Thursday, March 5, 2015

Meet Elizabeth City Girl Scouts Emily and Jessica

Every girl deserves the chance to see the world, and when they’re exploring new cities, experiencing new cultures and seeing new sights, Girl Scouts are expanding their horizons. In January, Girl Scout Ambassadors Emily and Jessica, along with their mother and Girl Scout volunteer Julie, traveled to New York City with a group of over 30 Girl Scouts for an action-packed long weekend to discover the best of the city.

Emily, Julie and Jessica outside of the GSUSA central office
From Times Square to the Statue of Liberty and everything in between, Emily, Jessica, Julie and their Girl Scout travel companions took advantage of all of the time that they had during their stay in New York. They had a private tour of Radio City Music Hall, experienced the breathtaking views from the top of the Empire State Building, strolled through the galleries of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and saw a Broadway show.

“As we stood in the halls of Ellis Island, we could picture our civics lessons in our heads as they came to life before our eyes,” Emily said. “We then took a ferry to the Statue of Liberty, and she was an amazing sight!”

For Emily and Jessica, who have been Girl Scouts since they were five years old, a highlight of the trip was visiting the Girl Scouts of the USA central office. There, they visited the national Girl Scout archives and participated in a focus group about the Girl Scout Cookie Program. They also had the opportunity to meet the CEO of Girl Scouts of the USA, Anna Maria Chavez.

“We told her all about our Girl Scout careers,” Jessica said. “She looked at all of our badges and pins and asked about them. Some of them she had not seen before!”

Jessica helps Emily build benches for part of her
Girl Scout Gold Award project
Emily and Jessica, who are in their final years of being girl members of the organization that they love, are working on their projects to earn the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest honor and achievement a girl can earn in Girl Scouting. Each of their projects benefits the SPCA of Northeastern North Carolina. Emily is building new trails to replace the walkways that have not been maintained over the past few years. Jessica is building benches and animal waste trash bag holders that will be placed along the trails. Both of their projects will help provide a nice outdoor space for people to walk and get to know the animals that are available for adoption.

Emily and Jessica will also be traveling to Raleigh later this month to take part in Girl Scout Legislative Day, an annual event to raise awareness about the issues important to girls and young women and educate legislators on what Girl Scouts are doing to address these issues.