Senior Troop 1431 from Arlington, VA ready for zip lining at Council event near Harper's Ferry. Photo by Ellen Smythe.CapiTalk News
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Girl Scouts go to China! Twinning Project

In celebration of the Girl Scouts 100th anniversary, Alcoa Foundation in partnership with Girl Scouts of the USA and the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) launched the Global Green Team Partnership Program.

 This program “twins” 20 Girl Scouts councils in the U.S. and 20 Girl Guides member organizations in 13 countries who will work together on Global Green Team projects for two years.

Over the course of two years, the Girl Scouts and Girl Guides identified, lead and took action on three main environmental projects:

  • Reduce Waste by reducing the number of discarded single use plastic bottles and increasing aluminum recycling.
  • Rain Gardens by planting trees, increasing green space and wildlife habitats and improving water quality.
  • Lower CO2 Footprint through activities, such as replacing energy incandescent light bulbs with energy-efficient light bulbs.

 The Girl Scout Council of the Nations Capital has been “twinned” with USAGSO China.  Twenty Girl Scouts were selected to participate in this project.  Out of those, eight girls were selected to travel to China as part of the educational program and completion of the project.

The Girl Scouts traveling to China are:
Katie G- Alexandria, VA
Asmita S- Herndon, VA
Caitie O- La Plata, MD
Jessie F-Arlington, VA
Jordan G- Washington, DC
Monique M- Fairfax, VA
Paola L-Centreville, VA
Chloe H- Alexandria, VA

In China, the eight girls and two adult chaperones will become educated about the different projects that were simultaneously executed by the participants in China.  All of the Together Green participants will have the opportunity to tour the Alcoa Aluminum Factory in Shanghai and network with executives while expanding their knowledge on various global “green” initiatives.  Participants will also visit a BioFarm in Shanghai where in addition to learning the daily tasks at the farm they will educate youth at a day camp. 

The seven day educational excursion to China will take place in two cities.  The participants will leave August 7th for Shanghai, China.  Their return on August 14th will be from Beijing, China.

Girl Scout families overseas will host the USA participants in their homes.  All of the transportation, meals and other educational tours will be arranged weeks prior to departure.  Upon arrival to the United States of America, the participants will report, educate and share the different experiences gained throughout their stay in China. 

Posted: Jul 10, 2013

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