Friday, June 10, 2016

Another School Year Comes to a Close…

To the 35,000 Girl Scouts in Connecticut:

As you pack up your school books and welcome the lazy days of summer, I can’t help but be proud of all of the amazing milestones you have achieved in your lives this past year. The end of the school year means you are also bridging to a new year and possibly even an exciting new level of Girl Scouting. This is an especially momentous year to be bridging and also earning your highest awards, as it is the Gold Award Centennial!

I know many of you know Juliette Gordon Low’s story. Juliette had a vision that she wanted to do something to help girls to get outdoors and have fun, but also to become more confident and self sufficient. During Juliette’s time, girls were expected to be seen and not heard and to stay indoors doing needlepoint and learning to play the harpsichord, while boys were able to be outside and go on adventures and do fun activities.

Juliette learned about the Girl Guides while living for a brief time in Scotland and when she returned to the United States, she was determined to create Girl Scouts. She started Girl Scouts in 1912 in Savannah, Georgia with 18 girls. Today, Girl Scouts has 1.7 million members in the U.S., and you are all part of Juliette’s vision to build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world and their communities better places.

When I was a girl there weren’t so many choices for after school adventures and activities, so I am really glad that today, when there are many choices, girls are still choosing to be Girl Scouts. To the adults: I am really glad you continue to support your girls in Girl Scouting.
I hope that you feel as proud as I do of what you have accomplished and also cherish the friendships you have made in Girl Scouting. Most importantly, we hope you will continue to find Girl Scouting fun and rewarding, but also don’t forget that being a Girl Scout makes you part of a very large and special group of girls and women who believe in the values that we recite in our Promise and Law.

You have the right and the power to dream about what you want to accomplish and see changed in the world….don’t ever feel you are not entitled to what you want to achieve, but also remember it will take hard work and the support of others.

To our volunteers: thank you for supporting our girls. We know what a precious commodity your time is, and your support of your daughter and all these young women is really an investment in not only their futures, but all of our futures. 

So, congratulations to all, I am so proud to be connected with all of you. I know that the future is in good hands!

Yours in Girl Scouting, 

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