Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Girl Scout National Headquarters, NYC

We took a trip to the Girl Scout National Headquarters in New York City. It is located at 420 Fifth Avenue, but the entrance is on 37th Street. The Girl Scouts of the USA are on several floors in this building.

The morning was filled with meeting people in different departments such as Older Girl Awards, where we discussed my Bronze Award and my visions for the Silver and Gold Awards. The woman in charge showed us the GSUSA website where they have Map-It, an online map that pinpoints award winners and a description of their projects. This online resource will come in handy when Silver Award planning time arrives.

We spent time in the Global department, where we discussed Girl Scouts Overseas and Global Girl Scouting.

We talked about the four World Centers, Destinations, Girl Scouts Overseas, and Girl Guides in other countries. We also examined gifts from visitors from other countries - there were so many! I also got to pick out a swap - a Girl Guide patch from Australia.

The Executive Offices were next, including a tour of the President's office and the office of the CEO Anna Maria Chavez. The offices were beautiful, especially the CEO's office! I received patches from both the CEO and President, and learned that the CEO's nickname is "Eagle 1," which she also uses on Twitter!

We also saw the first Girl Scout Banner

and the Girl Scout National Archives, which stays at a constant 64 degrees F in order to preserve the papers. This section is accessible by the public, and many use it for research.

The Girl Scout National Archives is in part of the Girl Scout Museum, which was opened in 1987, and contains materials, equipment, uniforms, and other memorabilia from the early years to present day.

We also spent time in Marketing and Product Development, looking at presentations of new packaging for nut containers and cookie boxes, and participated in a focus group about developing GS branded clothing and jewelry products. We also saw braille versions of The Girl's Guide to Girl Scouting, ate lunch in the cafeteria, and spent time (and money) in the GS shop. It was great to meet so many people and tour GSUSA - a fun trip!

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