The Got Milk? Girl Scouts are about to make a comeback.
Fifteen years ago, 9-year-old Megan Weber of Danville was one of three Girl Scouts selected for a "Got Milk?" advertising campaign. The California Milk Processor Board campaign coincided with the 1997 Girl Scout cookie sale.
A petite, freckle-faced redhead, Weber appeared on billboards throughout the area holding a stack of Girl Scout cookie boxes practically as tall as she was.
Weber, now 25 and living in Sweden, returned to the Bay Area this month to help promote the search for three new Girl Scouts during the 15th anniversary of the initial advertising campaign with the Girl Scouts.
Registered Girl Scouts are encouraged to submit a photo showing how Girl Scouts and milk are helping them become strong, healthy and confident young women. There are 861 members in the Danville area who are eligible to participate in the contest, 49,000 in 19 Northern California counties and more than 200,000 throughout California.
"Of course, I'm interested in coming back to help two organizations that have impacted my life," said Walker, who has been in a media whirlwind, doing interviews and making TV appearances.
"It was one of the best things I've ever done," she said, "and I think it's just great that they're going to let three more girls have the same experience. I did it because it was fun!"
The top three Girl Scouts in the Got Milk? photo contest will each receive a $500 U.S. Savings Bond and will be featured on a billboard (or comparable advertising media) in their hometowns. The contest is open to all registered Girl Scouts in kindergarten through Grade 12 who belong to one of the eight California councils, including Girl Scouts of Northern California.
From now until Dec. 17, Girl Scouts may submit a photo with a caption of no more than eight words showcasing the contest prompt: "How have Girl Scouts and milk helped them become strong, healthy and confident young women?"
The Girl Scout submitting the photo and dairy milk must be featured on the photo. In addition to the three grand prizes, camp scholarships worth $350 each will also be given to 24 finalists. For contest rules, go to www.gotmilk.com/news. Grand prize winners will be notified by Jan. 31.
Walker earned her Girl Scout Gold Award (the equivalent of an Eagle Scout rank in Boy Scouts) when she was 15. She is a lifetime member of the organization.
She graduated from San Francisco State in 2007 with a bachelor of science degree and is pursuing her master's degree in psychology at Karlstad University in Karlstad, Sweden.
"I want to continue on and get my doctorate, then teach clinical psychology and work with children who've experienced trauma in war-torn countries," Walker said.
Walker appeared on billboards during Girl Scout cookie-month sales in 1997, 1998 and 1999.