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Summer Reading List

June 19, 2017

Ah Summer! A time to unwind by the pool and stay cool during those hot and humid months. What better time to put down the textbooks and dive right into an engaging story?

We have gathered up some great summer reads for Girl Scouts that are looking for girl powered stories. All of the books have strong female characters that show their true G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, and Leader). The female leads within the books have life-changing leadership opportunities, develop a strong sense of self, engage in innovative problem-solving, show fearlessness in the face of adversity, and demonstrate inclusion and collaboration across all facets of their lives – just like a Girl Scout!

*Please be advised that content may not be suited for all ages. It is ultimately up to the guardian and girl to determine what books and reading material are of interest and appropriate.

Younger Girls

Rosie the Revere, EngineerAges 5-8

Rosie may seem quiet during the day, but at night she’s a brilliant inventor of gizmos and gadgets who dreams of becoming a great engineer. When her great-great-aunt Rose (Rosie the Riveter) comes for a visit and mentions her one unfinished goal—to fly—Rosie sets to work building a contraption to make her aunt’s dream come true. But when her contraption doesn’t fly but rather hovers for a moment and then crashes, Rosie deems the invention a failure. On the contrary, Aunt Rose insists that Rosie’s contraption was a raging success: you can only truly fail, she explains, if you quit.

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Grace For PresidentAges 6-8

When Grace’s teacher reveals that the United States has never had a female president, Grace decides to be the first. And she immediately starts off her political career as a candidate the school’s mock election!

Author Kelly DiPucchio not only gives readers a fun introduction to the American electoral system, but also teaches them the value of hard work, courage, and independent thought–and offers an inspiring example of how to choose our leaders.

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Detective Camp, Super Edition 1Ages 6-9

Welcome to summer camp for detectives! The kids can’t wait to spend a week following clues and learning about the science of crime solving. Soon all the campers are working on a mystery. But while Dink, Josh, and Ruth Rose are figuring out their part of the puzzle, they stumble onto something suspicious. Could a real crime be happening at detective camp?

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Roxie and the HooligansAge 8-10

Do not panic. Lord Thistlebottom’s Book of Pitfalls and How to Survive Them has taught Roxie Warbler how to handle all sorts of situations. If Roxie’s ever lost in the desert, or buried in an avalanche, or caught in a dust storm, she knows just what to do. But Lord Thistlebottom has no advice to help Roxie deal with Helvetia’s Hooligans, the meanest band of bullies in school.

Then Roxie finds herself stranded on a deserted island with not only the Hooligans but also a pair of crooks on the lam, and her survival skills may just save the day — and turn the Hooligans into surprising allies.

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Older Girls 

Dealing with DragonsAge 10-12

Meet Princess Cimorene–a princess who refuses to be proper. She is everything a princess is not supposed to be: headstrong, tomboyish, smart…and bored. So bored that she runs away to live with a dragon. And not just any dragon, but Kazul–one of the most powerful and dangerous dragons arounds. Of course, Cimorene has a way of meeting a variety of interest characters, and soon she’s coping with a witch, a jinni, a talking bird, a stone prince, and some wizards.

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The Hired Girl Ages 12-17

Fourteen-year-old Joan Skraggs, just like the heroines in her beloved novels, yearns for real life and true love. But what hope is there for adventure, beauty, or art on a hardscrabble farm in Pennsylvania where the work never ends? Over the summer of 1911, Joan pours her heart out into her diary as she seeks a new, better life for herself—because maybe, just maybe, a hired girl cleaning and cooking for six dollars a week can become what a farm girl could only dream of—a woman with a future. Newbery Medalist Laura Amy Schlitz relates Joan’s journey from the muck of the chicken coop to the comforts of a society household in Baltimore (Electricity! Carpet sweepers! Sending out the laundry!), taking readers on an exploration of feminism and housework; religion and literature; love and loyalty; cats, hats, and bunions.

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The Running Dream –  Ages 12-17 

Jessica thinks her life is over when she loses a leg in a car accident. She’s not comforted by the news that she’ll be able to walk with the help of a prosthetic leg. Who cares about walking when you live to run? As she struggles to cope with crutches and a first cyborg-like prosthetic, Jessica feels oddly both in the spotlight and invisible. People who don’t know what to say, act like she’s not there. Which she could handle better if she weren’t now keenly aware that she’d done the same thing herself to a girl with CP named Rosa. A girl who is going to tutor her through all the math she’s missed. A girl who sees right into the heart of her. With the support of family, friends, a coach, and her track teammates, Jessica may actually be able to run again. But that’s not enough for her now. She doesn’t just want to cross finish lines herself—she wants to take Rosa with her.

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Harry Potter Series –  All ages

Hermione Granger is a Muggle-born, Gryffindor student who becomes best friends with Harry Potter and Ron Weasley. From the start of the series Hermione is a strong female lead and really shows her inner go-getter with her drive to succeed. She saves Harry and Ron countless times during the series, but her most heroic act is saving her parents.

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Lifelong Girl Scout Celebrates 80 Years of Building Confidence, Courage, And Character

June 12, 2017

In 1937, Lois “Lofi” Hirschman joined Girl Scouts when she was just 10 years old. Growing up with a learning disability, Lofi found it difficult to fit in during sports, dance, and school. But after joining Girl Scouts, she found her “safe place,” a judgement-free zone where she has continued to fully embrace the Girl Scout Promise and Law for the past 80 years.

Girl Scout Promise:

On my honor, I will try: To serve God and my country, To help people at all times, And to live by the Girl Scout Law.

Girl Scout Law:

I will do my best to be honest and fair, friendly and helpful, considerate and caring, courageous and strong, and responsible for what I say and do, and to respect myself and others, respect authority, use resources wisely, make the world a better place, and be a sister to every Girl Scout. 

Lofi felt a sense of belonging at Girl Scouts and the Movement gave her what she needed to feel encouraged and accepted during difficult times. Girl Scouts provided her and continues to provide every girl the Girl Scout Leadership Experience – a collection of activities and experiences girls have while they earn badges, sell cookies, go on exciting trips, explore the outdoors, and so much more that make the world a better place.

Throughout the years, Lofi continued her passion for Girl Scouts by serving as several roles including a member of the board, a service unit director, and a troop leader.

As a troop leader, Lofi was an advocate for diversity amongst the girls in her troop – whether that was ethnicity, age, or religion. She continues to believe that all girls can learn from each other and help them better understand others perspective.

“I want people to understand others and help other people”

“People are fascinating.”

Lofi served many troops throughout her many years of service and always vowed to allow girls to choose their journeys and to provide them with new opportunities that they otherwise wouldn’t have the chance to do. She believes in the power of learning by doing – when leaders take a step back and allow the girls to take charge, they will be able to learn from each other and “learn to respect others’ ideas.”

From impromptu activities on trips, to serving girls from seven different countries in her troop at once, to advocating and helping those with disabilities – Lofi has made an impact on not only on the girls she has served, but to their families, other volunteers, and the councils.

And at almost 90 years old, Lofi believes that the Girl Scout program is still just as important today as it was 80 years ago. As a lifelong advocate for the girl-led movement, she states that she “dreams in green” and believes that every girl is worthy of the Girl Scout experience.

Lofi continues to share many stories about her troops and how she implemented girl-led experiences and made the best of each meeting, trip, and journey. Her desire to see girls across many generations succeed and learn new skill sets continues to put a smile on her face.

Girl Scouts continues to remain a vast part of Lofi’s life as she displays her Girl Scout memorabilia and awards in every single room of her house.

 

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She continues to write about Girl Scouting, attend Girl Scout council events, and credits Girl Scout founder, Juliette Gordon Low, as one of the role models that has allowed her to have a social life, provided her with ethics for family, and showed her to always do what is right.

Lofi was recognized for her 80 years of commitment by Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines at the councils 10th Annual Meeting that was held on Saturday, March 4 in Greenville, NC.

 

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