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Welcome to Girl Scouts of Maine’s Media Room! We look forward to working with representatives from all types of media outlets. If you represent a media outlet with regional, national, or international reach, ask us about Girl Scouting—our projects, our direction, and our history. We can also arrange for interviews with our expert spokespeople.

Please contact Cortney Smart (888) 922-4863 |  csmart@gsmaine.org.

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  • Welcome to Mary Boyle, our new Camp Pondicherry Director!


    Meet Mary Boyle, Director at Camp Pondicherry, and the newest member of the GSME family! As a child, Mary was an active Girl Scout in her home state of Massachusetts, and through her experiences, her love for the outdoors grew. Mary believes camp is a life-changing experience for girls and wants to continue to empower them to gain confidence and courage through new experiences. She is excited to share her knowledge and experience with the girls at Pondicherry this summer and help create lasting memories. Mary has spent these past eight summers working at a residential summer camp in the Lakes Region. Most recently, she was a part of the administrative team as the Girls Campus Head, but Mary has done everything at camp, from being a cabin counselor to Waterfront Director. She even worked during the off-season for weddings and prepping for camp. She cannot imagine spending her summer anywhere other than the Lakes Region. In addition to her camp experience, Mary worked in outdoor education programs where she taught field based, hands-on curriculum in many areas of science and leadership, like Outdoor Living Skills, Orienteering, and Forest Ecology, to name a few. She has worked on both high and low ropes challenge courses and created tailored team building classes for kids and adults. She is a nationally certified EMT- B, as well as a Wilderness EMT, and holds certifications in Water Safety and Lifeguarding. Mary is a graduate of the Univer...



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  • Lead Like Elena


    Girl Scouts Take the Lead to Change the World

    See them in action, and catch them on Disney Channel and Disney Junior!

    It’s an exciting time to be a Girl Scout! For more than 100 years, Girl Scouts has prepared every G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)™ to practice a lifetime of leadership, enabling her to take the lead in creating positive change in lives and communities across the map—much like Disney’s Elena of Avalor! We’re taking our legacy of leadership to a whole new level by collaborating with Disney Channel and Disney Junior to encourage every girl to discover their inner leader. Because at Girl Scouts and Disney Channel, we know that leadership isn’t just about who you are, but about what you do. Much like your girl, Elena may be young, but she’s still learning to be a collaborative, communicative, and confident leader—like every girl can. We hope you’ll join us in changing the conversation around leadership, and helping girls see that everyone has the potential to lead and make amazing things happen. In fact, you can start now, by grabbing a sneak peek at two all-new spots airing on Disney Channel and Disney Junior, featuring Girl Scouts and their inspiring Take Action projects. You’ll hear the girls’ stories and see some behind-the-scenes action at the Disney video shoot, showcasing how Girl Scouts has helped these incredible girls become leaders, as well as how they lead like Elena—with comp...



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  • Kim Block named Girl Scouts of Maine’s 2017 Woman of Distinction


    Girl Scouts of Maine proudly announces that Kim Block, News Anchor at WGME-13, will be honored at the 20th Annual Women of Distinction Gala on December 1, 2016, at the Portland Marriott at Sable Oaks in South Portland.   The Women of Distinction Gala is an annual event that celebrates women whose individual excellence and high levels of achievement distinguish them as outstanding members of their communities and exemplary role models for today's girls. “When a girl becomes a Girl Scout, she becomes more aware of the world around her and uses her skills to make her world a better place,” said Joanne Crepeau, CEO, Girl Scouts of Maine. “That is the very heart of our mission, and extraordinary woman leaders, like Kim Block, help to inspire young women to believe in themselves, lift their aspirations, and become confident, strong, and compassionate leaders of the future. We are privileged to honor the legacy that Kim has built.”   Block has been a broadcast journalist in Maine for 38 years. Raised in the Washington, DC area, she graduated from Indiana University with a BA in Broadcast Journalism and Spanish, and moved to Portland for a job as News Director of WLOB Radio. She subsequently worked at WCSH Radio and WGAN Radio, before moving to WGAN TV, now WGME. Known for excellence in broadcasting, Block has anchored the WGME13 News at 6 p.m. for 35 years. Block specializes in medical/health reporting, and is the proud recipient of two...



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  • Girl Scout Stories Wanted


    We love hearing about the awesome things Girl Scouts are doing! Help us share your stories with your sisters across Maine. Submit your stories (400 words or less) with at least one photo to news@gsmaine.org, and your story could appear in an edition of Compass, on our social media, or spotlighted in any of our e-newsletters.

    Don't forget the details! Make sure to include your troop number, a description of what the photo is about and contact information where you can be reached. Photos need to be in focus, clear and high resolution (300 dpi is preferred) and that the guardians of the girls who appear in the photo have given photo usage permission. Not sure? Just ask!

    We are so excited when we have lots of submissions! We do our best to use as many stories as we can, but sometimes we have to hold a story for variety of reasons: space, content, or quality of photos. If you ever have any questions about a submission, send an email to news@gsmaine.org and we'll be happy to answer you!

     

  • Election Time Excitement


    In the midst of a busy election season, we wanted to share with you important information regarding participation in the election process as a representative of Girl Scouts.  

    The GSUSA Public Policy and Advocacy Office has official guidelines on intervening in elections and participating directly/indirectly in political campaigns in support of or in opposition to any candidate running for public office.

    When acting as a representative for Girl Scouts, you may not endorse a candidate or influence an election in anyway. Doing so could result in the loss of GSME's tax-exempt status. Click to read full guidelines

    For example, we had a recent incident here in Maine where a Girl Scout in uniform wore a campaign pin to an event. Wearing campaign pins is considered endorsing or influencing an election and is completely against Girl Scout policy. 

    However, there is much to be learned from the election process, and what better way for us to help girls grow strong than to teach them the importance of using their voice by participating in the upcoming election cycle? Here are some ideas to teach girls about the election process by encouraging them to participate in the following activities:...



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  • Amazing Travel Opportunity for GSME Volunteers


    Our Cabaña is a unique programme based in the Girl Scout style. Girls of all ages can explore México’s traditions and culture in a fun and interesting way. Going on this adventure will make participants feel like one big family and like they are truly part of the community. Here is what Girl Scout Leader of Troop 625, Robyn Sealander, had to say about her experience: "Fellow Girl Scout volunteer Veronica Bates and I were recently awarded the Wellman-Leonard Our Cabaña Travel Scholarship and on February 18, we traveled to Cuernavaca, Mexico, for an amazing, inspiring, life-changing experience. We spent eight days in Mexico and were joined by two Guiding volunteers from Western Canada, as well as a group of 33 Guiding volunteers from the United Kingdom. Our ages ranged from 19 to 82, so we were certainly a diverse group! Our Cabaña is run by six paid staff members and four volunteers. The volunteers were energetic young women from Brazil, Scotland, England and Australia. The first four days of the trip were spent at Our Cabaña, a beautiful compound consisting of low-slung, red-tiled roof buildings: dormitories, a dining hall, a craft house, an activities building, administrative offices, plus outdoor features like the tennis court, a swimming pool, and a brand new fire pit. The beautifully maintained grounds are lush and feature many native plants. The buildings, most of which were built in the 1950s, were constructed using lava stones in the walls. Th...



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  • Hansen to be honored at Seventh Annual Pearls of Wisdom


    Bangor, MAINE – Girl Scouts of Maine is pleased to announce that it will honor Marie Hansen with the 2016 Juliette Award at the Seventh Annual Pearls of Wisdom breakfast on September 15, 2016 at the Hilton Garden Inn, Bangor. 

    Girl Scouts of Maine established the Juliette Award to honor a woman who embodies the essence of Juliette Gordon Low, the founder of Girl Scouts of the USA. Juliette Gordon Low was a woman who exhibited a heightened sense of service to community and the courage, confidence and character to make the world a better place. 

    “Marie Hansen has a very impressive and accomplished career path that encourages young women to reach for leadership positions,” said Joanne Crepeau, CEO, Girl Scouts of Maine. “Marie is a consummate example of the Girl Scout purpose: inspiring young girls to become strong women and to take the lead in their own lives.”

    Hansen is the Dean of the College of Business and Interim Dean of the New England School of Communications at Husson University where she has been employed since 2003 in various leadership and teaching roles.  During her time at Husson University, she has taught over 34 different courses at undergraduate and graduate levels.  She holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Maine (summa cum laude, Honors Program graduate and minor in Public Administration), a J.D. from the University of Maine School of Law and a Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership from The Chicago Sc...



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  • Camp Pondicherry unveils new Bouldering Wall


    Designed and built by our own Pondi Site Manager Jeremy Bates, the Bouldering Wall is an awesome addition to our camp and will provide hours of fun and challenge for our campers. Because of its construction, the wall does not require special equipment or training – climbers’ feet never go over 3 feet off the ground, so it’s a fun and safe way for girls to build their strength and confidence!

    Next time you’re at camp, make sure to stop by the Bouldering Wall right near Wentworth Lodge and check it out.

  • Building a Bridge and a Team!


    In June 2014, a group of eight volunteers from Sappi  North America’s Inside Sales team volunteered their time at Girl Scout Camp Pondicherry, in Bridgton, Maine to clear trails for the summer camping season. While working, Sappi’s Director of Inside Sales, Janet Boone, learned from the camp ranger, Jeremy Bates, that the Girl Scouts were planning to open a new trail in the summer of 2015 on the Warren Brook property. The new trail would follow the Warren Brook waterway and need four crossing points along the way. To help the Girl Scouts understand the materials, costs, and skill level of volunteers needed to construct the bridges, Janet introduced them to Roger Brenner, a Sappi Inside Sales Manager with knowledge in this area.

    Over the course of the winter - beginning in late 2014 through early 2015 - Roger worked with Jeremy on the bridge design and the material requirements. After a few design modifications, Roger began working on the first bridge from his home. Once satisfied with the resulting bridge he constructed, Roger deconstructed it for transport to Camp Pondicherry. In June of 2015, five Sappi Inside Sales team members spent the day at Pondicherry transporting the deconstructed bridge to its new home and reassembling it with support from Jeremy and an assistant ranger.

    On September 25, the Sappi team and representatives from GSME hiked into the site to officially dedicate the Warren Brook Bridge. Commemorating the occasion were Sappi’s VP Coa...



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