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“We Are … Girl Scouts Across Time:" Celebrating the Year of the Girl

2/17/2012 —

Two thousand and twelve has been declared the Year of the Girl and Penn State Brandywine is joining the celebration. The campus’ Laboratory for Civic Engagement is hosting a Girl Scouts of America Time Capsule Project in honor of the organization’s 100-year anniversary. The capsule creation will take place in March, to coincide with the campus’ Women’s History Month celebrations. 

Laura Guertin, associate professor of Earth sciences and head of the Laboratory for Civic Engagement, has named the program “We Are … Girl Scouts Across Time: The Girl Scout Time Capsule Project.”

“The goal of the project is to invite students, staff, faculty and alumni to write a statement about their Girl Scout experience or their thoughts about the impact of Girl Scouts USA,” Guertin wrote on her blog (http://engage.bw.psu.edu).

On Monday, March 12, the community is invited to write or drop off a letter to be enclosed in the capsule. The next day, Guertin will host the “Show-and-Tell Sealing Ceremony” from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. During this event, the capsule will be hidden somewhere on campus until it is unsealed and reopened in 25 years—the Girl Scouts' 125th anniversary. Both events will take place in the Tomezsko Classroom Building Lounge. Letters can also be submitted online at http://tinyurl.com/girlscouttimecapsule for those who are unable to visit campus.

A few faculty and student Girl Scout troop leaders have arranged for their girls to help with the project and be present for the “burial” of the capsule. Guertin and the troop leaders are working to create a special civic engagement badge for the girls’ green sashes to reward their hard work.

To get involved, contact Laura Guertin at 610-892-1427 or via email at engage@bw.psu.edu.

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