Wichita — Thirty girls and adults traveled to New York City this spring for an amazing time during the first of several planned excursions for Kansas Girl Scouts. They spent time visiting some must-see places in NYC, like Times Square, the Empire State Building, the 911 memorial, and the Museum of Modern Art. The highlight of the trip was the Wicked workshop where they all had the opportunity to learn in a fun, interactive environment about the Broadway musical.
The Wicked story centers on a young woman who is born green and thus is an outsider. Her different appearance leads the people of Oz to misjudge and ostracize her. As the characters journey through Oz, they develop the courage to overcome stereotypes and realize the true meaning of friendship.
During the workshop two Kansas girls were part of the five chosen from 1,500 submissions to present their Wicked “for good” projects. Kala Pinkham, of Derby, and Avin Inlow, of Hays, proudly represented Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland.
Kala was the overall winner in this national competition with her submission of project to teach American Sign Language in the community sharing the understanding that the deaf and hearing impaired are just like anyone else, they just communicate differently. Her efforts won a backstage tour, and in true Girl Scout fashion, she invited Avin to join her on this behind the scenes experience.
Avin’s project submission shared the story of her active membership in the Dominic Savio Club at her school in Hays. The club is run by 6th grade students with our teacher as the sponsor. Each month students suggest opportunities for service, estimate the budget for the amount of money and time it will take to complete the project, and organize fundraising activities to support our work.
Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland looks forward to offering this same trip next year. To learn more about traveling with Girl Scouts, volunteering or donating, visit kansasgirlscout.org or call 316-684-6531.
Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland serves nearly 16,500 girls and adults in 80 Kansas counties through its operational headquarters in Wichita, Kan., and regional offices. Founded in 1912, Girl Scouts is the leading authority on girls’ healthy development and is the preeminent leadership development organization for girls. Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.