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Los Angeles Area Girls Prepare For Launch Of Scouts BSA

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Girls from across Los Angeles are gearing up to join the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) in its most iconic program this February.

“I can’t wait to go camping, earn merit badges, and go on adventures with my friends,” said Alexis Shrewsbury, a future Scout from Santa Clarita.

Alexis and countless other girls will join local troops next month thanks to the BSA’s historic decision to open the Boy Scout program, which will be called Scouts BSA, to both boys and girls ages 11-17.

Troops will be single-gender and will meet independently. Numerous Troops have already formed in anticipation for the launch of Scouts BSA, from Beverly Hills and Culver City, to the San Fernando Valley, and Lancaster.

“The experiences and skills that Scouting provides are incredibly valuable to all youth– not just boys. I’m honored to help offer this opportunity to the girls and young women in our community,” said Troop 2019 adult volunteer leader Jessica Pazdernik.

Some of the girls who plan to join Troop 2019 are coming from the BSA’s Cub Scout program, which opened to girls age 5-10 in 2018. Since then, more than 77,000 girls have joined the program, but the troop is also seeing interest from young women in the community who would be joining a BSA program for the first time.

“When I heard it would be possible for me to join Scouting and work to become an Eagle Scout, I knew I had to find a Scouts BSA troop to join,” explained Anna Fineberg. “I can’t wait for our troop’s adventures – this is something I have been excited to do for a long time.”

Girls and families who are interested in learning more about Scouts BSA can find a unit near them by visiting BeAScout.org.

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AED Program Renewed for the 2019 Arkansas River Whitewater Rafting Season

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The Arkansas River Outfitters Association (AROA) has implemented an additional layer of safety for its industry by placing Automated External Defibrillators (AED) at key points along the Arkansas River from Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day, 2019.

“Nothing is without risk. AROA is constantly looking for ways to help make the river safer. We want to be prepared for any situation,” said Brandon Slate, President of AROA – a trade organization made up of 30 river outfitters within the Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area (AHRA).

AEDs are high-tech, life-saving, medical devices that deliver an electrical shock to re-establish the heart’s rhythm in the event of sudden cardiac arrest. The sophisticated device gives visual and even audible instructions to talk users through the process until medical professionals arrive.

This groundbreaking program started last year but will be further enhanced this season. AROA will rent and place 12 AEDs – up from eight last year – along 100 miles of the river to coincide with Colorado Parks and Wildlife backboard locations.

“This is a model program. We are the first to do it to this extent,” said Slate. “There are buildings near rivers that have AED’s inside, but none that are set up in wilderness areas like we’re doing that are specifically designated for boaters to use.”

Encased in waterproof boxes, the AEDs are posted along the Arkansas River from Leadville to Cañon City from Memorial Day Weekend to Labor Day. A notable partner is Colorado Parks and Wildlife through the AHRA. Rangers will deploy the devices, and regularly check and maintain them. Northwest River Supply (NRS) also collaborated with this program by providing water-proof boxes at a discount.

“Of course, we hope we never have to use the AEDs, but having them there is important for overall river safety,” said Slate.

“At AROA, we are proud to be a leader in promoting safety on the river and throughout the river communities,” said Slate.  “AROA’s overall efforts on safety issues make the Arkansas River a great place to take your family and friends whitewater rafting.”

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RVshare Launches National Parks Guides

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RVshare, the world’s largest RV rental marketplace, has launched in-depth guides to all 60 of the United States’ National Parks. According to RVshare customer data, more than half of RV renters are headed to national parks. In response, RVshare’s team of travel experts created these guides to serve as an easy-to-use online resource to navigate the ins and outs of national parks. They provide valuable tips in one place, including the best hiking trails, nearby towns and entertainment, where to camp, and more. Explore the guides at www.rvshare.com/national-parks.

“We want to change the way people experience our National Parks,” says Megan Buemi, Sr. Content Marketing Manager at RVshare. “Taking an RV trip lets travelers really get up close and personal with what the parks have to offer. Being able to camp right in the park under the stars, or step out of your RV to start hiking up a mountain or along a beach is a pretty incredible and unique experience.”

According to the National Park Service, an estimated 331 million people visited National Parks in the U.S. in 2017. With 60 parks spanning across the country, adventure-seekers in every region have access to explore at least one of the scenic, preserved lands. In addition to popular destinations like the Grand Canyon, the RVshare National Park guides spotlight lesser-known parks, such as Wind Cave in South Dakota, and the remote North Cascades in Washington.

With the guides, RVshare’s goal is to highlight the breathtaking views, incredible wildlife and endless adventure of the parks and encourage travelers to explore the beautiful escapes in an unparalleled experience, quite different than staying at a hotel and driving in for the day. In addition to being immersed in nature and having immediate access to campfires and beautiful trails, RVs offer the added benefit of bringing more family members and pets along.

Other features to enhance the experience include RV delivery options in select cities, roadside assistance and 24/7 customer service and insurance.

For additional information and to book your next rental, visit rvshare.com.

 

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Adventure Travel Influencer Himadri Garg Releases her Maiden Novel ‘Ghoomophiro’

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  • Leading publishing house, Kalamos Literary Services LLP, releases her first travel fiction titled ‘Ghoomophiro- Travel bringing families together’ globally
  • Himadri Garg is a travel influencer and heads a digital agency. She writes her travel musings on Ghoomophiro and showcase her photography skills in an annual exhibition ‘Shades of India’.

India’s leading adventure travel influencer, Himadri Garg released her first fiction novel ‘Ghoomophiro- Travel bringing families together’ at the World Book Fair held at New Delhi. The book is a travel fiction that revolves around the lives of two sisters Nitika and Kritika and their exciting and much-awaited trip with their family. Both of them are travellers and during this trip, they discuss everything about their travel tales. The book has been published by New Delhi based publishing house, Kalamos Literary Services LLP.

Himadri Garg is a travel photographer who started her travel journey with her sister Prachi Garg in early 2007. In the past 12 years, the two sisters have travelled to the most remote and unexplored parts of the country. In the year 2010 she decided to take her passion to the next level with her sister Prachi Garg to help other solo women also chase their travel dreams. This eventually lead to the birth of their travel startup http://www.ghoomophiro.com . They have been featured across leading news outlets including CNN, Tripoto, SBS, Holidify.

Commenting on the launch of her book, Himadri Garg says, “As a kid we have always travelled as a family and I cherish the times that we spent with our family during those travels. Till date, we have an yearly travel family affair to the places with minimum network connectivity so that as a family we can spend quality time. The idea of writing this book was to encourage people to travel.”

Her book ‘Ghoomophiro- Travel bringing families together’ is inspired by her travel experiences along with her sister. The novel evolves around two sisters Nitika and Kritika who are extremely fond of travelling and plan to celebrate their 25th travel anniversary with their complete family. The book is a conversation between two sisters and the family who are curious about their experiences and different aspects of travel.

With its vivid descriptions, uplifting adventures, the book narrates the tale of a journey that everyone can live with, relate to and inspire anyone to pack their bags and explore the world outside. The book is priced at Rs. 199 and is available on Amazon, Flipkart, and other major bookstores.

An MBA graduate in Advertising & Marketing Communication from Symbiosis International University, Himadri is an evangelist for ‘Solo Women Travel’. To promote women traveling, she does her annual solo photo exhibition at Indian Habitat Centre, New Delhi which was a unique and one of its kind exhibition that showcased pictures from her travel. Himadri has represented India at ‘Zafigox 2018’ an event for women to learn, discover, be inspired, and meet other bold, adventurous, and extraordinary women. The event held in Malaysia last year. Himadri is one of the country’s leading adventure travel influencer and has received numerous awards for travel achievements.

The ‘GhoomoPhiro Sisters’ Himadri Garg and Prachi Garg are dedicated to showcase India’s amazing scenery and empower women to travel alone, without their families. They customize itinerary for solo and group women travellers to suit their requirement, budget and comfort levels. Their startup also organizes team outings and team building activities for women. They partner with various tourism boards to showcase the beauty of the place via Ghoomophiro.com.

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