Girl Scouts of the Chesapeake Bay is inviting girls to join the fun and register for Girl Scouts. Providing countless opportunities for making friends, trying new things, and exercising leadership skills through activities like building robots, participating in the Girl Scout Cookie Program, playing sports, and more, Girl Scouts is an exciting way to engage girls all year round.
“Nearly 10,000 girls on the Delmarva Peninsula benefit from the Girl Scout experience – through projects in STEM, financial literacy and leadership, girls learn courage, confidence and character and they make the world a better place,” said Anne T. Hogan, Chief Executive Officer, Girl Scouts of the Chesapeake Bay.
Alison Sahler from Wicomico County wrote the following about her Girl Scout experience: Thousands of girls join Girl Scouts each year, the majority in grades Kindergarten through 5. I joined at age 5 as a Daisy in one of my local troops, where I stayed for two years. As a Brownie in second grade, I moved to Troop 980, run by Angie Robinson, where I have continued my Girl Scout career. When I bridged to Junior level in fourth grade, I almost immediately began my Bronze Award, which was called “Operation Kinderbooks”. It promoted literacy in entering Pre-K and Kindergarten students by distributing books and school supplies. Entering middle school, I began Cadette scouting, and through scouting, opportunities blossomed for me. The pinnacle of my time as a Cadette was earning my Silver Award, but more on that later. Now, I’m a Senior scout, beginning my second year as a sophomore at James M. Bennett High School. I’ve stayed with Troop 980 throughout my time in Girl Scouts thus far and intend on continuing into adult Girl Scouting.
There are a lot of ideas people have about Girl Scouting that aren’t entirely true. I’ll explain: In Girl Scouts, you sell cookies. True. In Girl Scouts, you go camping. True. In Girl Scouts, you work on patches. True. In Girl Scouts, all you do is sell cookies, go camping, and work on patches. False. Girl Scouting is so much more than the few things most people think of when they hear those two words. In Girl Scouts, you get the opportunity to do community service. A few years ago, my troop visited a nursing home every once in a while and did crafts and talked with the residents there. We worked with the Salisbury Rotary Club on a recycling project, and later on packing backpacks for students who need them. At the Ward Museum, we helped with cleaning up the Wicomico River and surrounding area. We also filled shoe boxes with toys and things for Operation Christmas Child, which were sent to children in impoverished areas of the world.
In seventh grade, I got to go to New York with three other girls from my troop and see Wicked. Before the show, there was a workshop run by some of the cast members and crew for the show. Five girls were chosen out of the 1,550 that were there to present service projects they had done, and I was one of them! I almost cried at the invitation, because I’ve wanted to perform on a Broadway stage since I was 7 years old. At only age 13, through Girl Scouting, I got the opportunity to perform on Broadway to a full house.
In April this year, my troop went to the University of Maryland College Park for Maryland Day. We did wild science experiments-including creating our own polymer substance and watching a fire tornado in person-and watched and even participated in several performances, which included the school’s a capella group and improv team!
Personally, my favorite experience was my eighth grade year, when I did my Silver Award. As you’ve probably noticed by now, I’m very inclined towards performance and the arts. Middle school opened a world of opportunities for me-from the School Government Association to Destination Imagination to All-Shore Chorus to Band to Junior Classical League (or Latin Club)-the one thing I noticed almost immediately in sixth grade was the stunning lack of a drama club. In eighth grade, when brainstorming for my Silver Award, it just came to me. I searched the school for an advisor, and once I had one, the club was underway. In about five months, we managed to cast, rehearse, and perform our first production, “Alice @ Wonderland”. The club really brought people together, and I couldn’t have been more proud of the Bennett Middle Drama Club. The best part was that we had decided that all of the ticket proceeds should go to the Maryland Food Bank to combat hunger in our state. We raised about $660, which made 1,485 meals to feed the hungry. I still direct the Drama Club, now in its third year. This only happened because of my growth in Girl Scouts.
Of course, none of this could be possible without our volunteers. I don’t just mean troop leaders and co-leaders, although the amount of time, effort, and love they put into our troops is unbelievable. I mean those in leadership positions in Girl Scout official positions on our council, and those who work at our camps and activities. Girl Scouts has honestly been the best thing I’ve done in my life so far, and I really encourage girls to join.
While Girl Scouts is open to all girls from kindergarten through grade 12, anyone over the age of 18 can become a Girl Scout volunteer. Girls cannot experience the positive impact of Girl Scouts without adult volunteers, and each adult who volunteers has the opportunity to make a real difference in the life of a girl. Girl Scout volunteers come from all walks of life; they are men, women, young professionals, retirees, college students, and more. Both girls and adult volunteers can join at any time of the year. To join Girl Scouts or learn more about volunteering, please visit: www.girlscouts.org/join.
We’re Girl Scouts of the Chesapeake Bay One hundred years ago, the first Girl Scout troop was founded on the Delmarva Peninsula. With nearly 10,000 girls supported by 4,300 amazing adult volunteers, Girl Scouts of the Chesapeake Bay helps girls discover their strengths, passions, and talents. Today, we continue the Girl Scout mission of building girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place. And with programs for girls in 14 counties in Delaware and the Eastern Shores of Maryland and Virginia, Girl Scouts offers today’s girls a chance to do something amazing. To volunteer, reconnect, donate, or join, visit www.GSCB.org or call 410-742-5107/1-800-374-9811.