The Girl Scouts is more than a bunch of girls who sell cookies every winter. The organization empowers girls and teaches them that they can do anything if they put their minds to it.
That's why they will be hosting their first career fair on Thursday, Feb. 13, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the North Fort Myers Community Center.
Jackie Webster, who is organizing the event, said it's a good recruitment tool, a way for existing girls to bring in new girls, especially Brownie-aged girls, to learn about Girl Scouts and what they can do.
They will also use the Barbie doll as an important tool to help the younger kids learn, which Webster said could be a double-edged sword.
"We have people coming in to tell the girls what they can do when they grow up," Webster said. "Barbie has this image of cutesy and everyone wanted to be like Barbie. We want to show it can be a good thing, but you can do other things as well."
Barbie is also an important part of the show, seeing as the younger girls don't want to sit around and hear an adult talk for 90 minutes.
"They don't want to hear 'I went to school for 10 years and I did, this and this,' We wanted to have some hands-on, interactive things they can do," Webster said. "We pulled in Barbie and arts and crafts for them to do at the table on top of the talk."
The cost is $2 per girl, with adults free, and each girl will receive a patch. There will be picture booths, arts, crafts and other activities, as well as Barbie giveaways and a table with literature about the Girl Scouts and what it can do.
"If you want to be a Girls Scout, here's what you can do. The sky is the limit, so to speak," Webster said. "It's important if you want to be a Girl Scout and it gives girls opportunities they may not have other wise."
To RSVP and for more information, contact Webster at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 910-7726.