Girl Scouts See a Future that Breaks the Sound Barrier and Escapes the Atmosphere


October 25, 2004

Marion F. Swan
Girl Scouts of the USA
(212) 852-8012

New York, NY—Can you imagine experiencing the life of a fighter pilot or the commander of the space shuttle. On July 3, 2005, three hundred Girl Scouts ages 12-18 will find out what it is like to pilot a fighter jet and experience life on the space shuttle or aboard the International Space Station. For two weeks these young ladies will undergo rigorous and eye-opening training at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center® in Huntsville, Alabama.

Aviation Challenge® will be the focus of the first week. Sitting at the controls of high performance jet simulators, they will earn their wings, learning how to fly high and crawl low. To earn their second set of wings, the girls will spend their second week getting on the fast track to being an astronaut. At Space Camp® they will get firsthand experience in a variety of roles including being a member of mission control, serving as part of the crew or the commander of a space shuttle, and being a resident of the International Space Station.

Girl Scouts has been encouraging girls to break career barriers since introducing a Girl Scout Flyer Badge in 1913. Today's Girl Scouts can earn over 90 awards that focus on science, math, engineering, and technology. With this new opportunity, they will learn that the world of aviation and aerospace exploration is wide open and that they can play an integral role in these exciting careers that break the sound barrier and escape the atmosphere.

About Girl Scouts of the USA

Girl Scouts of the USA is the preeminent organization for girls, and has more than 3.8 million girl and adult members. Now in its 92nd year, Girl Scouting cultivates values, social conscience, and self-esteem in girls, while teaching them the critical life skills to succeed as adults. In Girl Scouting, girls discover the fun, friendship, and power of girls together. The organization strives to serve girls from every corner of the United States, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. For more information on this exciting STUDIO 2BSM destination, visit Aerospace Career Explorer or Astronaut Fast Track on the STUDIO 2B Web site.