Ground Floor: The Girl Scout’s $100,000 Goal
Life’s not all daisies for The Girl Scouts River Valleys organization. It is trying to raise $100,000 to improve Camp Edith Mayo and its Program Center. The camp occupies 40 acres of land in southwest Rochester and was donated to the Girl Scouts by the Mayo family in 1946.
While the camp includes features like a historic lodge, a creek, a 37-acre forest, and a low ropes course, the fundraising goal will support renovation, adding elements like a commercial kitchen, a large screened deck, and even a Girl Scout history display. The renovation will also improve access for those with disabilities. In addition, the plan calls for adding sustainable solar energy and a rain garden.
The renovation process began in 2015 and is scheduled for completion in 2018.
119 Feet Up: Taking Girls to the Height of Leadership
Being a Girl Scout means a lot more than satisfying cravings for Thin Mints. More than 32,000 girls from 49 different counties in the tri-state area are served by the Girl Scouts River Valleys. The organization strives to help girls become strong leaders, discover new abilities, and improve their communities.
While the Girl Scouts foster traditional outdoor skills like campfire-building, the organization also encourages girls to pursue activities related to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). Amanda Block, a former Girl Scout who works as a customer service representative for Praxair Distribution Inc. (an industrial gasses company), and also did a stint as an underwater welder, suggests that Girl Scouts helped her pursue STEM-related work.
Block is one of many helping the Girl Scout’s fund-raising goal because she feels the organization “give(s) you the fundamentals and core to be a responsible person at a young age.”
The Leap of Faith: Over the Edge for Girl Scouts
June 9 is Teen and Youth Day at Thursdays on First, and part of the festival is Over the Edge, when 76 Rochesterites will repel 9 stories down the US Bank Building. Each leap of faith will require the participant to raise $1,000 for the Girl Scout’s campaign. Participation requires no experience.
“I would like my nieces, and all girls, to not hold back in life,” says Rochester Civic Theatre’s Sinead Chic, one of the participants. She hopes her 119-foot descent will set a good example for others.
In similar fashion, Tori Utley, another rapeller, says “I want to make sure I’m doing the best I can with the influence I’ve been given – what better way than to inspire the next generation of world-changers, leaders, and helpers.”
If you go
What: Over the Edge for Girl Scouts
When: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. June 9
Where: Downtown Rochester