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Unleash her inner G.I.R.L.

December 4, 2017

By: Cecily Nisbet

“Thirteen years of fun, challenge, and achievement” was how I described my time in Girl Scouts while attending the dedication of the National Girl Scouts Headquarters in New York City, 1993 – when GSUSA moved in to their new offices.

When I joined Brownies as a second grader in 1980, little did I know what a significant impact it would have on my life.  I have now been an active member of Girl Scouts for over forty-five years.

When I was a Cadette Girl Scout, I wanted to travel – I was a Go-getter.  I applied for the first national Girl Scouts trip that I was old enough to attend.  I was chosen to go to National Center West and experience a rodeo, camping in the snow (in June) and meeting girls from the entire country.  I’ve been able to attend National Conventions in Florida and Minnesota.

I still love to travel –  and in two weeks, I am taking my sixteen Juniors to Kitty Hawk, NC. In preparation for our trip to the coast, the girls learned about flying and built their own kites, which we will fly at Jockey’s Ridge State Park.  They are using their minds like Innovators.

My hope is that I can help these girls learn to live by the Girl Scout Promise and Law.  I want to help them be Risk-Takers and try new activities.  I want them to be Leaders with heart – to think of others and how they can help solve problems.

Learning new things should be fun – and in Girl Scouts it is.  Our troop has learned to make candy from chocolate, we have toured the 911-emergency call center for Orange County, we have learned to make clay pots from Mark Hewitt and explored his huge kiln in Pittsboro, and we have done archery and played Quidditch (with the NC State Quidditch Team!). We – as a troop – have learned to unleash our inner G.I.R.L.

I enjoy being a leader because I learn new things and have fun.  When I was chosen to be a principal speaker at the dedication ceremony in 1993 as a girl member of the National Board, I’m sure I couldn’t imagine my future self.  But if someone had told me that I would become a Girl Scout leader, I wouldn’t have been surprised.  Over the years, I’ve had troops in Brooklyn, Boston, and Chapel Hill – and I can’t think of a better way to give myself to an organization that builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.

You can join leaders, like Cecily, in support of girls who are ready to unleash their inner G.I.R.L. through volunteering or giving today. Thank you!

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Thankful For Girl Scouts

November 20, 2017

It’s the season to give thanks – and what better time to share why our Girl Scouts are thankful for the best leadership programming for girls in the world. We recently talked to some of Girl Scouts to learn more about why they are thankful for Girl Scouts and here’s what they had to say.

I am thankful for Girl Scouts because it lets girls just be themselves with their friends and in a healthy environment. I get to do things and go places that I could have never done without being a Girl Scout. I always feel safe in every Girl Scout activity whether it’s a STEM program at a college campus, overnight activities like sleeping in an aquarium or going away to a Girl Scout week long summer camp program. I love just being able to be ‘me’. – Abby R., Age 13

Girl Scouts has prepared me for new challenges by all that is offered to us, making new friends, earning badges and Journeys teaches us new and important information. Being with all girls helps me be not as afraid to show my true self. It’s just us girls able to be us girls, and silly!  –Rylie C., Age 11

I am thankful for Girl Scouts because it has been where I have met my best friends. I have been a Girl Scout since second grade, and have many friends in my troop that I have known since the beginning. Working together selling cookies, volunteering, camping, and going to meetings has allowed us to get to know each other better than just playing together!Giada T., Age 11

Girl Scouts has prepared me for new challenges by teaching me to be a leader. It’s given me the courage I need to try new things and walk in with confidence. By being able to try things in a safe environment I am able to step back in the real world with the skills I need to face new challenges. Lauryn T., Age 13

‘Tis the season to give thanks – so tell us why you are thankful for Girl Scouts in the comments below.

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