I have been a Girl Scout since 1st grade but it became very hard for me to stay in Girl Scouts at times (especially between 6th and 8th grade). Many of my friends dropped out of my troop, and eventually I had to switch troops entirely. Despite all of that, I came to learn so much throughout my Girl Scout experience, such as responsibility, trust, kindness, the true definition of hard work and to never ever give up. Although some of those things might sound a little cliché, to me all the lessons I learned about being a responsible person and making sure to be kind to everyone, have truly helped shape me into the person I am today. So to other girls out there who might be interested in taking part in the Girl Scout experience, or those who aren’t quite sure they want to continue on in Girl Scouts, I know that Girl Scouts builds important life skills while fun at the same time.
As a Girl Scout, I participated in the destinations program and experienced an amazing international trip to Costa Rica that I took with my Troop 1894 (better known as Lehua). For me, this trip was a life changer. During the trip my fellow Girl Scouts and I went white water rafting, explored caves, hiked around the amazing rainforest and ziplined. We also donated our time and gifts to a K-8 school. To many this trip may seem to be once and in a lifetime opportunity, but as soon as I got back from the trip, I had a deep desire to head straight back. As I ponder the need for improvements in housing and a more stable income down in Central America, I know that I needed to make a difference. On my return, I began planning a mission trip for the Youth Group at my church to go to Nicaragua (which is right above Costa Rica). We plan to help with programs that create long term economic growth.
Also, since Girl Scouting has allowed me to travel internationally, I expect to major in International Developmental Studies at UCLA, which I would not have even explored if I had not been exposed to exciting adventures and the many kind and caring people who invest their time in the Girl Scout program. I want to encourage all girls to join and to stay in Girl Scouts!
~ Katharine, Girl Scout Ambassador