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Girl Scouts Learn How and Why Airplanes Fly in Special Aviation Leadership Institute: Girl Scouts mentored by women aviators and flight mechanics in special career exploration sessions

(FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Houston, February 19, 2003) Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council (GSSJC) will host a special Aviation Leadership Institute February 28 through March 2, at the West Houston Airport and the Holiday Inn Select (Houston-I-10 W). We invite local news organizations to come on Saturday, March 1 to shoot footage or photos of Girl Scouts conducting a pre-flight check of a Cessna 182 from 1:30 until 2 p.m.

More than 30 girls in the 9th through 12th grades who are interested in becoming pilots will spend the weekend with the 99ís, a national womenís aviation group, and learn about careers in aviation. The Leadership Institute format was designed by Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) to facilitate intensive career exploration and Leadership forums for girls. Mechanics, flight attendants, instructors, corporate and recreational pilots, and Air Force Reserve officers, all women, will share their experiences and career paths with the girls. Each participant will also start her own flight log book, which can be used to chart the hours of flight and instruction required for certification.

The weekend also features opportunities for hands-on learning as the girls will conduct pre-flight testing and watch women pilots at the controls. Girls participating in the Aviation Leadership Institute will in turn create an Interest Project Award that other Girl Scouts may earn, based on the aviation knowledge they receive.

I hope that by creating a new Interest Project Award I can help girls around Texas become interested in the science of flight, said one program applicant.

Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council serves over 55,000 girls and nearly 14,000 adults in 21 east and southeast Texas counties. For information about joining Girl Scouts, call 1-800-392-4340 and ask for Membership. Visit us online at www.gssjc.org.

GSSJS Pluralism Statement
Embracing and promoting pluralism is an integral part of every activity and plan of Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council, not disconnected or separate projects. Only individuals willing to accept and be educated about the basic tenet that Girl Scouting is for all girls may serve in volunteer leadership or staff positions.

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