Heroic Girls Foundation Brings Graphic Novel Literacy Program To The Girl Scouts

Scouts will read, analyze and discuss the Eisner Award-winning comic “Lumberjanes”

Oct 29, 2021, Sacramento, Calif.

The Heroic Girls Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving equality for women and girls, has partnered with the Girl Scouts Heart of Central California to read “Lumberjanes,” an award-winning graphic novel that follows a fictional group of “Lumberjane Scouts” as they uncover long-hidden mysteries and battle supernatural forces at summer camp.

“Comic books have been proven to spark interest in reading, for reluctant readers,” said Heroic Girls Founder and President John Marcotte. “And the medium requires children to combine and analyze text, visual and pictorial elements – teaching story structure, grammar and spelling in a format that is instantly accessible to kids and giving them the tools they need to understand and analyze any story in any book.”

This pilot program — which takes place on November 6, 2020 — is a smaller version of the Hero Academy, a literacy and diversity program the Heroic Girls Foundation ran in conjunction with the Sacramento City Unified School District last year.

“Lumberjanes” follows a group of girls named Mal, Ripley, Molly, April, and Jo spending summer at a scout camp, and the strange creatures and supernatural phenomena they encounter there. The comic won two Eisner Awards for excellence in comics in 2015: Best New Series and Best Series For Teens. 

“We couldn’t be happier to offer this program to our Girl Scouts,” said Taylor Mobley, Program Strategy & Engagement Specialist with the Girl Scouts Heart of Central California. “The core values of the Lumberjanes are values we want all Girl Scouts to embody: diversity, acceptance, curiosity and ‘Friendship to the max!’”

Heroic Girls 
Phone: (916) 800-HERO (4376)
Email: [email protected]

Girl Scouts Heart of Central California 
Contact: Taylor Mobley
Phone:  (916) 452-9181
Email: [email protected]

Heroic Girls Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the representation of women and girls in pop culture as a way to promote better gender equality in the real world.