Thursday, June 23, 2016

Suffolk Girl Scout Selected to Join Girl Scout National Convention Planning Team

Every three years, Girl Scouts from across the country convene for National Convention. It’s a four-day experience where the national board is elected, governance decisions are made, female leaders deliver empowering keynote speeches and Girl Scouts get to meet new friends and swap program ideas. Preparations are already underway for the next Girl Scout National Convention, scheduled to take place in Columbus, Ohio in 2017. And, for the first time ever, Girl Scouts of the USA has put together a movement-wide team of girls to help plan the big event. Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast is proud to announce that Suffolk resident Cree has been selected to participate on this 21-member team of Girl Scouts from 17 different Girl Scout councils in the country.

Cree and GSCCC CEO Tracy Keller
Cree, who has been a Girl Scout for seven years, is an active member of her troop and learned about applying for the Convention planning team from her troop leader, Dina Crewe. As a member of the planning team, Cree will take part in virtual monthly meetings and three face-to-face meetings, including one in Columbus this July. Next summer, the team will be meeting at the Girl Scout central office in New York City, and their third meeting will be at the convention.

“Now, we are primarily working on the Hall of Experiences, which is where we’ll have interactive activities and vendors, as well as programs and evening events,” Cree said. “We are also helping to approve other aspects, such as the design of the logo for Convention.”

For Cree, being a Girl Scout is an important part of her life. She attributes Girl Scouts to helping her build self-confidence, make great friends and provide her with opportunities to make a difference in her community. In the past year alone, Cree has accomplished many things as a Girl Scout. She earned the Girl Scout Silver Award, which is the second highest award a girl can earn in Girl Scouts. She has also participated in numerous community service projects, including a pajama collection, multiple food drives and laying wreaths on veterans’ graves before the holidays. As a member of Troop 4312, Cree has had time for fun activities as well, including a trip to Roanoke Island Festival Park in the Outer Banks, a tour of the USS Eisenhower, a dolphin watching excursion, a night at Harbor Park for Tides baseball and a technology workshop at the Apple Store. Cree is looking forward to sharing all of her Girl Scout experiences with her fellow planning team members to make the 2017 Girl Scout National Convention the best one yet.

“I am most excited about the actual National Convention, where I can see the work and time we put into planning come to fruition,” Cree said.

Girl Scouts will convene in Columbus, Ohio in October 2017 for their 54th National Council Session and Convention. For more information about taking part in unique experiences in Girl Scouts, visit