Present The Red Carpet Premiere of the Girls’ Leadership Programs:
Girls aged 10-14 inspired by Princeton-Blairstown Center to create their own programs
Girl Scout Troop 60518 in conjunction with the Princeton-Blairstown Center is presenting a “Red Carpet Premiere” of 4 newly-created PBC Girls’ Leadership Programs. These programs have been designed by Girl Scout Troop 60518, a group of 11 girls, aged 10 to 14, from Montgomery, NJ in conjunction with PBC and with the invaluable counsel of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
The girls have unveiled their leadership program designs before 75 family, friends, community leaders, Princeton-Blairstown Center Trustees and staff, Robert Wood Johnson staff, supporters and the general public. Their ideas all began with a focus on core leadership attributes that they believe are important – problem solving, communication, conflict resolution, self-reflection, goal setting and more. They used these attributes to build exciting outdoor adventure programs that will build confidence for girls as they uncover their own strengths and break through perceived limits.
Their newly created modules include:
- Dare to Discover Yourself – An introspective view of one’s own leadership journey
- Connect to Courage – Creative ways to lead teams and understand other’s perspectives
- Scientific Sleuths: Environmental Expedition – Outdoor science exploration for girls
- Spectacular Survival Skills – Preparedness for wilderness survival for girls
What began as an idea to create one program soon blossomed into four as the girls visited PBC’s Blairstown Campus and were inspired. During the design process, they did test runs of their programs at the Blairstown Campus, surprising themselves in the process as they did hiking, high-rope challenges, outdoor cooking, gardening, and even rappelling down a 35 foot dam. In addition to creating the programs, the Girls’ even made their own movie, which they are excited to share with the public at this special screening event.
Their test runs have been documented via photos and video and were unveiled at the Red Carpet event which took place on Tuesday, June 24, 2014, from 6pm to 8pm at the Arts Council of Princeton.
In September 2014, the girls’ leadership work will be featured on the International Day of the Girl (IDG) Summit website as part of the 11 Months of Action campaign. The IDG Summit was co-founded by Sage Girl and iTwixie.com in October 2012 to commemorate the 1st International Day of the Girl on October 11th. Since its founding, the IDG Summit has attracted over 12,000 users from 85 countries with signature initiatives including: 11 Months of Action, 11 Days of Action, Girls Speak Out at the United Nations, and LIVE video webcast of IDG celebrations from around the world.
The Girls Leadership Program will be featured on the IDG Summit site (www.DayoftheGirlSummit.org) from September 1 – September 30th as part of the 11 Months of Action. IDG Summit members will be encouraged to take action, become leaders, and build solidarity across borders. Each week, IDG will highlight one of the lesson plans from the Girls Leadership Program and engage IDG Summit members via social media. The goal is to leverage the Girls Leadership activities in the build up to the 3rd Annual International Day of the Girl on October 11th.
Members of the Girl Scout Troop will be invited to attend the Girls Speak Out at the United Nations on Friday, October 10th. The Girls Speak Out will feature girls’ stories of leadership and social change around the world; it attracts over 500 girls from the NYC region and includes prominent members of the UN community.
PBC is an independent nonprofit with a mission to transform the lives of vulnerable young people through integrated experiential and adventure-based programming in schools and at our Blairstown Campus near the Delaware Water Gap. We collaborate with schools, university partners, and community-based agencies to develop in youth deepened self-awareness, responsible decision-making, teamwork, and leadership skills. Our wide variety of year-round, multi-service programs serve over 4,000 students from the Mid-Atlantic states.