Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Camp CEO is tomorrow!

Is it really that time of year again?! It’s summertime, and that means that one of my favorite girl programs is back—Camp CEO! I am so excited to head back to Camp Laurel in Lebanon and meet with our fabulous group of CEOs and our incredible young women for a few days of outdoor adventure and skill-building.

At Camp CEO, girls ages 14-17 from across Connecticut come to Camp Laurel and team up with prominent business women and leaders across the state. This year, with  their “CEO Buddies,” girls will learn more about how Girl Scouts take the lead like a G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, and Leader), and how these attributes are a part of our DNA! Will girls be go-getters and lead the discussion around the campfire about their passion and goals, or will they be a risk-taker and try something new, like kayaking or archery? The opportunities are endless!

Last year's group at Camp CEO!
Camp CEO is an incredible experience. I discover every year that not only do the girls learn about themselves and find their voice, but I learn more about myself as well. It’s such an amazing opportunity to unplug and embrace the beauty of Mother Nature (although I will miss my hair dryer!) and make memories that will last a lifetime. 

Stay tuned next week for a more detailed account of our experiences at Camp CEO.




Yours in Girl Scouting,


Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Celebrating Amazing Women!


It’s June—and that means it’s a busy and exciting time at Girl Scouts of Connecticut! We recently just held two exceptional events where we recognized amazing women in our state—our 24th Annual Woman of Merit event and our 2017 Gold Award Luncheon.
On June 1, we held our 24th Annual Woman of Merit event at the Hyatt Regency in Greenwich where we honored Nancy Di Dia, Executive Director and Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer Americas of Boehringer Ingelheim, and Juanita T. James, President and CEO of Fairfield County’s Community Foundation, with the Woman of Merit Award. These two women were honored specifically for their efforts in diversity and inclusion and for making our world a better place. At Girl Scouts, we have always stood for inclusion, and it was an amazing opportunity to celebrate that and what Girl Scouting does for girls in our state.

We also honored an incredible individual with our first-ever Courage, Confidence, and Character Award: Alison Smith, Global Messenger and Ambassador for Special Olympics Connecticut. This award is presented to a young woman who has overcome unique challenges in her life to make outstanding contributions to her community or achieve extraordinary success. It was great to meet all of our honorees and their families and friends. Congratulations to all, and thank you to those who joined us. Because of you, Girl Scouts in Connecticut will continue to thrive and succeed. Take a look at our photos on Facebook.

Speaking of thriving, this past Sunday on June 4, we honored and recognized the 71 Girl Scouts in Connecticut who earned their Gold Award this year at our Gold Award Luncheon at the Best Western in North Haven. The Gold Award is the highest award a Girl Scout can earn, and it is truly remarkable reflecting on all that they have accomplished. From teaching science to younger girls to spark their interest in STEM careers and promoting healthy eating to putting on a fashion show for children of all abilities and teaching younger children empathy and compassion, our Girl Scouts are true go-getters, innovators, risk-takers, and leaders. I am beyond proud of all of our Gold Award Recipients and look forward to seeing all of the amazing things that they will accomplish in the future. See our photos of the Gold Award Luncheon on Facebook.




Yours in Girl Scouting,