AU Dining Services Teams Up with Girl Scouts of Ohio’s Heartland

AU Dining Services Teams Up with Girl Scouts of Ohio’s Heartland

2/10/15 ASHLAND, Ohio – Ashland University Dining Services has agreed to partner with the Girl Scouts of Ohio’s Heartland to help girl scouts earn their cooking badge certifications. The girls will be a part of a new week long program that AU Dining Services will host in early June.

The program manager of the Girl Scouts of Ohio’s Heartland, Lindsay Collett, is looking forward to the partnership.

“Girl Scouts of Ohio’s Heartland is very excited to start this partnership with Ashland University Dining Services,” Collett said. “Northeast Ohio is an area that we have always wanted to expand programs to and we believe this is a great start to being able to serve that region.”

The program, which will be based in the lower level of the John C. Myers Convocation Center, will take place during five days -- June 1, 2, 4, 5 and 8. Each new day will feature a different age group working to attain their cooking badge certification. The ranks that will be hosted are the Daisies, Brownies, Juniors, Cadettes and Seniors.

Each age group will have different tasks that they will have to achieve ranging from receiving a tour of the student dining facility to actually making their own meals in the kitchen. These different programs range from teaching the girls about the health effects of the food they eat to planning and creating a three-course meal. The young girls will spend the day fulfilling all of their badge requirements.

The partnership began thanks to a recommendation from an attendee of the AU Young Chef Camp held last summer. “It was actually thanks to a coworker’s daughter who attended the camp. She said it was a blast and that AU Dining was very professional,” Collett said.

Fred Geib, general manager of dining operations at AU, looks forward to the program this summer.

“This program allows us to stay busy over the summer,” Geib said. “Our staff will continue to work and it’s a brand new partnership that we are bringing to Ashland University. Whenever we can help the community we jump right on it, Ashland University cares. This definitely has the possibility to become a long term arrangement with the Girl Scouts of Ohio’s Heartland.”

The cooking certification week is months away however both organizations are already in preparation.

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