On Saturday, January 14, the Girl Scouts of Northeastern New York partnered with Capital Region CANstruction to combine STEM concepts with community service at the Empire State Plaza in downtown Albany.
The collaboration between Capital Region CANstruction, The Food Pantries for the Capital District, and OGS led to a great display of team work and service resulting in a donation of over 2,000 cans. In addition to the build at Empire State Plaza, additional service units built structures in Plattsburg, which will benefit that local community.
The teams designed using a collection from individual service unit food drives and choose to build based upon one of two themes: “My favorite Girls Scout Cookie” or “GO TEAM,” which is the 2017 Capital Region CANstruction theme.
A special girl scout badge (pictured) was designed for all participants!
Lily, from troop 2115, wrote the following about their experience:
Every year, professional engineering and architecture firms build structures out of food cans to call attention to hunger insecurity. This event is called CANstruction, and the cans used in the structures are then donated to local food pantries. Inspired by the event held in Albany in 2016, we asked the Girl Scouts of Northeast New York (GSNENY) about participating in CANstruction 2017. As a result, GSNENY is hosting its first ever Girl Scouts Can Do on Saturday, January 14, 2017.
Our Troop of 10th grade Senior Girl Scouts took the lead on designing and building a structure with the other troops from Niskayuna. There were two themes for Girl Scouts Can Do 2017: Go Team (the same theme as CANstruction 2017) and My Favorite Girl Scout Cookie. We invited Girl Scouts in Niskayuna to submit ideas for either theme. We turned those ideas into preliminary sketches. At our annual community service event in November, Elf Fest, the attendees voted for their favorite design. The clear winner was a design inspired by the Girl Scout Way badges, one for each level of Girl Scouts (Brownie to Ambassador). We also incorporated the Daisy promise center and petals (which represent the Girl Scout Promise and Law).
Our Troop then figured out how many cans of what colors would be needed to turn the design into reality. Then, the troops in Niskayuna helped to collect the cans we needed. We also had help from the Town of Niskayuna, which promoted our food drive and was a collection site.
Our plan called for a box 10 cans tall and 9 cans to a side, for a total of 320 cans. We actually collected 406 cans and other food items for donation to the food pantries in the Capital District.
Thank you to all who helped make this a wonderful event!