Girl Scouts of WNY “Love State Parks” this weekend

Girl Scouts of Western New York are encouraging girls to get outdoors in Western New York as well as hundreds of state parks across the United States.

Paired with the Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA), they have announced their first “Girl Scouts Love State Parks” weekend. The event will take place Saturday, July 13, and Sunday, July 14.

The weekend encourages girls, with their families and friends, to experience the great outdoors, an integral part of the organization’s all-girl leadership program. Girls across the United States are encouraged to find adventure in state parks, explore nature and learn what Girl Scouts is all about.

“When girls spend quality time outdoors and increase their exposure to nature, they thrive physically, emotionally and intellectually,” said Allison Wilcox, CEO of Girl Scouts of Western New York.

Studies show that 71 percent of girl members, ages eight to 14, tried their first outdoor activity through the organization. Studies also show half of those girl members would not have had access to outdoor activities and programming if not for Girl Scouts.

GSUSA’s environmental conservation; camping; and outdoor science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programming is “rooted in a passion for adventure and healthy risk-taking” combined with taking action to protect the environment for present and future generations.

“Girl Scouts Love State Parks events along with other vital, year-round outdoor programs are crucial for girls to expand their knowledge around the importance of experiencing the outdoors in meaningful ways to help build a lifetime of leadership,” said Wilcox.

In collaboration with the National Association of State Park Directors (NASPD), events will be hosted on July 13 at Letchworth State Park, Allegany State Park and Buffalo Harbor State Park and on July 14 at Beaver Island State Park. To register you can visit www.gswny.org.

Events in Pennsylvania include a wildflower walk on the Wildflower Reserve at Raccoon Creek State Park, 3000 PA-18, Hookstown, Pa., 15050, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., July 13, and on July 14 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., important camping skills will be taught at Raccoon Creek State Park in the Doak Field. You can register at www.gswpa.org.

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