tradition: NEW Girl Scout S’mores Cookie

    The first ever recorded recipe for S’mores was in the 1927 “Tramping and Trailing” Girl Scout publication. Sitting around a fire, roasting marshmallows, and making the delicious chocolaty messes are a beloved part of our Girl Scout heritage. That’s why we are so excited to give you the news.

    We present to you, a new Girl Scout cookie that is crafted from an old tradition. The cookie is a crispy graham cookie, double dipped in a yummy crème icing, and finished with a delicious chocolaty layer. Get ready for the Girl Scout S’mores cookie! No fire needed. 

  • The Spring/Summer 2016 Leadership Line is Now Available!

    Your calendar is rarely empty, and you can't be everywhere at once. This is why we have worked to compile the best Girl Scouts of South Carolina- Mountains to Midlands highlights into one document to keep you "in the know." You can now read the Spring/Summer 2016 Leadership Line, and be inspired by stories of courage, confidence, and character. 

    Missed the Volunteer Recognition Celebration? No worries! Read all about an amazing night of fun, frienship, and Girl Scouts in the L2. Curious about the 100th anniversary of the Gold Award? Let us tell you how Girl Scouts have been changing the world for 100 years!

    Grab your glasses, settle in, and read the new Leadership Line today!  

  • Mary Black Foundation Helps with CME Pool Renovations

    The ribbon is cut, and the pool is open! The Grand re-Opening went swimmingly, as families from around the Upstate came out to enjoy the newly renovated pool. When asked about the Camp Mary Elizabeth pool, Stephanie Lawson said, "I want my kids to have those unforgettable summer memories. The pool is great, and the prices for CME were the only that were affordable for our whole family. My kids are so excited now that they will get to come here for the whole summer." 

    After receiving a $109,610 grant from the Mary Black Foundation, we have been able to successfully renovate the pool at Camp Mary Elizabeth. As a highlight of the grant, we are now able to provide swim lessons and summer pool passes at a low cost to the public, with financial aid available.

    Did you know that for every five people that die from drowning, one of those is a child under the age of 14? The ability to swim can often mean the difference between life and death.

    This statistic is one of the many reasons that the Mary Black Foundation, and Girl Scouts of South Carolina- Mountains to Midlands, believe this pool will be an incredible resource.  It allows the entire Upstate community access to improved health and wellness, and is a resource to help teach children to swim. 

    Camp Mary Elizabeth is conveniently located in the city of Spartanburg, and is open to th...

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  • Girl Scout Moment Leads to Medal of Honor

    The Girl Scout Medal of Honor is not an award that is bestowed lightly; as the recipient must save a life, or attempt to save a life, without risking their own.  However, for the second time this year, the Girl Scouts of South Carolina, Mountains to Midlands, were pleased to present this award to Tiffany Sue Brown, age 10, of Belton, South Carolina.

    Last summer, while in Michigan with her family, Tiffany took the lead, and responded without hesitation when she noticed that her younger cousin was in danger of drowning. Tiffany recalls that the young boy was splashing, and had begun to go underwater as she raced towards him. Tiffany covered roughly 25 feet, to reach 5 year old Whytt, in order to push him toward the safety of the steps. While Whytt was coughing, and got sick shortly after being rescued, he suffered no lasting injuries. The fortuitous outcome of this potentially disastrous can be accredited to Tiffany’s act of valor, and initiative.

    Our council applauds Tiffany for her courage to take the lead, and act with bravery and determination. The ceremony was held as a surprise to Tiffany and her family on May 31, 2016.

    As we enter summer swimming season safety is crucial.  For information on swim lessons and financial aid at the Camp Mary Elizabeth pool click here. 

  • Greenville Girl Scout Awarded Medal of Honor

    Girl Scout Ella Grace Belew, age 6, of Greenville was awarded the Medal of Honor May 4, 2016 for saving a friend’s life.  

    Ella Belew successfully administered the Heimlich on her friend who was choking.  The girls were playing in Ella’s front yard in July 2015 when Ella noticed her friend choking on a brownie bite.  Ella quickly began performing the Heimlich and after 3 attempts the brownie bite was successfully removed. 

    The event was witnessed by Ella Grace’s sister, Anna Kathryn Belew.  In total shock, Anna asked Ella where she learned the Heimlich and Ella replied, “Well I didn’t get my Safety Patch for nothing.”

    The Girl Scout Medal of Honor is given for saving a life or attempting to save a life without risking the candidate’s own life.

  • Women of Distinction Honored in Columbia

    The Girl Scouts of South Carolina-Mountains to Midlands recognized four outstanding women Thursday, April 14 at the Columbia Convention Center.

    This year’s honorees exemplify excellence in service, leadership, community visibility, and professionalism.

    This year’s Midlands honorees are: Barbara Blau, President and CEO of DP Professionals; Adrienne Gist, Licensed Social Worker, Rehabilitation Counselor, Certified Business Educator and Youth Advocate; Lou Kennedy, President, CEO and Owner of Nephron Pharmaceuticals Corporation; and Terry Peace, Senior VP, Group and Individual Division of BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina.

    To learn more about these distinguished women please watch their videos:

    Barbara Blau
    Adrienne Gist
    Lou Kennedy
    Terry Peace

  • Girl Scouts Experience Law Making Firsthand

    What an incredible week to be at the South Carolina Statehouse.  While the bill to fund South Carolina road improvements continues back and forth between chambers Girl Scouts of South Carolina travelled down a new road they paved themselves. 

    This week Girl Scouts from both South Carolina councils; Mountains to Midlands and Eastern South Carolina were honorary pages in both the House and Senate.  The week began with meetings with South Carolina’s two female state senators, a staff member of the Governor’s office, and Lt. Governor Henry McMaster.  All shared the importance of participating in the political process while South Carolina Girl Scouts engaged them about their passions and missions.  Bonnie F. from Troop 2222 told us, “Girl Scouts has equipped me with the courage and confidence to ask leaders thoughtful questions.”

    The girls settled into Senate and House chambers Tuesday afternoon and didn’t have a moment of rest as they carried out their page duties.  Maddie M. from Troop 9136 says she really enjoyed listening to Legislator’s speak, “Girl Scouts prepared me by teaching me how to interact with people and giving me leadership experiences to share.  I’ve learned that I am very interested in law making.”

    Girl Scouts wrapped up the week by being honored with the presentation of a resolution, presented by the Women’s Caucus, in recognition of the anniversary of 100 Years of Changing the World.

    The honor w...

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  • Girl Scouts of South Carolina Works with Lawmakers to Advance the Cause of Girls

    To further the Girl Scouts of South Carolina’s efforts to ensure every girl has the opportunity to grow up healthy and strong the Chairman of the South Carolina Joint Girl Scout Legislative Committee introduced the Girl Scouts 2016 Legislative Agenda to the South Carolina General Assembly Women’s Caucus March 2, 2016.

    On behalf of the members of Girl scouts of South Carolina-Mountains to Midlands and Girl Scouts of Eastern South Carolina, Belinda Copeland, Chairman of the South Carolina Joint Girl Scout Legislative Committee spoke with lawmakers about the importance Girl Scouting has on thousands of girls throughout the great state of South Carolina.

    To advance the cause of girls Girl Scouts is prioritizing the following public policy aims in 2016:

    - Promote Economic Opportunities for Girls
    - Encourage Healthy Living Opportunities for Girls
    - Foster Global Citizenship and a Global Voice for Girls
    - Support a Strong Nonprofit Community and Girl Scout Experience

    Public policies are needed to develop skills for today’s and tomorrow’s jobs, and connect girls to their communities and their world.

    Both Girl Scout Councils in South Carolina ensured lawmakers that they are ready to discuss the issues, suggest policy solutions, serve on advisory committees, testify at hearings, and provide valuable research so that girls, their communities and the world benefit. 

  • Girl Scout Day at Clemson University Introduces Girls to STEM Careers

    Dozens of Girl Scouts from the Mountains to Midlands council spent a full day immersed in engineering and science activities at Clemson University.  Clemson says it was its attempt to “shatter the glass ceiling.”

    According to Generation STEM report published by the Girl Scout Research Institute, only about 25% of STEM career positions are held by women.  Key components for girls to pursue STEM courses of study include exposure and experiential experiences with STEM fields and access to role models and mentors.

    As part of this year’s event, February 20, Girl Scouts learned Chemistry by making cheese and worked together on computers to learn how civil engineers design infrastructure. 

    This is the 16th year Clemson has hosted Girl Scout day.  The University group Women in Science and Engineering organizes the event that is also sponsored by Lockheed Martin. 

    Meika Samuel, STEM manager for Girl Scouts of South Carolina Mountains-Midlands, said the program helps introduce Girl Scouts to education and career opportunities in STEM fields.


  • The Early Bird Gets the Incentive

    What does early bird registration mean for girls and troops? MORE PROGRAMS! MORE TRIPS! MORE EXPERIENCES! This year, Girl Scouts of South Carolina – Mountains to Midlands is giving back more money than ever to troops and girls through the Cookie Program.

    Re-register for the 2016-17 Membership Year and help your troop have more experiences and more adventures this year.

    Troops who early-register at least 75% of their total troop (based on current registration numbers) will receive an EXTRA $.15 per-box bonus at cookie bonus payout time!
    What You Need to Know – Frequently Asked Questions

     If girls who re-register are changing troops, where will the bonus be applied? The troop leader who works to collect and turn in the Early Bird registrations will earn the bonus.  Can troop funds be used to cover Early Bird Registrations? Absolutely! Troops may use their funds to cover registrations if they so choose.                   Does the incentive apply to adult volunteers who re-register? The 75% re-registration goal is girl-specific. Remember that at least 5 girls and 2 non-related adults must be registered per troop (as well as multi-level troops).                 &nbs...

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  • World Thinking Day Celebration Provides Sisterhood and Knowledge

    Did you know Vietnam’s national flower is the lotus?  Have you ever tasted Colcannon?   Troops from Girl Scouts of South Carolina – Mountains to Midlands got together in mid-February in Taylors to learn about countries around the world in celebration of World Thinking Day.   Daisies to Cadettes shared information about China, Vietnam, Ireland, and other countries.  Every girl or troop brought food or drink samples from the country they represented.  Everyone walked away full of knowledge and native dishes.

    World Thinking Day on February 22 celebrates the birthdays of Girl Guides/Girl Scouts founder Robert, Lord Baden-Powell (1857–1941) and World Chief Guide Olave, Lady Baden-Powell (1889–1977).

     The Girl Scout holiday is used to rally global sisterhood and support girls as they travel internationally, connect with sister Girl Guides, and take action on global issues to make the world a better place.

  • Powerful Women Summits a Success with Girl Scouts

    Early on Saturday morning, January 31, hundreds of girls gave up a weekend morning to invest in their futures.  In both Greenville and Columbia Girl Scouts of South Carolina-Mountains to Midlands brought together girls from grades 7-12 with Powerful Women from South Carolina.  The Powerful Women represent diverse fields including; engineering, television, politics, and medical.                                                                                                

    In a format similar to speed dating Powerful Women moved around the room every 8-10 minutes answering questions from 8-10 girls per table.

    The Girl Scout experience has always focused on providing girls with opportunities to become leaders in their communities and the world.This annual program connects girls with local leaders.  

  • It’s Girl Scout Cookie Time!

    Girl Scouts of South Carolina – Mountains to Midlands has launched its annual cookie sales program.  This is the largest girl-led business in the country and generates over $700 million for girls and communities nationwide.

    Door-to-door, pre-order sales began January 8 with delivery in mid-late February.  Sales dates at local retail locations, when customers can buy directly, are weekends from February 19 through March 13.

    Once again, the girl entrepreneurs will be able to sell cookies to consumers through the revolutionary, digital technology program that was introduced last year called Digital Cookie.  Using a mobile app, girls can create and manage their sales online and customers can enjoy the convenience of having cookies shipped directly to them and paying via a credit card on a smart phone or tablet.

    States Kim Hutzell, President/CEO, Girl Scouts of South Carolina – Mountains to Midlands, “Through the Digital Cookie platform, a game-changing upgrade to the iconic Girl Scout Cookie Program, girls have more ways than ever to connect with their customers, and are able to dig deeper into the economics of cookie selling by forecasting troop earnings and analyzing sales data.”

    The returning popular cookies are:  Caramel deLites, Cranberry Citrus Crisps, Lemonades, Peanut Butter Patties, Peanut Butter Sandwich, Shortbread, Thin Mints, and Thanks-a-Lot.  Lemonades are in the spotlight this year becaus...

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  • Welcome our Newest Board of Directors

    Welcome to our newest Board members!  Seven new members have been elected as new Board Members At-Large beginning January 1, 2016 for a two-year term.

    Welcome to our newest Board members!  Seven new members have been elected as new Board Members At-Large beginning January 1, 2016 for a two-year term.

    Ruth Cate, Spartanburg, is an attorney with her own firm, The Cate Law Firm.  She has a B.A. from the University of South Carolina and a J.D. from the University Of South Carolina Law School.  Ruth is a previous board member for Girl Scouts of South Carolina – Mountains to Midlands, serving from 2007-2010.   Prior to that, Ruth served on the board of the legacy Piedmont Area Council from 1998 to 2007 and as a member of the Council Realignment Committee from 2006-2007.  She serves on the Board of Trustees for USC Upstate Foundation, the Board of Advisors for Wells Fargo and on the South Carolina Family Law Council. She has also served in leadership roles on the Board of the Spartanburg Chamber of Commerce, the Board of Governors for the University of South Carolina Alumni Association, and on the Board of Trustees for the Mary Black Foundation.  Ruth was named a 2014 Karen Mitchell Women of Distinction by our council.  Ruth says, “I love Girl Scouts.  Always have and always will.  I love the fact that it empowers girls and ultimately women and that it provides lots of fun.  I love the emphasi...

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  • Give Volunteer Jean Shew A Big Round of Applause

    Jean Shew, Greer, is in the volunteer spotlight

    Jean Shew is that rare visionary volunteer who also applies ideas practically, leads efforts effectively, and engages others successfully. She is a tireless volunteer, event founder, and fundraising leader. 

    Jean is the founder of the annual Powerful Women Summit, now in its ninth year, which has served more than 1,000 girls in our council.  She has advised countless Girl Scouts through their process of earning the Gold Award, the highest leadership award for Girl Scouts in grades 10th – 12th.  She has also served on many strategic Board committees and was elected as a national Girl Scout delegate.

    A Girl Scout volunteer for over 25 years, Jean was a co-leader for daughter Ashley’s Troop 72 in Greenwood. Then, after moving to Greenville, she started Troop 17 in 1997 with daughters Betsy in first grade and Megan in 5K. Troop 17 went all the way through Senior year for eight of the girls, all of whom received their Gold Awards. Troop 17 attended the national conventions in Atlanta and Indianapolis. Four of the troop members attended the first SusuFUNd international trip to London. (

    She recommends being a volunteer because, “The Girl Scouts is the complete activity package for girls, providing sports opportunities, outdoor adventures, travel, and so much more. The badges cover everything from baking to computer technology with space and star exploration in between...

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  • Celebrating 100 Years of Changing the World

    For a century Girl Scouts have earned Girl Scouts’ highest award by taking action to address local, national, and global issues.

    2016 is the year of celebrating the 100 years of the highest honor in Girl Scouting. For the last century, millions of Girl Scout alumnae have created, developed, and executed “Take Action” projects that have positively impacted their communities and the world, earning Girl Scouts’ highest award.

    Since 1916, Girl Scouts have been making meaningful, sustainable changes in their communities and around the world.  The Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest honor a Girl Scout can earn, acknowledges the power behind each recipient’s dedication to not only empowering and bettering herself, but also to making the world a better place for others.

    The Power of the Girl Scout Gold Award: Excellence in Leadership and Life, a research study by the Girl Scout Research Institute (GSRI), reaffirms the lifetime benefits award recipients receive pertaining to positive sense of self, life satisfaction, leadership, life success, community service, and civic engagement. Girl Scouts is excited to celebrate 100 years of Girl Scout Gold Award excellence, innovation, and visionary leadership in 2016, and to continue empowering future generations of girls to follow their dreams, discover their passions, and make a global impact.

    The GSRI report also highlights that those who have earned Girl Scouts’ highest award feel they have had suc...

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  • Women of Distinction Honored in Greenville, Spartanburg and Columbia

    Girl Scouts of South Carolina-Mountains to Midlands honors high-achieving women in 2015.  Help sponsor our 2016 events.

    With the launch of the Women of Distinction event in Greenville, our council was able to honor more high-achieving women in one year than ever before.  The event pays tribute to women who exemplify excellence in service, leadership, community visibility, and professionalism.

    Three prominent Greenville County women were honored on September 10 at CU-ICAR-Clemson University.  The dynamic, savvy women were:  Dr. Judith S. Prince, Professor Emerita, University of South Carolina Upstate; and Sue Priester, President, Cliffwood Enterprises.  Recognized as a Blazing Trails Young Professional was Jil Littlejohn, CEO/President of the Urban League of the Upstate and Greenville City Council member.

    Two Spartanburg area women were honored at the council’s 3rd Annual Boots & Pearls Women of Distinction Awards event on October 8 at the Piedmont Club.  Selected for their exemplary commitments to career, community, and family, the honorees were:  Joy Ayers Couch, Athletic Director, Converse College, and Dr. Fern Powell, Optometrist.  Honorees received the Karen H. Mitchell Women of Distinction Award.  It is named in honor of long-time community volunteer and supporter, Karen H. Mitchell.

    More than 100 guests were in attendance at...

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  • Spartanburg Service Center Remodeled

    The Future is Here!  As part of its Long-Range Program and Property Plan (LRPPP), our Spartanburg Service Center completed its remodel in late August. 

    Based on the feedback of volunteers, a remodel of the Spartanburg Service Center includes a more modern, comfortable environment that offers after-hours training and meeting space, a resource library and computer access.

    The remodel had been in the works since the LRPPP was approved by the Board of Directors in 2009.  The plan is appropriately called She Sees the Future. When Girl Scouts of South Carolina – Mountains to Midlands was formed in 2007 through the merger of three councils and three counties from another council, we also acquired various properties throughout our new 22-county jurisdiction.  The plan was created to best align property to meet the program needs and wishes of our girls.  The plan included selling and purchasing properties, and this is the first property to be remodeled.

    The Spartanburg Service Center is one of three centers that serve our council.  Our headquarters is in Greenville and the other center is in Columbia.  These facilities serve as training and program centers, hosting Girl Scout activities, workshops, events, and meetings.  All three service centers are home to our Girlz Gear Shop which offers the purchase of patches, badges, uniforms, books, accessories, and gift items. 

    In celebration, members, vo...

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  • Girl Scouts Will Have a Float in Macy's Day Parade

    Traditions keep memories, customs, and legacies alive. A piece of the past lives on as each new generation takes part in the traditions of old. For many, Thanksgiving is a highly anticipated time to enjoy family, and join in on those beloved traditions. Since 1924, the Macy’s Day Parade has been a Thanksgiving staple that is now a household name.

    For the first time ever, aGirl Scouts of the USA will have a float in the Macy’s Day Parade. Our float will reflect our values and goals as an organization, and will be themed “Building a Better World.” Girl Scouts of South Carolina- Mountains to Midlands is thrilled to be a part of this momentous time in Girl Scout history, and to celebrate the tens of millions of Girl Scouts who have helped “build a better world” since 1912.

    We hope you can tune in this year to watch Girl Scouts make history! 

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  • Girls Get SET for College, Career, and Life

    While women make up 47% of the total U.S. workforce, they only represent 25% of the computer and mathematics field, and 13% of the engineering field. This gap is something Girl Scouts have been working to bridge by educating and exposing young women to experts, opportunities, and experiences in the fields of STEM

    Girls Get SET camp allowed girls to explore nontraditional female roles, and explore STEM fields in an encouraging environment. Girls learned how to filter drinking water, harness wind energy, and use a Geiger counter through hands on activities. Girls left the adventure mini-camp inspired by new dreams from all they had experienced.

    Madelyn Cooper, a senior at North Augusta High School, attended Girls Get SET and had this to say about her experience, “I like mechanics, and I think it would be a good choice to be a mechanical engineer. What I’ve learned today has helped confirm that career option.”

    Since our founding in 1912, Girl Scouts have been pushing girls to do the “impossible” and reach their dreams. Events like Girls Get SET are teaching young women that they can be anything they aspire to be. We are proud to educate and empower the workforce of the future!


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