Celebrate Girl Scout Week, from March 9 to 15

The Girl Scouts of America turns 102 on March 12, and everywhere you look, girls dressed in green vests or sashes are selling boxes of Thin Mints and Samoa cookies. In honor of national Girl Scout week — March 9-15, 2014 — here are 12 facts from girlscouts.org that you may not know about the world’s largest organization for girls.

• The Girl Scouts of America was founded in 1912 by Juliette Low in Savannah, Ga. Her goal was to “ … bring girls out of isolated home environments and into community service and the open air.”

• The Girl Scouts is not an American creation. Miss Low based her group on the British organization Girl Guides.

• The first Girl Scout troop had 18 members. Today, more than 10 million women and girls worldwide participate in Girl Scouting with troops in more than 92 countries.

• More than 59 million women in the U.S. were once Girl Scouts. Prestigious alumna include First Lady Michelle Obama, television personality Katie Couric, tennis great Venus Williams, and the first American woman in space, astronaut Sally Ride.

• Seventy percent of all women serving in the US Senate and three former Secretaries of State were once Girl Scouts.

• Badges have been an integral part of Scouting since the beginning. Today, girls can earn more than 100 different badges, including the original badges: cooking, athletics, and first aid.

• Girl Scouts started selling cookies in 1917 in Muskogee, Okla. Shortbread cookies were baked at home by each girl and sold to pay for troop activities.

• The first cookies were sold for 25 to 30 cents per dozen. Today cookies cost $4 to $5 per box.

• More than 200 million boxes of cookies are sold from January to March each year, generating $785 million in sales.

• Thin Mints were first sold in the 1950s, and are the third best-selling cookie in the United States with 50 million boxes sold each year.

• The record for most cookies sold goes to Jennifer Sharpe of Dearborn, Mich. She sold 17,328 boxes during a single three-month selling period. Her troop used the money earned to go on a trip to Europe.

• In 2012, the Girl Scouts released a cookie locator app for smartphones, making it easy to find your favorites.

For more than 100 years, the Girl Scouts have helped girls develop confidence and leadership skills, and sell a ton of cookies. Happy birthday, Girl Scouts!

Janine Queenin is a writer and mom of two kids, ages 9 and 11. A former Girl Scout and Girl Scout leader, she always has a box of Thin Mints stashed in her freezer.

Neil’s shortbread cookies

In 1922, Miss Florence E. Neil published her shortbread cookie recipe in the Girl Scout magazine “The American Girl” and the annual cookie sale was born. Try making this recipe with your favorite girl (or boy).

Girl Scout Cookie

INGREDIENTS:

1 cup butter

1 cup sugar

Additional sugar for topping (optional)

2 tablespoons of milk

1 teaspoon vanilla

2 cups flour

1 teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons baking powder

DIRECTIONS: Cream butter and 1 cup sugar; add well-beaten eggs, then milk, vanilla, flour, salt, and baking power. Refrigerate for at least one hour. Roll dough, cut into trefoil shapes, and sprinkle sugar on top, if desired. Bake in a quick oven (375°) for approximately eight to 10 minutes or until the edges begin to brown. Makes six to seven dozen cookies.

Relevant Directory Listings

See More

Quinipet Camp & Retreat Center

<div style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: Calibri, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong><span style="font-family: Oxygen; font-size: 18px; background-color: #ffffff; color: #2a2a2a;"><span style="font-family: Calibri, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12pt;">Established by the United Methodist Church in 1947, Quinipet is built upon the rocks of Faith, Courage, Love, Humility and Honesty; creating a foundation that welcomes campers from all walks of life, faiths, and backgrounds.</span></span></strong><br /><br style="color: #7b8c89; font-family: Oxygen; font-size: 18px; background-color: #ffffff;" /><strong><span style="font-family: Oxygen; font-size: 18px; background-color: #ffffff; color: #3f3f3f;"><span style="font-family: Calibri, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12pt;">​</span></span><span style="font-family: Calibri, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12pt; background-color: #ffffff;">Whether you come for one week or all summer long, you will make new friends, learn and grow, laugh a LOT, and enjoy the beautiful natural environment of Shelter Island. </span><span style="font-family: Oxygen; font-size: 18px; background-color: #ffffff; color: #2a2a2a;"><span style="font-family: Calibri, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12pt;">Quinipet has all the fun of a traditional Christian summer camp - surrounded by water!</span></span></strong></div> <div style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: Calibri, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong><span style="font-family: Oxygen; font-size: 18px; background-color: #ffffff; color: #2a2a2a;"><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 11pt;"> </span></span></strong></div> <div style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: Calibri, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong><span style="font-family: Oxygen; font-size: 18px; background-color: #ffffff; color: #2a2a2a;"><span style="font-family: Calibri, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12pt;">Week-Long Sessions begin the week of July 4, 2021:</span></span></strong></div> <div style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: Calibri, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"> <ul> <li style="margin-left: 15px;"><strong><span style="font-family: Oxygen; font-size: 18px; background-color: #ffffff; color: #2a2a2a;"><span style="font-family: Calibri, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12pt;">Day Camp (ages 5-15) Monday-Friday 9 am-4 pm</span></span></strong></li> <li style="margin-left: 15px;"><strong>Community Sailing (ages 9-15) Monday-Friday, 9-12 or 1-4</strong></li> <li style="margin-left: 15px;"><strong>Traditional Overnight Camp (ages 7-17) Sunday Afternoon - Saturday Morning</strong></li> <li style="margin-left: 15px;"><strong>Sailing Overnight Camp (ages 9-17) <span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12pt;">Sunday Afternoon - Saturday Morning</span></strong></li> </ul> </div> <div style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: Calibri, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>Daily Day Camp transportation options from the north (Greenport) & south (North Haven/Sag Harbor) forks! </strong></div> <div style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: Calibri, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>In-person Open Houses this April and May!</strong></div> <div style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: Calibri, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"> </div> <div style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: Calibri, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>For Dates & Rates and Online Registration visit us at Quinipet.org</strong></div>

Rosetta Institute of Biomedical Research

<h1><strong>Summer Science Camps for Tomorrow’s Medical Professionals</strong></h1> <p>We offer a variety of workshops on molecular medicine for high-achieving high school<br />and middle school students interested in pursuing careers in medicine or related<br />fields, such as biomedical research, drug development, pharmacy, bioengineering, or nursing.  Workshops are taught by PhD-level instructors with years of research and teaching experience. Camps are offered in summer and winter and there are online and in-person options available.  </p> <p>Through engaging lectures and hands-on laboratory classes, students learn normal molecular and cellular biology, and then learn how these normal processes are disrupted or distorted during the development of disease. There is a heavy emphasis on experimental design, modern drug development, and the emergence of the era of personalized medicine. To conclude the workshop, students use what they have learned to create an original research project. More broadly, workshop attendees strengthen their academic skills, build their college portfolio, and explore potential career options while making friends from around the world and experiencing college dorm life in a safe environment.</p> <p>Our university-based workshops are held at Columbia University, Imperial College London, UC Berkeley, and UC San Diego, and both residential and commuter options are available.   University-based workshops include Molecular Neuroscience, Molecular Biology of Cancer, Astrobiology, AI-Enhanced Bioinformatics, Molecular Biology of Aging, Neurological Bioinformatics, Molecular Immunology, Bioinformatics of Aging, and Bioinformatics of Cancer.  Biomedical Research – a workshop focused on learning modern molecular biology laboratory techniques - is taught at our lab in the Bay Area, CA.</p> <p>Our online workshops include Introduction to Cellular and Molecular Medicine, Medicinal Chemistry and Medical Bioinformatics.  Intro to Cellular and Molecular Medicine is our entry-level workshop that is only two hours/day.  Students in the Medicinal Chemistry and Medical Bioinformatics workshops learn how to use online tools to analyze biochemical data.</p>

The Churchill School Summer Program

<p dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.2; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><span style="font-size: 13pt; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue',sans-serif; color: #3a3a3a; background-color: #ffffff; font-weight: 400; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">The Churchill School Summer Program is a two-week program where students entering grades one to four will participate in literacy activities based on the Wilson Fundations Program and a variety of camp activities. By helping your child retain academic skills he/she will avoid the “summer slide” and begin the school year as a confident learner. Every morning students will begin their day with a Fundations lesson led by a member of the Churchill faculty and will participate in a full day of summer fun including:</span></p> <p> </p> <ul style="margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0;"> <li dir="ltr" style="list-style-type: disc; font-size: 10pt; font-family: 'Noto Sans Symbols',sans-serif; color: #3a3a3a; background-color: transparent; font-weight: 400; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre; margin-left: -17.25pt;"> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.2; background-color: #ffffff; margin-top: 14pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><span style="font-size: 13pt; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue',sans-serif; color: #3a3a3a; background-color: transparent; font-weight: 400; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Arts and Crafts</span></p> </li> <li dir="ltr" style="list-style-type: disc; font-size: 10pt; font-family: 'Noto Sans Symbols',sans-serif; color: #3a3a3a; background-color: transparent; font-weight: 400; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre; margin-left: -17.25pt;"> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.2; background-color: #ffffff; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><span style="font-size: 13pt; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue',sans-serif; color: #3a3a3a; background-color: transparent; font-weight: 400; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Sports</span></p> </li> <li dir="ltr" style="list-style-type: disc; font-size: 10pt; font-family: 'Noto Sans Symbols',sans-serif; color: #3a3a3a; background-color: transparent; font-weight: 400; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre; margin-left: -17.25pt;"> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.2; background-color: #ffffff; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><span style="font-size: 13pt; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue',sans-serif; color: #3a3a3a; background-color: transparent; font-weight: 400; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Mindfulness and Yoga</span></p> </li> <li dir="ltr" style="list-style-type: disc; font-size: 10pt; font-family: 'Noto Sans Symbols',sans-serif; color: #3a3a3a; background-color: transparent; font-weight: 400; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre; margin-left: -17.25pt;"> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.2; background-color: #ffffff; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><span style="font-size: 13pt; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue',sans-serif; color: #3a3a3a; background-color: transparent; font-weight: 400; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Games</span></p> </li> <li dir="ltr" style="list-style-type: disc; font-size: 10pt; font-family: 'Noto Sans Symbols',sans-serif; color: #3a3a3a; background-color: transparent; font-weight: 400; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre; margin-left: -17.25pt;"> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.2; background-color: #ffffff; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><span style="font-size: 13pt; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue',sans-serif; color: #3a3a3a; background-color: transparent; font-weight: 400; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Daily trips to the playground</span></p> </li> <li dir="ltr" style="list-style-type: disc; font-size: 10pt; font-family: 'Noto Sans Symbols',sans-serif; color: #3a3a3a; background-color: transparent; font-weight: 400; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre; margin-left: -17.25pt;"> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.2; background-color: #ffffff; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 14pt;"><span style="font-size: 13pt; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue',sans-serif; color: #3a3a3a; background-color: transparent; font-weight: 400; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">And so much more!</span></p> </li> </ul>