One afternoon after listening to my usual Mark and Brian in the morning on KLOS 95.5 here in Los Angeles, I had an idea. It was cookie selling time and I wondered if the radio station could add some Girl Scout cookies to one of their giveaways. As it turns out they couldn't, but I did ask if my troop could go on a tour of the radio station and they said sure. I was very excited and started to think how I could incorporate this into a educational trip for my troop. We are working on a Journey and it hit me that this could be part of our Journey! The Journey we are working on is called Breathe and is about air, so radio = airwaves = fun fieldtrip and fulfilling some requirements! The excitement of getting to go on a tour was huge for me and then the folks at the radio station added one more thing; would my girls like to go on the air and be interviewed by Cynthia Fox for her Community Spotlight series? Yes, we would!! KLOS and Cynthia gave us a day I hope the girls never forget! When we got to the station, we were taken directly to Cynthia who was on-the-air herself at the time. We got to be in the studio with her as she broadcasted. So cool! While she finished her show we got a VIP tour of the station, all the departments and the green rooms. Then we were taken into the KABC studio and got to record our interview. The girls and myself were nervous and shy, but overall I think we did awesome. We got to talk about our reasons for being in Girl Scouts, what kind of things we do for activites and most importantly community service. We had the chance to talk about our current community service project for an Orphanage in Mozambique. It was so great to share that and be a part of such a fun radio experience. Many thanks to KLOS, Cynthia Fox and everyone at the station for treating us like rock stars! You can listen to our podcast on KLOS.com at Cynthia Fox's Community Spotlight.
For those leaders and girls working on a Journey I know you are finding them exciting and daunting at the same time. Change is always hard. Those of you not starting on a Journey yet- you will and my advice to you is to be as creative as possible and get the girls involved!! The Breathe Journey my girls picked is all about air; air quality, air pollution, anything that can alert the girls to the importance of the air around us. We have done alot of fun things like aromatherapy, ziplining, flying kites, science experiments and jumping on trampolines. We are also deciding on what the girls want to share with others to help make the world a better place to breathe in. This is their Journey- so we find ways to make it fun and interesting. If you are just starting out there are lots of ways already to do Journey activities outside your meetings. Disney Youth Education already has some fun stuff planned, and they are just one. Many places are planning activities now and should have them ready by the 2011-2012 Girl Scout year.
I will be doing more articles just about Journeys- so please check back for that.
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