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Local Girl Scouts celebrate 99 years of making a difference in eastern Missouri


St. Louis, MO – Oct. 26, 2017 – For the first time, Aria Pelikan, a 9-year-old Girl Scout Brownie, is joining thousands of Girl Scouts and their families at America’s Center for Shades of Green 2017, the largest celebration of Girl Scouts in eastern Missouri. The last time Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri hosted the event in 2007, Pelikan wasn’t born yet.

“Shades of Green 2017: Tradition Meets Innovation” is being presented by Wells Fargo and offers Girl Scouts like Pelikan and their families the opportunity to get together and have fun while commemorating the impact of nearly a hundred years of Girl Scouting in eastern Missouri. More than 100 hands-on, interactive activities, displays, exhibitions and performances are available throughout the day. Girl Scouts will code in JavaScript to build movement in Angry Birds, practice self-defense, zip miles overhead using the virtual reality zipline and learn the mechanics behind aerodynamics.  

An opening ceremony will take place and includes welcome remarks from Sylvia Acevedo, Girl Scouts of the USA CEO and Sophia Dominquez-Heithoff, a Missouri native, Gold Award Girl Scout and Miss Teen USA 2017. Martin Casas, Assistant to St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson, will also be at the opening ceremony and present a proclamation stating Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017 is the day of “Shades of Green 2017: Tradition Meets Innovation.”

Pelikan has big plans when she’s at America’s Center this Saturday. In between launching air-powered rockets and participating in a forensics examination through a crash scene reconstruction activity, she’ll take part in the long-standing Girl Scout tradition of crafting S.W.A.P.S, a keepsake exchange with new friends. 

“Shades of Green 2017 is about creating unforgettable experiences for our Girl Scouts as they gain inspiration, tools to empower themselves, and the know-how to lead change in their communities,” said Bonnie Barczykowski, Chief Executive Officer of Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri. “We are grateful to Wells Fargo, Ameren, BJC HealthCare and Emerson for their continued commitment to girl leadership development. Our Girl Scouts are constantly taking on new challenges—they’re participating in archeology digs, designing and coding apps and building underwater robots. It’s their day to celebrate being a G.I.R.L (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-Taker, Leader)TM.”

For more information including an entire list of sponsors, vendors and performances visit girlscoutsem.org/shadesofgreen.

About Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri

The Girl Scout Council of Greater St. Louis, chartered by Girl Scouts of the USA, began in 1918 with a troop of 11 girls. Almost a century later, Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri serves more than 40,000 girls in the City of St. Louis and 28 surrounding counties: St. Charles, Jefferson, Franklin, Iron, Lincoln, Reynolds, Ste. Genevieve, St. Francois, Washington, Crawford, Warren, Macon, Adair, Sullivan and Putnam.

More than 15,000 adult volunteers – men and women – help prepare girls for a lifetime of leadership by cheering them on as they grow in courage, confidence and character. Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri partners with 145 Program Collaborators providing all girls the opportunity to participate in programs like:

  • Girl Scout Cookie Program – A money management program helping girls create positive changes in their communities. In 2017, more than 70,000 packages of cookies were donated as a “taste of home” to military members.
  • April Showers – This year, Girl Scouts from eastern Missouri collected more than 1.3 million personal care items and distributed them to local food pantries and shelters with the help of Operation Food Search. 
  • Camp Fury STL – An emergency response immersion camp for high-school aged Girl Scouts and the first of its kind in the Midwest. Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri partnered with several local fire and law enforcement departments to bring this action-packed camp to life.
  • Girl Scout Gold Award – This past June, 48 Girl Scouts were honored at a Reflections ceremony that took place at Lindenwood University in St. Charles. The Gold Award is the highest achievement in Girl Scouting and represent leadership journeys that help girls develop confidence, connect with others and take action to complete a civic-service project.