Wednesday, February 20, 2019

2019 Virginia Girl Scout Legislative Day

Throughout Girl Scouts’ nearly 107-year history, the organization has accumulated a strong knowledge base and significant expertise on girls’ development and needs. This expertise has been used to create innovative programs that provide girls with a rich and meaningful Girl Scout experience. While being the best leadership experience for girls is of prime importance, Girl Scouts also take on the responsibility of sharing this expertise with a larger community – locally, on a state level and federally, helping ensure that all girls have the support they need to succeed and that girls’ voices are heard.
GSVS CEO Nikki Williams, Del. Cheryl Turpin, GSCCC CEO Tracy Keller, American Evolution Statewide Community Engagement Coordinator Kristin Ritchey, GSCV CEO Molly Fuller.

That’s why Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast (GSCCC) joins other councils who serve girls in Virginia to host the Virginia Girl Scout Legislative Day in Richmond, Virginia annually. Select members that include Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) and Board Chairs, along with girls on leadership tracks, travel to meet with legislators and share information from our legislative agenda. Our goal is to have Girl Scouts viewed as the expert on girl policy issues and bring attention to the need for: increased girls’ involvement in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), strengthening of girls’ entrepreneurial and financial literacy skills, expanded access to outdoor experiences and ways to prevent relational aggression, and improved ways to build healthy communications within our schools and communities.

In addition to speaking with legislators, members were invited to be seated in the U.S. House and U.S. Senate galleries for introductions. The GSCCC members were introduced by Delegate Cheryl Turpin, a Girl Scout alum. Senator John Cosgrove hosted Girl Scouts for the open house in the Pocahontas building and introduced Girl Scouts from the Senate floor. After introductions, all viewed the remaining proceedings via broadcast in a House committee room while having lunch. A tour of the Capitol ended the day for most of the guests, with CEOs and Board Chairs, joined by a few staff, staying to attend a late afternoon Troop Capitol Square reception.

This special troop mirrors the Girl Scouts’ Honorary Troop Capitol Hill, a troop comprised of all female members of Congress who advocate on behalf of girls. Just as national representatives are inspiring role models for Girl Scouts within the nation, our state legislators and policymakers can impact girls’ lives in so many ways.

GSCCC CEO Tracy Keller, Del. Marcia Price, Girl Scout Cadette Emily, Girl Scout Cadette Elsa, Girl Scout Senior Kai, Girl Scout Ambassador Lily.
As part of the Troop Capitol Square reception agenda, a pinning ceremony was held to rededicate Girl Scout alum and a new statewide Girl Scout patch was launched, Explore American Evolution, Virginia to America Girl Scout patch. The statewide Engagement Coordinator for the American Evolution 2019 Commemoration, Kristin Ritchey, was invited to speak as a representative of the agency. Created in collaboration with the Commemoration agency, this patch helps Girl Scouts discover, connect and take action in recognition of the 400th anniversary of events in Virginia which continue to define America. These events have shaped the democratic process, cultural diversity, historical traditions, and the entrepreneurial spirit of the United States. The patch details and requirements can be found on each Council’s website. Patches will soon be available for purchase in Council shops.

Find information on the American Evolution Commemoration here.

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