I Look Forward to What the Future Holds

Written by: Victoria M., Guest Blogger

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I joined Girl Scouts as a Cadette while in 7th grade. I went to a recruiting event and the one thing that stood out to me the most was a line from our Girl Scout Law, “Make the world a better place.” I wanted to join Girl Scouts to help improve my community while having fun and making new friends. I was excited yet nervous when my mother told me I would be attending my first Girl Scout meeting. It took me a while to open up but I was very happy when it happened. 

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As a Girl Scout I’ve had some amazing opportunities to do things that otherwise I might not have been able to do. I went on an urban backpacking trip to Baltimore where we did service projects to help the community. We did things like plant trees, help rebuild a park, serve food at a soup kitchen, meet the mayor of Baltimore, and even tour Washington D.C., which included visits to the Holocaust Museum, Lincoln Memorial, and Washington Monument.

9 As a Media Marvel, I learned how media affects our everyday lives and the ins and outs of the media world. Additionally, I’ve had the opportunity to meet and work with some of our women veterans; take part in various media opportunities, like making a video and being a photographer; and attend special events like Little Black Dress and Women in Business’s SMARTgirl.

I am a Counselor in Training (CIT). Through CIT weekend, I’ve acquired leadership skills to help mentor younger Girls Scouts and run programs while at camp. All of the CITs, myself included, are First Aid, CPR, and AED-certified. I am also a certified lifeguard thanks to Girl Scouts. I love not only attending camp, but also helping as a CIT whenever possible. 19

I am also part of the Junior Sales Specialist team. We help run the shop in Sarasota and traveling shops. We open and close the store, put out merchandise, restock, recover, set up and break down the traveling shops, assist customers and work the register, all while having fun and learning at the same time.

23The Girl Scout Cookie Program has taught me, and others like me, how to be more confident, hone my people skills, practice business ethics, manage money, and set goals. In addition to helping me have more confidence and treat the world with kindness, Girl Scouting has given me many other invaluable skills and experiences that I will take with me into adulthood.

I have made great friendships that will last a lifetime but most importantly, I have gained a second family.

I have loved every minute of being a Girl Scout. I want to thank all of my troop leaders, council members, and the Girl Scout Movement for helping me become who I am today. I look forward to what the future holds.

 

North Port Girl Scout Promotes Peace

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Sarasota County resident and Pine View School graduate Bianca Carey earned Girl Scouting’s highest honor—the Gold Award—with her project titled PeaceJam.

PeaceJam is an international organization empowering youth to create positive change in their communities. Compelled by their mission, Bianca decided to establish a PeaceJam club at Sarasota Suncoast Academy, a local middle school. She designs and delivers the curriculum at their meetings. Her club has celebrated UN Human Rights Day, started a random-acts-of-kindness initiative, collected donations that Bianca hand delivered to Panama, and planned a Day Without Hate event.

“Thanks to my Gold Award, I am happy to say that I, along with the students, have mastered the art of brainstorming and developing an action plan.”

The Girl Scout Gold Award, open to high school Girl Scouts, recognizes girls who demonstrate extraordinary leadership through take-action projects with sustainable impact in their communities. The Gold Award is so prestigious that some universities and colleges offer scholarships unique to Gold Award Girl Scouts, and girls who enlist in the U.S. Armed Forces may receive advanced rank in recognition of their achievements.

Congratulations, Bianca!

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These Heroes Don’t Wear Capes…They Wear Girl Scout Vests

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Now, as hurricane season approaches, you can turn to your local Girl Scout for advice, proper protocol, and of course, a friendly hand. This is all thanks to Hurricane Heroes, a program developed and executed by two incredible Girl Scout volunteers—Erika Rolando and Nicole Knapp.

On Saturday, June 1, which just so happens to be the first day of hurricane season, over 150 Girl Scouts convened at Camp Honi Hanta to participate in activities like sandbagging, mock window boarding, creating an emergency kit for their families, learning basic pet first aid, and witnessing a virtual hurricane.

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Guest speakers from the Sarasota Bradenton International Airport, Manatee County Emergency Management, Manatee County Emergency Medical Services, and Manatee County Public Works led the discussion about evacuating versus staying during a storm threat.

With their new skills and knowledge, these girls can help prepare for storm season, while being an educated part of the conversation when their family discusses their options.

Erika Rolando said it best, “During a natural disaster, you’re trying to help your neighbors and you’re trying to help other people, so the more hands the better. It’s a community effort—the more you know, the more you grow and the more people you can help.”

See the full album of pictures here.

Read the news article from Herald-Tribune here.

We would like to show our appreciation to the following:

  • Manatee County Emergency Management
  • Manatee County Emergency Medical Services
  • Manatee County Public Works
  • Sarasota Bradenton International Airport
  • Pittsburgh Pirates/Bradenton Marauders
  • Mission BBQ
  • Bayshore Animal Hospital
  • Manatee Memorial Hospital
  • Lowe’s
  • Publix
  • Women of the Moose
  • Manatee Apparel

 

 

Venice Girl Scout Wants You to Bee Aware

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Sarasota County resident and Venice High School student Madison Campbell earned Girl Scouting’s highest honor—the Gold Award—with her project titled Bee Aware.

For her Gold Award, Madison focused on the topic of bee endangerment and how people can make changes in their everyday lives to help the pollination crisis. She interviewed apiarists and plant experts, toured nurseries and hives, and presented her findings at the downtown Venice farmers market. Madison collected signatures of people who pledge to be a bee advocate, sold honey in benefit of a local beekeeper, and passed out kits to children so they can become honey bee gardeners at home.

“I learned how to be more confident in what I have to say, schedule my time better, and be more willing to ask for help.”

The Girl Scout Gold Award, open to high school Girl Scouts, recognizes girls who demonstrate extraordinary leadership through take-action projects with sustainable impact in their communities. The Gold Award is so prestigious that some universities and colleges offer scholarships unique to Gold Award Girl Scouts, and girls who enlist in the U.S. Armed Forces may receive advanced rank in recognition of their achievements.

Congratulations, Madison!

Media Marvels Make Moves at Young Women of Distinction

las0377-e1559908988992.jpgDid you notice girls zooming around Young Women of Distinction in lime green shirts? If so, you spotted a Media Marvel! What are Media Marvels, you ask?

Media Marvels is a program series offered to Girl Scout Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors who have an interest in broadcast, print, or digital media and want hands-on learning experiences. Media Marvels have exclusive access to external media opportunities, such as appearances on television and radio, magazine photoshoots, and interviews with newspaper journalists as well as workshops to learn what it’s like to be behind the camera, write news stories, and capture professional photos.

On Sunday, May 19, Media Marvels were deployed to interview their sister Girl Scouts at two prime locations. One interview station featured Media Marvels Allison C. on the microphone and Faith H. behind the camera. They brought girls and volunteers on stage to answer questions about their Girl Scout experiences in front of a massive Media Marvels backdrop.

The second interview station, called the Gold Award Meet & Greet, highlighted the hard work and incredible projects of our 2019 Gold Award Girl Scouts. Here you could find Media Marvels Brittanie W. videotaping, and talk-show host Pepper R. asking thought-provoking questions.

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Some other Media Marvels featured on stage were Gabriella S., one of our three emcees, and two of our Gold Award Girl Scouts, Madison C. and Emily M.

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Interested in being a part of the Media Marvels program? We always look forward to growing the program and now is the best time to join! We have two events coming up that are exclusive to current Media Marvels and those interested in joining the program. Girls must agree to a minimum one-year participation commitment. For questions, please email mediamarvels@gsgcf.org.

Media Marvels Safari Photography Workshop: Thursday, June 20 @ Camp Caloosa from 1:00-4:00 p.m.

Media Marvels Portrait and Object Photography Workshop: Friday, July 19 @ Gulfcoast Event and Conference Center from 1:00-4:00 p.m.

Port Charlotte Girl Scout Provides Comfort to Cancer Warriors

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Charlotte County resident and Lemon Bay High School graduate Caleigh Cabral earned Girl Scouting’s highest honor—the Gold Award—with her project titled Comfort for Cancer Warriors.

Caleigh completed her Gold Award in honor of her grandpa, who she lost four years ago to cancer. With treatment rooms being kept so cold, she realized cancer warriors needed lap blankets to keep warm. Caleigh taught the members of the Lemon Bay High School Key Club how to make the blankets and arranged for the Englewood Area Cancer Foundation to be the ongoing recipient. Through her community presentations and online presence, she’s reached people as far as Rhode Island who want to help.

“My Gold Award taught me that a good leader listens to other people’s ideas and then works together to make them a reality.”

The Girl Scout Gold Award, open to high school Girl Scouts, recognizes girls who demonstrate extraordinary leadership through take-action projects with sustainable impact in their communities. The Gold Award is so prestigious that some universities and colleges offer scholarships unique to Gold Award Girl Scouts, and girls who enlist in the U.S. Armed Forces may receive advanced rank in recognition of their achievements.

Congratulations, Caleigh!

 

 

Naples Girl Scout Keeps Rescue Dogs’ Tails Wagging

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Collier County resident and Seacrest Country Day student Saffron Buxton earned Girl Scouting’s highest honor—the Gold Award—with her project titled Canine Comforters.

Inspired by her passion for rescue dogs, Saffron partnered with Humane Society Naples to tackle the issue of overcrowding in shelters. Her goal was two-fold: educate the community about the importance of successful adoption and improve the dogs’ overall experience. Saffron collected fabric and taught classes on how to craft K-9 security blankets, created resources for new pet parents, and hosted informational workshops for teens and special needs groups.

“Because of my Gold Award I have become more confident. It certainly helped that I believed in my cause because it gave me the courage to keep going.”

The Girl Scout Gold Award, open to high school Girl Scouts, recognizes girls who demonstrate extraordinary leadership through take-action projects with sustainable impact in their communities. The Gold Award is so prestigious that some universities and colleges offer scholarships unique to Gold Award Girl Scouts, and girls who enlist in the U.S. Armed Forces may receive advanced rank in recognition of their achievements.

Congratulations, Saffron!