I don’t remember my first day as a Girl Scout, but I do remember being a Daisy when I lived in Long Island. When I moved to Florida, I joined a different troop where I stayed until third grade, and after that, I joined another troop. I am now a junior in high school, and I have stayed with the third troop for eight years. Next year, when the rest of my troop heads to college, I will remain as an Independent Girl Scout.
I have spent hundreds of hours volunteering over the past 11 years, and have met hundreds of different people and have traveled so many different places. I like to think that I’ve impacted the lives of others in my community, as well as Girl Scouts both younger and older than I am.
On Saturday we’ll honor the 45 Girl Scouts in west central Florida who have recently achieved the highest award in Girl Scouting – the Gold Award – at a recgonition at the Museum of Science and Industry in Tampa. The Girl Scout Gold Award recognizes girls in grades nine and up who have displayed outstanding accomplishments in the areas of leadership, community service, career planning and personal development.