Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Meet Gretchen, Girl Scout Leadership Institute Delegate

Later this month, Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast will be sending a group of 10 local Girl Scouts to attend the Girl Scout Leadership Institute during Girl Scout Convention in Salt Lake City. The Girl Scout Leadership Institute is a triennial conference that provides girls ages 14 and up with three days of leadership skill-building activities that are tied to the Girl Scout Leadership Experience. This year, the Girl Scout Leadership Institute will focus on big issues that girls across the country and around the world are passionate about.

The theme this year is Discover, Connect, Take Action: Girls Change the World. While participating in the Girl Scout Leadership Institute, girls will choose an issue and design a project to enable them to go out and make a difference in the community. Girls will focus on the issues of teen violence, healthy relationships, basic needs (such as hunger, poverty, homelessness and natural disaster relief), inclusion and diversity, self-image, education and the status of women. After attending the Girl Scout Leadership Institute, each girl will create an action plan to return to her community and make a difference.

One of the 10 girls who will be representing GSCCC in Salt Lake City is Gretchen, a Girl Scout Senior from Chesapeake. Gretchen is a member of Girl Scout Troop 976 and has been a Girl Scout for 10 years. She has earned both the Girl Scout Bronze and Silver Awards, and is looking ahead to earning the Gold Award as well. Gretchen, who is in a Navy family, moved five times before the age of nine and has always appreciated having Girl Scouts as a constant in her life.

Stayed tuned to the GSCCC blog and social media to meet other delegates and read updates from Girl Scout Convention, starting October 16.