Did you know Dorothy Hamill, 1976 Winter Olympic gold medalist, was a Girl Scout?
I was really honored when I was asked to serve as the Mistress of Ceremonies in this year’s Girl Scout’s Gold Award Ceremony on Wed, May 29th in West Long Branch, NJ. The Gold Award, highest distinction earned by only 5.4% of eligible girl scouts, recognizes young women who demonstrate exceptional leadership in carrying out a community project having a sustained and measurable impact. It was only last year when I was striving and aspiring to be a gold award recipient. Now, I am a Girl Scout Ambassador serving on the CEO Advisory Board, actively involved in promoting Girl Scouts and its programs to younger girls in hopes of developing girl leaders and empowering them to realize their potential.
Girl Scout CEO Eileen Higgins and Guest Speaker Carol Stillwell (President and CEO of Stillwell-Hansen, Inc.) address the 2019 Gold Award recipients. To learn more about my 2018 Gold Award project, please go to https://www.facebook.com/81789241560/posts/10155621180761561/
Since 3rd grade, I’ve been a Girl Scout and I credit Girl Scouts for my success and achievements to date. Girl Scouts encourages girls to participate in sports to help them become more confident. An independent study conducted by Tufts University Character and Merit Project in June 2015, compared character traits of Scouts and non-Scouts over a two-and-a-half-year period. The study found that children who participate in scouting and youth sports are more likely to develop positive social values including ‘helping others’ or ‘doing the right thing’ than youth who only play sports (Scouting Wire, ‘Can Scouting and Sports Coexist?’, Nov 24, 2015)
My years of girl scouting has exposed me to new learning and exciting adventures- exploring different interests, developing new skills, challenging myself, and overcoming setbacks. I’ve built courage, perseverance, and commitment which not only help me become a leader in school and in skating but in life.
I will be forever proud to say, ‘I’m a Girl Scout’
THANK YOU G