Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Be Bold, Be Brave, Raise Your Hand and Be a Girl Scout!

Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast (GSCCC) kicked off the start of another Girl Scout year at the end of September with our Be Bold, Be Brave and Raise Your Hand event. Because of the event, more girls were able to say “yes” to Girl Scouts and look forward to building their courage, confidence and character to make the world a better place.

The free join-us event featured community partners such as Let Me Be Great Children’s Yoga and A Harder Target, LLC that led attendees in yoga and self-defense demonstrations. Two authors and their books were also showcased; Girl Scout Alice Paul Tapper who became an author at age ten after writing Raise Your Hand, a book Tapper was compelled to write after noticing her girl classmates stood in the back during a field trip while all of the boys were in the front willfully participating and engaging, and Terrie Nathan, a motivational speaker and author of Strong Girl Spirit, a book for elementary-age girls with a powerful message about positive habits and motivation. WAVY-TV 10 Lifestyle Correspondent, Symone Davis shared readings from Raise Your Hand while Terrie showed girls how to build their strong girl spirit! Event-goers also enjoyed tips on how to build their self-confidence through community service actions and other leadership pathways. Several teen Girl Scouts who earned recognitions for outstanding community service projects also displayed at the event as role models for younger girls.
Girl Scouts’ nearly 108-year-long existence as a girl-led, girl-only organization is proof that our program works! Thanks to events like Be Bold, Be Brave and Raise Your Hand, more girls are able to benefit from the Girl Scout Leadership Experience—a unique way for girls to be exposed to nontraditional fields such as STEM which allows them to discover their likes and dislikes in a space free of added pressure. Girl Scouts encourages girls to take the lead and enact change in their communities and sometimes, that starts with just raising their hand.
 “We know girls and women alike struggle with self-value, body positivity, and fear of judgement, and research shows girls are less likely to be risk takers than boys. Through Girl Scouts, girls are given opportunities to take the lead and are encouraged by their peers to be risk-takers – those experiences build upon each other and can make a huge difference in a girl’s life,” says Tracy Keller, CEO for the Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast.
This impactful event was sponsored by WAVY-TV, Tidewater Family magazine, My Active Child, Hampton Roads Moms and Adams Outdoor Advertising.
For details on how to join the premier leadership organization for girls, visit or call 1-800-77SCOUT.