For Immediate Release
January 5, 2009
Contact: Nancy Wood, 202-274-3304
Ten Ways Girls Can Celebrate the Inauguration
Girl Scouts Offers Fun Tips
WASHINGTON- The upcoming Presidential Inauguration is drawing great interest from girls. They are tuning in, not only because of the historic significance, but also according to a study by Girl Scouts of the USA: Change It Up! What Girls Say About Redefining Leadership, girls set the bar very high for what it takes to be a leader. They aspire to leadership roles that are purpose driven and oriented towards social change.
The Girl Scout Council of the Nation's Capital is the preeminent leadership development organization for girls. According to Lidia Soto-Harmon, Deputy Executive Director, "We know that the more girls are exposed to leadership experiences, the more likely they will seek out leadership roles as adults. Our girls, many not yet old enough to vote, were nonetheless excited about the presidential elections, and we would like to sustain their curiosity."
Girl Scout Council of the Nation's Capital offers the following tips to help girls get involved with the inauguration:
Read articles in your local newspaper about the inauguration.
Visit www.inauguration.gov for more information about events.
Learn the Presidential Oath of Office.
Learn the three branches of government.
Learn about the other people taking office as the President is sworn in.
Watch the swearing-in and/or parade in person or on television.
If you are in Washington, D.C. on Inauguration Day, look for Girl Scouts in the parade, (hint: they will be wearing bright red vests over their coats).
Write a letter to the new President advocating for a cause you are passionate about. Tell him how you plan to make a difference in your community.
If your family has out-of-town guests attending the inauguration, ask them to buy Girl Scout cookies.
Join a leadership development organization like the Girl Scouts; visit our website for more information at: www.gscnc.org
About Girl Scout Council of the Nation's Capital:
Girl Scout Council of the Nation's Capital (GSCNC) is a non-profit organization with over 82,000 members, including 58,000 girls in 4,500 troops throughout the District of Columbia, six counties in Maryland and five counties in Northern Virginia. With the help of dedicated volunteers, the generosity of corporations and foundations, and our popular Girl Scout cookie program, GSCNC helps girls from kindergarten to 12th grade become leaders through a wide range of fun and educational activities. GSCNC is headquartered in Washington DC, with satellite offices in Frederick and Waldorf, Maryland; and in Lorton, Leesburg and Manassas, Virginia. To get involved, visit our website at www.gscnc.org.