Girl Scouts Go International with Green Task Force

Adapted from a New City Patch story by Robin Traum

Fourteen Girl Scouts from Rockland, Westchester, and Putnam counties and throughout the Hudson Valley get the chance to share their environmental awareness with Girl Guides from Wales and England this month. Thirteen of the 14 members of Girl Scouts Heart of the Hudson (GSHH)’s first Forever Green Task Force are in Wales as part of an international environmental “Take Action” project.

The program’s sponsor is Alcoa Foundation, which provided funding to encourage the girls—Girl Scout Seniors and Ambassadors who are covering some of their own travel costs—to tackle environmental issues in their communities. GSHH managers Amanda Benton and Michelle Dimonte are chaperoning the girls on the trip, which runs February 15 to 23.

When the task force learned they were going to Wales, they immediately started researching Welsh culture, food, and language. While there the girls are visiting a recycling facility, touring the Alcoa aluminum plant, and meeting with older troops to gain educational and leadership experience.