Girl Scouts Think Green

Girl Scouts Introduce Program Books with Environmental Focus at BookExpo


May 28, 2009

Michelle Tompkins
Girl Scouts of the USA

New York, N.Y. – This summer, the Girl Scouts of the USA is encouraging girls to be at the forefront of ecological stewardship by releasing a new set of leadership development books in the "Journeys" series. This year's series, entitled It's Your Planet – Love It!, focuses on the environment. The books, written for Girl Scouts and non-Girl Scouts alike will debut at BookExpo America (booth 444, Children's Pavilion), on May 28-31 in New York City. They will also be available for purchase online at www.girlscoutshop.com.

The collection of six publications or "Journeys" have been developed for girls grades K-12. These books, which encourage girls to play an active part in planning and decision-making, center on a different theme each year.

This year's collection tackles issues like preserving the world's water supply, creating innovations in energy usage, how our food network and food choices impact the environment and even forming an equation for what it will take to bring about environmental justice in our world. In every journey girls accept a challenge to take the lead in protecting the planet. It's Your Planet—Love It! promotes healthy living, collaborative learning and an interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) careers. The books' activities include outdoor adventures, hands-on science investigations and opportunities to "meet" prominent women and girls who are at work around the world on behalf of the environment. As girls journey through the challenges in the books, they earn Girl Scouting's prestigious new leadership pins and badges.

"We talked to girls and asked them what issues are most important to them and received an overwhelming response that protecting the environment is a top priority for young people," said Kathy Cloninger, CEO, Girl Scouts of the USA. "With this new Journey we saw an excellent opportunity to introduce girls to a broad range of environmental concerns, while empowering them to make an impact in their own communities."

It's Your Planet – Love It! is the second leadership Journey series for the Girl Scouts. Last year's series, It's Your World – Change It! helped girls understand what it means to be a leader who makes a difference in the world. The Journeys are part of the new Girl Scout Leadership Experience, a model that engages girls in discovering themselves, connecting with others, and taking action to make the world a better place.

Girl Scouts has exhibited at BookExpo America - North America's largest gathering of book trade professionals - for the past six years, and has partnered with some 800 retailers, book sellers and academic institutions since the 1920's. Today, Girl Scout items are sold in more than 1,000 retail locations, and the full Girl Scout merchandise line is available online at www.girlscoutshop.com.

About Girl Scouts
Founded in 1912, Girl Scouts of the USA is the preeminent leadership development organization for girls with 3.6 million girl and adult members worldwide. Girl Scouts is the leading authority on girls' healthy development, and builds girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place. The organization serves girls from every corner of the United States and its territories. Girls Scouts of the USA also serves American girls and their classmates attending American or international schools overseas in 90 countries. For more information on how to join, volunteer, reconnect or donate to Girl Scouts, call (800) GSUSA 4 U (800-478-7248) or visit www.girlscouts.org.