NASA and Girl Scouts Go Way Back

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On March 12, Girl Scouts across Texas gathered during their lunch breaks and shared a special moment to honor Juliette Gordon Low, founder of the Girl Scout Movement, and each other., Girl Scout alumnae at JSC came together for a Girl Scout 100th anniversary luncheon. The group enjoyed a brief presentation about what girls have accomplished in the last century and what great moments are on the horizon. Each attendee got to share Thin Mint cookies along with their favorite Girl Scout memory in honor of the event’s “1912-2012, Then to Now” theme.

Among the attendees there were a mix of ages. Some are still heavily involved in Girl Scouts as troop moms and cookie moms. Some are local, some from other parts of the country, “and a few were from outside the U.S., which is known as Girl Guides,” said Linda Thomas, XO/EVA Flight/Increment Manager and Girl Scout event coordinator at JSC.

“The Girl Scouts are known to be the largest girl-led business in the country,” Thomas said. “I remember when cookies were just $.50 a box, and now they’re $4 a box. Times have definitely changed.”

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Girl Scouts. On March 12, 1912, Juliette Gordon Low founded the Girl Scout Movement to empower girls to be capable and successful women. Low brought girls of all backgrounds into the outdoors and gave them an opportunity to develop self-reliance and resourcefulness, skills to last a lifetime. In 1912, the Girl Scout Law included, “a Girl Scout is a friend to all and a sister to every other girl Scout no matter to what social class she may belong.”

Thomas said a Girl Scout group at JSC is in the works and will plan to meet periodically. Announcements will be submitted to JSC Today as it becomes official.

Girl Scouts of the USA’s 2011 National Council Session/52nd convention

The event took place last November at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, which kicked off their year-long celebration of the Girl Scouts 100th anniversary with a space theme. These conventions are only held every three years.

“Instead of ‘Houston, we have a problem,’ they used ‘Houston, we have a party,’” said Vicki Kloeris, JSC food scientist. “They used the space theme as part of their advertising for the convention since it was held in Houston.”

Kloeris was one of the representatives at the NASA booth, one of the many exhibitors there, “passing out giveaways and information about the space program, science and STEM-promotion.” Approximately 10,000 Girl Scouts were greeted at the NASA booth over the course of the convention, Kloeris said.

Neesha Hosein
Johnson Space Center, Houston

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