Girl Scouts hope to shape and help girls share their stories at Feb. 23 event

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen

Girl Scouts, recognizing the power of story-telling in increasing girls' self esteem, invites girls in grades 4-12, to a day of hands-on activities and presentations using a story-telling theme, on Saturday, Feb. 23, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Nicholls State University in Thibodaux.

"Stories are the common ground that allows people to communicate, so we can understand ourselves better and to discover our similarities with others," said Kevin Shipp, Program Series and Events Manager at the Girl Scouts Louisiana East council.

The day will kick-off with a keynote by Gayle Benson, First Lady of New Orleans Saints & Hornets followed by girls participating in activities led by Nicholls State student organizations and area businesses that encourage self-confidence; engaging in conversations with successful women in athletics, government, advertising and science; enjoying the NFL Saints Experience with inflatable games and a basketball clinic offered by the New Orleans Hornets organization; learning tips on public speaking and performance; viewing cooking demonstrations by the John Folse Culinary Institute, learning how to balance sports and college life with NCAA Athletics, and much more.

According to Shipp, building a strong sense of self is an underlying goal of the It's Your Story-Tell it! Girl Scouts journey series. Other goals include girls learning about the benefits of a balanced diet and physical activity, navigating healthy relationships, identifying ways to express themselves, and promoting well-being and confidence in others.

Other presenters that day include Thibodaux Playhouse, Lafourche Parish Sherriff's Department, the Louisiana Center for Women and Government, and the Terrebonne General Medical Center.

The Feb. 23 event fee is $10 per girl, and there is no charge for adults to attend. Girls do not have to be working on this Girl Scout journey series in order to participate on Feb. 23. The fee does not include lunch, but a full buffet style lunch to include salad bar, "home cooking," pizza, drinks and more will be offered in the campus dining hall for those who preorder a meal voucher at $8 per person. = The meal voucher is available to adults also.

To register, complete a program event registration form available at For information, contact Kevin Shipp at Girl Scouts Louisiana East at 800-644-7571, ext. 2243 or