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The 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.
The 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.
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Girl Scouts of Central Indiana service centers 855.GSCIN.4U | 317.924.6800
Girl Scout Service Center at Bloomington 1000 N Walnut St, Suite I Bloomington, IN 47404
Girl Scout Service Center at Kokomo 815 W Superior St Kokomo, IN 46901
Girl Scout Service Center at Columbus 1300 Hutchins Ave Columbus, IN 47201
Girl Scout Service Center at Lafayette 8439 State Rd 26 E Lafayette, IN 47905
Girl Scout Service Center at Daleville 13555 W CR 550 S P.O. Box 587 Daleville, IN 47334
Girl Scout Service Center at Richmond 3765 National Rd E Richmond, IN 47374
Girl Scout Service Center at Indianapolis Ste 100 2611 Waterfront Parkway E Dr Indianapolis, IN 46214
Girl Scout Service Center at Terre Haute 1100 Girl Scout Ln Terre Haute, IN 47807
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Board of directors Board officers Crystal Livers-Powers, Chair
Diana Sullivan, 2nd Vice Chair
Carolyn Bunzendahl, 1st Vice Chair
Blaire Dougherty, Treasurer Dr. Nicole Harper, Secretary
Members-at-large Dr. Katasha Butler
James Nickens, Jr.
Elizabeth Helms, APRN, BC
Raehanna Hydre Yusoff
Dr. Terry Whitt Bailey
Sarah Kendall Elizabeth Kmiec Shelly Langona Deborah Lyons, MSN, RN, NE-BC 4 2015 Girl Scouts of Central Indiana
Leadership report In 2015, Girl Scouts of Central Indiana realized its dream of building a Home of Our Own, committed to building the next generation of leaders. In the very near future, volunteers from across central Indiana, dedicated to inspiring girls’ lives, will be able to meet at Girl Scouts of Central Indiana’s Leadership and Learning Center to share ideas, bond as leaders, and renew their passion for discovery, connection and action. While the Leadership and Learning Center is a new building, it is not a novel concept to Girl Scouts of Central Indiana. Each and every day our volunteers, community supporters, donors, alumnae and staff are building girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. Several significant stories happened in 2015—33 girls received the Girl Scout Gold Award, nearly 36,000 girls had the opportunity to try new things, develop leadership skills and make new friends, and several thousand volunteers introduced girls to new experiences, showing girls they are capable of more than they ever imagined. We continue to work diligently, ensuring girls receive the necessary tools and skills to succeed and to embrace the incredible opportunities and challenges that await our girls at every corner. Warmest regards,
Crystal Livers-Powers Board Chair
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Leadership Board Chair Crystal Livers-Powers Chief Executive Officer Deborah Hearn Smith
Jurisdiction Girl Scouts of Central Indiana provides girls in 45 counties in central Indiana with the opportunity to make new friends, develop leadership skills and serve the community.
had the opportunity to try new things, develop leadership skills and make new friends through Girl Scouts in 2015.
of girls we serve are economically challenged.
Girl Scouts of Central Indiana provided
$300,305 in financial assistance to girls and troops.
women and men volunteers introduced girls to new experiencesâ€”and show them theyâ€™re capable of more than they ever imagined.
The best thing about being a troop leader is watching girls grow. A girl in my troop told me that she made her best friends through Girl Scouts. - Sarah Stiles, Volunteer
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Girl Scout Gold Award
Girl Scout Silver Award
Girl Scout Bronze Award
In 2015, 33 Girl Scout Seniors and Ambassadors earned the highest award in Girl Scouting. Their projects ranged from building handicap accessible gardens, to writing curriculum and filming educational videos providing a behind the scenes look at NASA.
234 Girl Scout Cadettes earned the Girl Scout Silver Award in 2015. To earn this honor, a Girl Scout Cadette must show that she is a leader who is organized, determined, and dedicated to making a positive impact in her community and a difference in the world.
The Girl Scout Bronze Award is the highest honor a Girl Scout Junior can earn. In 2015, 623 Girl Scouts Juniors worked with their troops to plan and complete a project. Through earning this award, girls develop more confidence, and make a difference in the community.
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Program activities In 2015, 501 program activities were offered, providing 14,543 girls and 7,909 adults with the opportunity to try something new, like building a website using code; creating a compass and orienteering in nature; moving and grooving at a zumba dance party; and drawing with chalk pastels, charcoal and graphite.
Girl Scout Cookie Program In 2015, 17,003 girls learned the 5 Skills through selling Girl Scout Cookies with the support of 3,118 volunteers. Goal setting Decision making Money management People skills
Volunteers During 2015, 298 adult learning sessions were offered, and 3,588 volunteers received education to better serve girls.
Camp In 2015, 6,170 girls attended summer resident and day camp, while 15,543 girls, adults and family members had an outdoor experience at one of Girl Scouts of Central Indianaâ€™s five camp properties.
Operation: Cookie Drop Community members across central Indiana donated
packages of Girl Scout Cookies to active and retired military men and women.
I learned that the simple words, â€œWould you like to buy a box of Girl Scout Cookies?â€? can open a lot of doors. It made me feel confident, proud and smart. - Girl Scout Cadette, Sabrina
Food pantry project Girl Scout families and friends donated 4,284 cans of fall product items to food pantries across central Indiana.
Girls gave approximately hours of service to their communities. That equals a lot of girl power: 18 years , 9 months and 23 days
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On the trail towards healthy habits There’s no better way to get your troop excited about healthy, active lifestyles than to walk the walk. Just like families who benefit from being active and sharing meals together— Girl Scout troops who share healthy snacks and discuss fun ways to get more exercise together will have fun in the process and likely stick to it. Encouraging girls to live a healthy and active lifestyle is an important component of Girl Scouting. We have made it a little easier for Girl Scouts, volunteers and staff to live a healthy lifestyle by creating an interactive Fitness Trail at Camp Dellwood. While health and fitness have been part of Girl Scouting since girls ran foot races in 1912, it has become clear that girls are far more active and athletic than ever before. In support of girls’ pursuits to participate in various healthy living activities that give them choice and flexibility, designing and constructing a fitness trail was a natural decision. When girls visit Camp Dellwood, they now have the opportunity of participating in a variety of fun outdoor activities, from walking or running to doing a pull up or push-up. 8 2015 Girl Scouts of Central Indiana
Girl Scouts learn to take care of their bodies. Through earning each grade level badge, girls learn what fitness, food and fun they need to lead a strong life.
By using the existing footprint of Camp Dellwood, we were able to design a fitness trail that utilizes the lush existing scenery and land. The trail includes five unique fitness stations and is about one mile long. Each station is formed to target a different type of exercise. Signage posted near each piece of equipment describes how to perform the exercise on the equipment. The fitness trail is open to all camp visitors and works for all fitness levels. Participants can adjust their pace based on their ability level. We are thankful to everyone who supported the creation of the fitness trail. Thank you to Pacers Sports and Entertainment, Susan Williams, CHAMPS Program and the Summer Youth Program Fund.
From a Student, for a Student: A Suicide Prevention Guide
Maya Naomi Booth Maya graduated from Pike High School and attends Indiana University Bloomington. She is studying speech pathology and audiology. She is the daughter of Meg and James Booth.
After witnessing firsthand the impact that suicide can have on a high school community, Maya wanted to find a way to provide tools for her high school peers to discuss the topic and find resources they need to get help and support. She began by working with local mental healthcare workers to create a presentation covering the warning signs for suicide; fallacies surrounding suicide; treatments for depression and suicidal thoughts; and compiled a list of local resources. She delivered the presentation to a group of her peers and created a digital version of the presentation that has been shared with local high schools, so it could be used by guidance counselors.
Students wrote the word â€œLoveâ€? to show support of To Write Love on Her Arms, a non-profit movement dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury and suicide. 2015 Girl Scouts of Central Indiana 9
Science on the go Earlier this year, our Girl Scout family lost friend and supporter Mrs. Elmira Annis. She and her husband were long time advocates of STEM education. Through the years, the generosity of Mrs. Annis and the R.B. Annis Educational Foundation could be felt at Girl Scouts of Central Indiana. The Math and Science Van that so many girls enjoy, would not have been possible were it not for Mrs. Annis. She believed in our mission and the work that is done each and every day. In November, we were pleasantly surprised when we found out that Mrs. Annis gifted Girl Scouts of Central Indiana $120,000 through her estate. While we miss our good friend, her gift will continue to help provide programming so important to girls. Because of the generous donations from Mrs. Elmira Annis and from the Westin Foundation, Clara Fairbanks Foundation, Vigo Dodge, Mr. Jerry Johnson and the Vigo County community who helped us purchase our first STEM van, we are able to bring fun learning activities to children in the community at minimal cost to them. Currently, our vans are equipped to provide a hands-on forensic laboratory experience, providing groups the opportunity to be detectives and the challenge of solving a crime. 10 2015 Girl Scouts of Central Indiana
In 2015 the STEM van delivered fun activities to 2,035 girls through activities like these: Bubble Fest • Girls created HUGE bubbles, used different tools to create and measure their bubbles and even created a wall of bubbles. Challenger Learning Center • Girls experienced the excitement of space exploration and learned about what it is like to work on a space shuttle. They even discovered why NASA calls “Houston” when they have a problem. They created a comet, investigated falling particles and worked with acids and bases. Mystery Festival Detective Badge • Girls took on the role of being forensic scientists as they worked to solve the mystery. They worked with fingerprints, Ph testing and fiber analysis to close the case. Science of Color • Girls explored the exciting world of chemistry and color by experimenting with color mixing, chemical reactions and art. Shake’n Up Science • Girls worked together to clone some of their favorite shakes, smoothies and sodas. Using some of professional food hacker Todd Wilbur’s recipes, girls recreated some of our favorite name-brand drinks.
Space, Spinoffs, and STEM
Lauren Leigh Phillips Lauren graduated from Zionsville Community High School and attends Bryn Mawr College and studies Anthropology. She is the daughter of Tracy and Scott Phillips.
Lauren longed to get students excited about science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and to share with them the new gains through the NASA program. Lauren filmed educational videos that give a behind the scenes look at NASA and highlighted points of historical significance. With help from NASA educators, local elementary and middle school teachers, Lauren constructed and piloted a curriculum that can be used in the classroom. She also created a website and YouTube channel with activities that stimulate excitement in STEM. Learn more and join the fun: STEMEdLauren.org
Lauren shot video from the NASA Mission Control at Johnson Space Center in Houston. She interacted with controllers as they communicated with astronauts on the International Space Station.
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Matching Gift Program Kelly Schneider, troop leader of Cadette Troop 2547, knows how to maximize her financial donations. Her troop wanted to do something big for Operation: Cookie Drop, so they prepared a presentation for Kellyâ€™s colleagues at Salesforce. In their presentation they shared with attendees the skills they learned through the Girl Scout Cookie Program and how customer donations not only benefit Girl Scouts, but also active and retired military men and women. Through their efforts, Troop 2547 collected $588 from Salesforce staff for Operation: Cookie Drop. Because Salesforce has a corporate matching gift program, they matched the money raised from staff for Operation: Cookie Drop and made a matching donation to Girl Scouts of Central Indiana. Follow Kelly Schneiderâ€™s lead, and check with your human resources office about their matching gift program. Contact Charlitta Winston to learn how your gift can make an impact on the lives of girls in Central Indiana. 317.924.6838 @
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Oh, what a box of Thin Mints can do Girl Scout Board Member Sarah Kendall shares what motivated her to join Girl Scouts and reflects on the leadership skills she has learned and opportunities she has experienced as a Girl Scout. Who doesn’t countdown the days until Girl Scout Cookie season? The Girl Scout Cookie Program is one of the most exciting opportunities available to Girl Scouts. This is the ninth season I have participated in the Girl Scout Cookie Program, and I am a #cookieboss. If you were to ask me why I joined Girl Scouts in third grade, I would tell you I joined Girl Scouts so I could sell Girl Scout Cookies.
Sarah Kendall Sarah is a Girl Scout board member and a senior at Avon High School. She plans to attend Ball State University and study sports administration and public relations. She is the daughter of Heather and John Kendall.
When I was a Girl Scout Cadette, the patch I received for selling Girl Scout Cookies read, “What can a cookie do? More than you see!” I could not agree more! Through the Girl Scout Cookie Program, girls learn what we call the 5 Skills: goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills and business ethics. Selling Girl Scout Cookies is a true team effort. In eighth grade, my troop and I decided to use the money we had earned over several years to go on a trip together to St. Louis, MO. This is one of the highlights of my Girl Scout career. It was one of the most fun trips I’ve been on! We went to the Gateway Arch, and some of us even rode in the tiny elevators all the way to the top! We explored the museum, which was really cool. We also went to the St. Louis Zoo, and learned about the animals that were on exhibit. My troop hosts an event called Fun-O-Ree every year for Girl Scouts in the Avon service unit. We decided that each year we would forgo our Girl Scout Cookie incentives and save our proceeds from our cookie sales to put on Fun-O-Ree and other service projects. Girls learn a lot leading up to the event and continue learning as they are competing in the activities and challenges. Girls can compete in skilled events like fire building, knots, orienteering and first aid. I love that we do this, because I know that even younger Girl Scouts enjoy. It’s worth all the hard work we put in to selling Girl Scout Cookies. 2015 Girl Scouts of Central Indiana 13
Make way for the next generation of women leaders We broke ground on the Girl Scout Leadership and Learning Center in the summer of 2015, and our new home is well under construction. Past the gravel drive of Camp Dellwood, the construction site can be seen. Exterior and interior walls are going up around the stone fireplace. The staircase ascends to the second floor and the space is being divided into rooms.
by to visit the new Showcase, and pick up something for the Girl Scout in your life. If you are an adult volunteer or are interested in being a cheerleader, guide, and mentor, helping girls to develop skills and confidence that will last a lifetime, our volunteer services staff is ready to discuss your interests and arrange a training development plan just for you.
For all of this, we want to say thank you to everyone who has made a contribution and invested in the future success of Girl Scouts of Central Indiana. We thank our Indiana community of friends, corporate partners, Girl Scout troops and their families who have joined us in making the Leadership and Learning Center a reality for our adult volunteers. Girl Scouts of Central Indiana will move into the building by early fall, and we will be open for business after Labor Day weekend. We encourage you to stop
We are ready to greet and work with you at the Girl Scout Leadership and Learning Center. Again, we thank you all for your continued support.
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If you have not made your donation to the Leadership and Learning Center, you still have time. Please contact Charlitta Winston, capital campaign manager, at 855.GSCIN.4U or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dollars and cents
Financials Contributions and grants
5% 2% 1%
Program service fees United Way allocations Investment income
53% Product programs
Girl Scouts of Central Indiana continues to have strong financial results. In accordance with the highest standards for non-profit financial management, 84 cents of every dollar provides programming for girls.
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Courage • Confidence • Character