Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Guest Blogger Emma Downey shares her Girl Scout Experience at the Creative Problem Solving Institution in Buffalo, NY

Our Trip to the Creative Problem Solving Institution in Buffalo


Emma Downey

Hustling and bustling to the airport in the early hours of the morning to catch a flight to Buffalo New York was just the beginning of our trip to the Creative Problem Solving Institution Conference (a.k.a. CPSI). Over the next week our group of 6 girls and 5 adults would become more creative, become leaders and some even CPSI presenters, experience creativity in new and extreme ways, and create friendships to last forever.
To begin with, our group of six girls had lots of fun learning the creative problem solving method in the Youthwise program. In addition we were able to meet and network with many professionals such as Tony Baxter, a Walt Disney Imagineer and the Senior Vice President of Creative Development at Walt Disney Imagineering. These experiences were invaluable and taught us about creativity and finding ourselves. We also met new role models and friends, grew close to the old ones, and bonded with each other. It seems almost impossible the amount of things we accomplished in a week!
While in Buffalo we were able to discover Niagara Falls, rock out at a Rusted Root concert, and attend Shakespeare in the Park too. So whether we were lying in the grassy lawn watching a play in the park, listening to amazing rock music, or getting soaked by the roaring falls we were always having fun! This was definitely a trip we will never forget!