BRIDGING THE GAP FOR The GSSNE Community Outreach and Extended Learning Program is designed to provide girls in underserved communities with the opportunity to experience Girl Scout Programming while earning badges and fun patches. For the 2018 membership year, GSSNE was able to serve over 1,000 girls in Providence, East Providence, Woonsocket, Pawtucket, Central Falls, Fall River, Newport, Middletown and North Kingstown. GSSNE is able to provide the Girl Scout Leadership Experience to girls in underserved communities, thanks to the continued support of generous donors and community partnerships. "I love being a Girl Scout. I am so happy we were able to come here and have this amazing experience. I'm never going to forget it." What makes the work so important? Having a program like Community Outreach and Extended Learning is vital to the Girl Scout Movement. GSSNE has an opportunity and a responsibility to reach girls, who benefit from a program like Girl Scouts, which fosters a safe, welcoming environment where girls are not afraid, but rather are eager to express their ideas and opinions. Girls learn persistence with an “I can” attitude, while working towards the various curriculum and/or badge activities. “I can…Travel!” Having worked hard during the Girl Scout Cookie Program, girls in Troop 3190 from Pawtucket were able to fund their very first troop trip to the New England Aquarium to work on their Animal Habitat Badge! For most of the girls, it was their first train ride! The full learning experience at the aquarium included touring different exhibits ranging from penguins to sea turtles, viewing the giant ocean tank, and experiencing the interactive animal touch tank. A Boston police officer who was on duty at the Aquarium insisted on "photobombing" the girls. He even said “Girl Scouts are tomorrow's leaders.” Junior Girl Scout Ariana said, "I love being a Girl Scout. I am so happy we were able to come here and have this amazing experience. I'm never going to forget it."