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Published on October 30th, 2019 | by Millennium Magazine Staff


Girl Scouts of SC – Mountains to Midlands Debut Leadership Center

Cathy Novinger Girl Scout Leadership Center opens doors to public, leadership opportunities for girls

COLUMBIA, SC– Girl Scouts of South Carolina – Mountains to Midlands welcomed elected officials, community leaders, Girl Scouts, and their families to celebrate the opening of the Cathy Novinger Girl Scout Leadership Center on Saturday, October 26, 2019. The Leadership Center first started construction in October 2018, and has been the focus of a multi-year fundraising campaign. The Leadership Center is a premier destination for girls, in our council as well as across the southeast, and the country, to help prepare them to become women of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.

“Having the community join us to celebrate the Cathy Novinger Girl Scout Leadership Center’s opening reinforces the Girl Scout values that this facility is meant to build within our members and the community,” said Karen Mitchell, Chair of the ToGetHerThere Capital Campaign. “This weekend, we celebrated the inclusivity that the Cathy Novinger Girl Scout Leadership Center represents.”

Saturday’s open house was the first public event and official grand opening of the Leadership Center. Among those in attendance were Representative Jim Clyburn, Lt. Governor Pamela Evette, and South Carolina First Lady Peggy McMaster. Attendees explored the brand new facility with colorful, guided pathways to the Center’s leadership development experiences including the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Lab, Arts Studio, Outdoors Section and Healthy Living Kitchen all open for different Girl Scout activities and learning sessions. Guests also saw the completion of the indoor rappelling and climbing wall, overnight housing, Girlz Gear retail shop, and Midlands Service Center.

The Leadership Center is set to be an incubator for South Carolina’s talent pipeline by encouraging indoor and outdoor activities in Arts, Business Enterprise, Healthy Living, Outdoor Education, and STEM. These experiences aim to prepare girls to empower themselves to become women of courage, confidence and character by nurturing all creative and educational ventures.

“We have been so excited to show the public what the Cathy Novinger Girl Scout Leadership Center can do for them and our girls,” said Meredith Manning, Girl Scouts of South Carolina – Mountains to Midlands Board Chair. “As we focus on teaching our girls leadership development, it is important that parents, families and community leaders see how we plan to do that. This weekend was a preview for what this center will achieve.”

The Girl Scout Leadership Experience is a one-of-a-kind leadership development program, with proven results, for girls. This leadership experience has the space to grow through troop and council programming at the 32,000 square-foot Leadership Center, centrally located in Columbia’s downtown Vista on the edges of the Congaree River. The Center will also be open to community gatherings. To find out more about how to get involved in Girl Scouts and join one of the largest organizations in the world, visit:

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