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  • Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada Board of Directors Elects Patricia Lee, Esq. as Board President

    LAS VEGAS – Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada is pleased to announce the election of Patricia Lee, Esq. as board president. Lee succeeds Robyn Ratcliffe Manzini who served on the board of directors for ten years, four-and-a-half as board president. Prior to her election, Lee served as president-elect for two years. Lee was elected board president at the 2017 annual meeting on November 8, 2017 and will serve a two-year term.

    Lee is a partner with Hutchison & Steffen, practicing primarily in business and commercial litigation. She attended the University of Southern California (USC) and obtained a dual degree in psychology and communications in 1997. Among the awards she received while attending USC were the Thurgood Marshall Leadership Award and Order of Troy for academic achievement. Her dedication to community activism continued at George Washington University where she was elected as the Community Service Director for the Student Bar Association as well as the Student Director over the Small Business Clinic where she assisted small businesses in economically distressed communities with their legal needs.

    In 2014, Patricia was awarded the prestigious Pro Bono Publico Award from the American Bar Association, which is awarded each year to five lawyers across the country that have demonstrated outstanding commitment to volunteer legal services for the poor and disadvantaged. Lee was the first attorney in Nevada to receive this distinction.


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  • Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada makes donation to first responders

    LAS VEGAS – Girl Scouts have long been community partners with local police, fire, and hospital personnel. After the deadly shooting at the Route 91 Harvest Festival on October 1st, local Girl Scout Troop 777 organized a Thank You Card campaign to show their appreciation for the women and men who bravely responded to the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history.

    Troop 777 collected cards from October 2nd – October 31st and promoted their Thank You Card campaign with homemade collection boxes placed at schools, fliers, and on social media. The troop collected over 4,600 cards from Girl Scout troops in 33 US states and Germany. The cards will be presented to the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department South Central Area Command. The South Central Area Command is located less than a mile from Mandalay Bay and their officers were among the first responders.

    Along with the cards, Troop 777 will present 25 cases of Girl Scout cookies and 20 cases of nuts and candies, both donated by Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada product sale partners Little Brownie Bakers and Ashdon Farms.   

    Troop 777 consists of 33 Girl Scouts ranging from Daisies to Juniors and is led by Troop Leaders Kimberly Reinhart, Keri Schneider, and Amber Neal. This is their first year as a Troop.

    The Thank You Card and cookie and nut donation will take place November 7, 2017 at 7pm; at South Central Area Command; 4860 S. Las Vegas B...

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  • Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada responds to Boy Scouts of America announcement to allow girls to join

    LAS VEGAS – Last week, the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) Board of Directors unanimously approved to allow girls into its Cub Scout program and to deliver a Scouting program for older girls. 

    Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada under the leadership of Interim CEO Helen Wronski has been closely monitoring this development for months. What the BSA has enacted is a “separate, but equal” approach: Cub Scout dens will be single-gender – all boys or all girls. However, as a society, women are not treated or valued equally to men. According to a March 2017 Business Insider article, “In 2017, on average a woman earns 79 cents for every dollar a man earns.” Women are also largely underrepresented among the C-suite with just 6.4% of the 2017 Fortune 500 list run by female CEOs.   

    “Girl Scouts is backed by 105 years of experience creating and developing programs specifically for girls,” said Linda Bridges, Chief of Communications for the Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada. “We were founded by a woman, 113 of our national councils are led by women CEOs, and a large majority of our Troop Leaders are women. That is a powerful signal of female empowerment we’re sending to the next generation of female leaders. Girl Scouts remains the leader in girl-focused and girl-led programming in the country.”

    Today, more than ever, the case for girl-centered and girl-led programming remains strong:  

      78% of Girl Scouts have had leadership...

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  • (KNPR) Two Groups That Focus On Mentoring Girls

    Mar 24, 2016

    Carrie Kaufman

    As part of our education coverage, we’re looking at groups that enhance the educational experience perhaps giving kids skills they can’t get schools that are facing daunting challenges in Clark County.

    KNPR's State of Nevada talked with people from two such groups: Girl Scouts and Big Brothers, Big Sisters.

    Did you know that the Girl Scouts derive 60 percent of their income from cookie sales? And did you know that those sales free the Scouts up to focus on things girls want to talk about like racism and sexism and politics?

    And Big Brothers, Big Sisters has fostered life-long relationships for more than 100 years.

  • (Business Press) Cookie entrepreneurs in training


    On a Friday afternoon at the Urban Chamber of Commerce, two members of the Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada took questions about their business from associates at SCORE Las Vegas, a nonprofit volunteer business mentoring service.

    What were the 12- and 13-year-olds selling?

    Cookies of course.

    As early as 1917, Girl Scouts began selling cookies as a way to finance troop activities.

    The group now offers nine cookie flavors — including Thin Mints, Caramel deLites and Peanut Butter Patties — across the country from January until March.

    This year, the Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada decided to take what their 11- to 18-year-old members learn while selling cookies one step further with the launch of its “CEO in Training” program.

    “We teach them about business ethics, financial literacy, marketing, public speaking and presentation skills,” said Linda Bridges, vice president of marketing and communications. “It’s important to develop these skills early so they can take them to high school, college and onto the workforce. Once they’re comfortable and well-versed in business, they’ll be comfortable in many other facets of their life.”

    Through workshops and training sessions, Girl Scouts work on their presentation skills before they’re ready to practice in front of local businesses and organizations.

    Bridges said the program schedule surrounds product sales for the...

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  • (KSNV) Girl Scouts Seeks Businesses for its CEO in Training Program

    LAS VEGAS (KSNV News3LV) — Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada is looking for large and small businesses to participate in its CEO in Training program, a new program that gives Girl Scouts, ages 11-18, the opportunity to practice their presentation skills and earn their CEO in Training patch.

    Jeff Maher talks with Linda Bridges, GSSN vice president of marketing and communications, and Lilah, a CEO in Training Girl Scout, about the program.

  • Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada Launches CEO in Training Program

    Local girls learn important business skills

    LAS VEGAS – Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada (GSSNV) is looking for large and small businesses to participate in their CEO in Training program, a new program that gives Girl Scouts, ages 11-18, the opportunity to practice their presentation skills and earn their CEO in Training patch; Girl Scouts have honed their presentation skills through workshops and training sessions, and now they’re ready to practice in front of local business leaders, marketing professionals and executive leadership teams. Past participants include UNLV and Helix Electric. Participating organizations are under no obligation to purchase cookies.

    This unique opportunity allows Girl Scouts the chance to explore the world of marketing, entrepreneurship, business ethics and financial literacy in front of a captive and engaged audience. Girl Scouts, under supervision from a troop leader or council staff member, will present to an organization at their place of business. Presentations typically take 10-20 minutes, with an opportunity for a question and answer session at the end. After the presentations, Girl Scouts can then tour the business and do a meet and greet with staff.

    “Girl Scouts is on the forefront of creating the next generation of amazing female lead...

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  • (Review-Journal) These are the most popular Girl Scout cookies in Las Vegas


    By Caitlin Lilly



    For many cookie lovers across the country, one of the most anticipated times of the year is finally in full swing — Girl Scout cookie season.

    Cookie sales have became the prime way for Girl Scout troops to finance various activities throughout the year, and according to Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada, all of the proceeds from cookies sales support local scout troops.

    During this year's cookie season, which started Sunday and ends on March 6 in Southern Nevada, troops are hoping to sell over 840,000 boxes of cookies.

    With the long awaited Girl Scout Cookie season finally upon us, we reached out to the Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada to see which cookie flavors were most popular among those in the Las Vegas Valley.

    Based on the group's 2015 sales, these are the most popular Girl Scout Cookies in Las Vegas:


    Most popular Girl Scout Cookies in Southern Nevada:

    Thin Mints

    Caramel deLites

    Peanut Butter Patties


    Peanut Butter Sandwiches



    Cranberry Citrus Crisps

    Contact Caitlin Lilly at Find her on Twitter: @caitielilly_


  • (KTNV) Girl Scout cookie season kicks off in Southern Nevada

    Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) - Hundreds of local Girl Scouts kicked off cookie sales Saturday with a celebration.

    There are a total of 3,900 Girl Scouts in Southern Nevada. This year they are expected to sell 847,000 boxes of cookies. All proceeds from the cookie sales stay in Southern Nevada.

    "I hope to sell 550 and my favorite cookie is the Samoas or Caramel deLites," said Athena Morales, Girl Scout Cadet. "Those are really good."

    Girl Scout cookies are on sale throughout Southern Nevada from Feb. 7-March 6.  

    Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada offers eight cookie varietals: Thin Mints, Caramel deLites, Peanut Butter sandwich, Cranberry Citrus Crisps, Peanut Butter Patties, Shortbread, Lemonades and Thanks-A-Lot.

    For more information or to purchase cookies, please call 702-385-3677, or visit

  • (KSNV) How many cookies can you eat? Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada will Find Out

    LAS VEGAS (KSNV News3LV) — Hundreds of local Girl Scouts and their families took part in an annual cookie kickoff event Saturday morning.

    Among various activities, the girls learned from each other important life skills such as goal setting, money management and business ethics.

    Athena Morales, 12, has been selling cookies as a Girl Scout for the past six years.

    "My goal is to sell 550 (boxes) cookies, and I know that sounds ambitious, but it's possible," she said. "The key to selling cookies is to be kind and polite, and people will just like that."

    She's one of more than 4,000 Girl Scouts in Southern Nevada.

    Liz Ortenburger, the CEO of Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada, says Saturday's annual kickoff event teaches the girls what they need to know to sell cookies. She says the hope is to sell a million boxes this year. Last year, the girls sold 847,000 boxes which amounted to almost $4 million in local revenue.

    "Girls are earning money to support their troop and their dreams and things they want to do for that year, which is really exciting," said Ortenburger. "The larger picture is girls are learning some valuable lessons about financial literacy, what does it mean to be a business owner and to run your own business, and what does it mean to goal set."

    Friday, boxes of cookies will arrive. The girls will then do their walkarounds in neighborhoods next weekend, and the following wee...

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  • Girls Scouts of Southern Nevada Archivist recognized as Acts of Kindness Recipient


    Vanette Christensen takes great pride in her involvement with The Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada. As the historian and archivist,  her volunteer job is to preserve the artifacts that have been donated, or gifted and use them to educate young girls about the history, and mission.

    Vanette Christensen was a Girl Scout growing up, and she attributes what she did as a career -serving nearly three decades in law enforcement to her history in Girl Scouting, “Girl Scouts at a young age gave me great confidence, and character, it taught me great skills to be bigger than anything I could imagine.”

    She moved to Las Vegas after retiring.  Her two daughters both continued with The Girl Scout legacy and Vanette makes it her mission to inspire the many other young women to reach their potential, “Having them know that they are part of something: with the service to the community, to carry on those legacies, and as they go into the future with “STEM” -  Science, technology, engineering and math... all of the amazing careers and paths they can pursue.”.

    Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada CEO Liz Ortenburger adds,  “We're blessed by volunteers, Vanette has brought history to life, for so many girls and volunteers, here in Southern Nevada."


  • Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada to Host Cookie Kickoff

    Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada to Host Cookie Kickoff

    Event jumpstarts 2016 cookie season

    LAS VEGAS – Hundreds of local Girl Scouts and their families will jumpstart the 2016 cookie season at Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada’s (GSSNV) Cookie Kickoff on Jan. 30, from 9 a.m. – noon, at GSSNV Council at 2941 E. Harris Ave. Through the sale of signature cookies, Girl Scouts of all ages learn important life skills, such as goal setting, money management and business ethics, all while having fun.

    Cookie Kickoff festivities include a bounce house, archery, bingo, rock climbing wall, food trucks on site, and a “Dunk the CEO” opportunity with GSSNV CEO Liz Ortenburger.  Community partners include Rainbow Company Youth Theatre, Vegas PBS and Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay.

    The sale of cookies as a way to finance troop activities began in 1917, five years after Juliette Gordon Low started Girl Scouts in the United States. While Girl Scouts sell candy, nuts and magazines during their fall product sale, cookie sales are their largest campaign of the year; GSSNV anticipates troops will collectively sell over 847,000 boxes of cookies in 2016. All proceeds raised during cookie season stays in Southern Nevada and helps Girl Scouts attend Girl Scouts Camp Foxtail, fund trips and complete service projects. The ultimate goal of cookie season is to help fund troop activities a...

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  • Dessert Before Dinner: Girl Scout Fundraiser Puts Best First

    Liz Ortenburger, CEO of Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada, said that often people think of the organization as being all about cookies, camp and crafts, but she hopes attendees of the Dessert Before Dinner event on Sept. 26 will discover the wide range of activities in which the forward-looking nonprofit is involved.

    "We'll have the opportunity to share the amazing things these girls are doing, from getting storm drains put in to their community, to putting wells in a Mexican village that never had potable water before," Ortenburger said. "The Girl Scouts have always wanted to help girls find a place for themselves in the future and forge their own path."

    Dessert Before Dinner is scheduled from 6 to 9 p.m. Sept. 26 in the Augustus Ballroom at Caesars Palace, 3570 Las Vegas Blvd. South. The fundraiser for the youth organization is set to bring some of the finest dessert chefs in the Las Vegas Valley together to create desserts using Girl Scout cookies.

    Cindy Werth, pastry chef at the Stratosphere, said she has been participating since the inaugural Dessert Before Dinner and hasn't missed one yet. Last year, using Shortbread Girl Scout cookies, she created a bread pudding with bananas Foster sauce on top.

    "The people seemed to enjoy it," Werth said. "I came in second runner-up."

    Werth is excited to participate in the event and competition again this year. Like all the participants, she's keeping what she...

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  • Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada’s “Dessert Before Dinner” to Take Place Saturday Sept. 26

    Dessert Before Dinner, the annual premier fundraising event benefitting the Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada will take place Saturday, Sept. 26, at Caesars Palace.

    Nearly 1,000 of the city’s top influencers and community leaders are expected to attend, making it the largest Dessert Before Dinner event to date.

    Dessert Before Dinner is the annual premier fundraising event benefitting the Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada. Now established as one of the city’s most exciting fundraising events, Dessert Before Dinner brings area chefs together to create the ultimate confection incorporating one chosen signature Girl Scout cookie. Guests indulge in desserts before the first course is even served, hence the name.

    In addition to the chefs’ competition, an array of the city’s most high-profile women will be honored for being incredible role models and paving the way for success for future businesswomen in Southern Nevada. They will also receive honorary badges, selected specifically for them based on their own professional achievements.

    Gala’s proceeds will continue to lay the foundation for all girls in Southern Nevada to make their dreams come true. In addition to funding scholarships, proceeds enable the organization to reach girls in all demographics and areas of the community as well as expanding upon current programming such as Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), social values and financial literacy. Most importantly, support for Gi...

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    Tucked inside the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest and surrounded by ponderosa pines, cool mountain air and wild horses sits Camp Foxtail. The camp at 5871 Lee Canyon Road provides Girl Scouts ages 8 to 17 with a traditional overnight camp experience filled with hiking, crafts and games.

    Scouts are able to escape the triple-digit weather of the city and explore in groups with the goal of gaining independence through hands-on activities.

    "€œComing here means unplugging,"€ said camp director Victoria Long-Leather. "There'€™s no social media involved, and our girls are encouraged to embrace their differences. When they first get here, these girls are really shy because they don'€™t know anyone, but they leave as independent young women."

    The program encourages leadership through activities such as hiking, cycling, rock climbing, high and low adventure courses, singing, arts and crafts, and campfires, according to its website,

    Those who are wary to try the overnight camp can sign up for a mother-daughter weekend experience to see if they enjoy it.

    Parents can keep continual contact with their daughters through letter correspondence and can keep up to date with them through the camp'€™s Facebook page.

    They can also send money to the camp for the girls to buy items from its store.

    Despite the carefully planned activities, sometimes a "€œroasted marshmallow,"€ or homesick Scout, is...

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  • Liz Ortenburger, CEO of Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada

    Liz Ortenburger, CEO of Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada, has spent most of her career with the Girl Scouts organization. She spent eight years working at the Tres Condados Girl Scout Council in California, including two and a half years as Chief Operating Officer. 

  • How to Order Girl Scout Cookies Online

    Every year I descend on the Consume Electronic Show looking for a peek at the future, something that will change our lives or habits forever.

    This year I found it, not a big flashy booth or at a major keynote, but at the Girl Scout of the USA’s Southern Nevada offices.

  • Community’s female leaders get sweet recognition from Girl Scouts

    By Brian Greenspun 

    Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014 | 2 a.m.

    So, who likes dessert before dinner?



    I suppose there are some people who would shudder at the thought, but most people I know, including yours truly, would jump at the idea of having dessert first. It would make for a sweet evening.



    And that is exactly what hundreds of Las Vegans experienced recently at Caesars Palace when they turned out to support the Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada.

    The Girl Scout program hasn’t been at the top of my list of community programs for many, many years, but that says more about me and my advancing age than it does about this wonderful program for our community. If I were a young father with an eligible daughter, the Girl Scouts would be getting my attention.

    That’s not only because of the type of values they help instill in young girls — the kind that help them grow up to be confident and accomplished leaders in our community — but also because they serve dessert before dinner!

    My wife and I went to the dinner to support our friends who were being honored for their own commitment to community and, especially, the Scouting effort in Southern Nevada. Seven outstanding women were acknowledged for their work to advance the roles of women in our society. Indeed, in their o...

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  • Cookies Change The World

    If you like your Girl Scout cookies gourmet style, you’ll want to be at Dessert Before Dinner this Saturday, September 27, at Caesars Palace. While mingling, sipping cocktails and bidding in the silent auction, event attendees get to sample desserts that local chefs will make in a baking competition based on a Girl Scout cookie. Dinner follows, along with inspirational speeches by local women of note, all of which raises money for Girls Scouts of Southern Nevada.

    It’s Liz Ortenburger’s second time hosting the event as CEO. In advance of her major annual fundraiser, the scout-in-chief talked to Desert Companion about her vision for the local organization and, of course, cookies.

    You came to Las Vegas for the top job at Girls Scouts of Southern Nevada in September 2013. What drew you to the position?

    I’d been with Girl Scouts in the early part of my career, then went back to graduate school, and then was with the YMCA. I felt I was ready to step into the CEO seat and use what I’d learned in graduate school and put into practice at the Y to take an organization to another place.

    What place is that?

    Our traditional model has been two to three adults taking on groups of 10-15 girls. It’s a 250-300 hour time commitment, which is difficult for a working parent to handle. We looked at the model and asked how we could...

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  • Have Dessert Before Dinner With the Girl Scouts

    Remember when Mom used to warn you not to fill up on sweets before dinner? Well, the Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada are giving you permission to do just that September 27 at their annual Dessert Before Dinner gala at Caesars Palace. The event will feature a full dinner as well as a cocktail reception, silent auction and performance by Terry Fator, and will honor seven local female leaders who have had an impact on the community. But the highlight for anyone with a sweet tooth will be a pre-dinner dessert competition that will pit some of the town’s top pastry chefs against each other. The only rule is that they’ll have to create their sweet treats using Girl Scout Cookies. Guests at the gala will then vote on who made the best dessert.

    So how do the pastry chefs feel about having their creations served front and center, rather than leaving the final taste in diners’ mouths? “I like it, I think it’s a fun concept,” says Stratosphere pastry chef Cynthia Werth, whose white-chocolate raspberry cheesecake with a Thin Mint cookie crust tied for first place in last year’s competition. But, she admits, “I’m sure that it spoils some appetites for dinner.”

    Werth and the other contestants will work with a different cookie this year: shortbread....

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  • These Are the Worst (and Best) States in America to Raise Girls

    Raising girls? It might be harder in some states than others, according to a new report by the Girl Scout Research Institute. (Yes, there is a Girl Scout Research Institute.)

    The study ranked all 50 states based on statistical indicators of the welfare of girls ages five to 17: physical health and safety, economic well-being, education, emotional health, and participation in extracurricular activities.

    The lowest-ranked state is Mississippi, where one out of three school-age girls lives in poverty. About 37 percent of 10- to 17-year-olds are overweight, and 13 percent of six- to 17-year-olds have experienced neighborhood violence. Education in the Magnolia State lags as well: Only 20 percent of eighth-grade girls are proficient in math, well below the national rate of 34 percent, and just over a quarter of fourth graders can read at grade level or above, below the national rate of 37 percent.

    Southern states didn’t fare well. Five of the 10 lowest-ranked states were in the Southeast; the other five were in the Southwest. Nevada, New Mexico, and Arizona follow Mississippi as the worst states for a girl’s well-being, according to the report.  

    Low educational achievement and high levels of ob...

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  • Girl Scouts World of Girls

    The SBE Foundation, the charitable arm of the hospitality and entertainment company behind the SLS Las Vegas (formerly the Sahara), presented a $30,000 donation to After-School All-Stars Las Vegas during the famed Ringing of the Bell ceremony that signaled the opening of the new property at 2535 Las Vegas Blvd. South.

    The donation will be used to support After-School All-Stars’ free, comprehensive after-school academic and enrichment programs for more than 5,000 underprivileged students in 13 different Clark County School District elementary and middle schools.

    For more information about After-School All-Stars, visit


    Nevada State Bank has donated $25,000 to Eye Care 4 Kids, a nonprofit that provides free eyeglasses to low-income Southern Nevada schoolchildren.

    For more information about the group, visit


    The Junior League of Las Vegas plans to award education grants to Clark County teachers for use during the upcoming 2014-15 school year. Educators from public and private primary and secondary schools are encouraged to apply. Aided by a $7,500 contribution from NV Energy, the education grants for up to $1,000 each are applicable to any creative curriculum, in any subject area, that strives to enhance student learning.

    Applications can be downloaded from and must be submitted by Sep...

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  • Girl Scouts look for recruits at their “World of Girls” event

    LAS VEGAS -- The girl scouts of Southern Nevada are looking for girls to join and for parents to volunteer, and they hope their “World of Girls” event, which was held in Las Vegas Saturday will get that message out loud and clear.

    STEM is he buzzword in Girl Scouts now and it stands for science, technology, engineering, and math.

    “To see kids get intellectually stimulated by any STEM curriculum is just so rewarding. It really shows the upcoming generation, they really know where their priorities need to be and they find it fun,” Alana Sussman of Mad Science said.

    Sussman is one of the co-owners of Mad Science, which provides hands on experience in these fields. She's part of the “World of Girls” event where the girl scouts of Southern Nevada are showing what they're about.

    “It takes a community to raise a successful child, and in a girl's life, she needs leadership and mentorship very much, and girl scouting is a great program to do that,” Liz Ortenburger, one of the Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada said.

    Jill Pressman found the program intriguing enough; she said she may sign up her own two daughters. “The biggest pro is learning about different things they can do in the community; learning about first aid, and learning about how to be a community member, Pressman said.

    Chloe Jones said she's been a Girl Scout for three years now and she's shared her knowledge of CPR with her peers.

    There's an estimated 10-th...

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