By Girl Scout Kenedi
I remember the beginning of my Girl Scouts journey as a Daisy in Kindergarten. Hints of carting a wagon full of cookies and going to Girl Scouts Diva Camp flash through my mind. Throughout my years of Girl Scouting, I have experienced so many new things. The everchanging surprises of life can be scary, but at each moment I had a network of sisters for support.
As I reflect on my experience this past year, and throughout high school, I smile at our shared trait: resilience. Girl Scouts do not give up. “Always be prepared” is our motto that requires a lot of foresight and discipline. Right now, Girl Scouts across the nation and world have had to face a world we cannot always prepare for, which brings me to my next revelation: Girl Scouts are adaptable.
If COVID-19 has taught us anything, it is that Girl Scouts think outside of the box. Whether it is moving our service projects to include making our own masks to donate, sending letters to nursing homes, or organizing food drives, we are always ready to serve our communities. I love that Girls Scouts make the world a better place!
On a personal note, Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas has instilled in me many values I could not have imagined. Through the Girl Scout Leadership Institute, I have seen many different careers and built professional mentorship relationships.
In October of 2017, I had the honor of traveling to Columbus, Ohio, for the G.I.R.L convention with my fellow Girl Scout sisters from Northeast Texas. This opportunity enabled us to see inspirational figures from former CEO Sylvia Acevedo, Olympic Gold Medalist Gabby Douglass, AGT finalist Angelica Hale, and my personal inspiration Marley Dias, Founder of #1000BlackGirlBooks. The dots truly connect when I see the impact on my Gold Award project For The Love of Reading-Para El Amor De Leer.
Being a part of the inaugural G.I.R.L Media Team helped build my courage, confidence, and character in my communication skills. Interviewing and reporting on topics important to me encouraged me to write stories with The Storytellers Without Borders Program in collaboration with The Dallas Morning News. Increasing my knowledge of community organizations alleviating the food desert and STEM education gaps in our city led me to pursue communication in college.
I will be attending the Moody College of Communication at the University of Texas at Austin this fall majoring in Political Communications. I credit my love of reading, traveling, and building bridges across communities as a key tenet in all I do.
This year marks the 1st Virtual National Bridging Ceremony. As I bridge to a Girl Scout Alum and Lifetime Girl Scout, I cannot help but think about what comes next in my journey. Some people think that girls grow out of Girl Scouts, but that is far from the truth. You don’t grow out of Girl Scouts. Girl Scouts grows with you.