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Hi, my name is Tawnie. I have been a Girl Scout for 7 years. I joined Girl Scouts so I could get more involved with my community and to meet new friends who shared my interests.
I joined in 1st grade as a 1st year Brownie. I spent my first two years as a Brownie in the Greater Minneapolis Girl Scout council earning badges to fill my sash and attending a lot of fun area and council activities. My troop was small so we were naturally very close. My mom was our leader and I enjoyed spending time with her too. I started my 3rd year as a Brownie in the fall with the news that my father’s job was moving us to the Glens Falls, NY area. I was terrified and excited at the same time. My mom and I started corresponding with the Girl Scouts in Glens Falls in the hopes I can begin with a troop as soon as I get settled in my school to help me to make some new friends.
I started school and Lake George and shortly after I joined my current troop. My Girl Scout sisters are awesome and some are my very best friends today. I progressed through juniors, earned my bronze award and moved up to Cadettes. We are currently working on our silver awards. As I began doing research for my silver I began to think about what I could do with Girl Scouting beyond my troop and my service unit. I started flipping through my Discovery catalogs that I get every couple of months offering many really cool council programs. I kept thinking about all these programs available, why don’t I and other Girl Scouts take advantage of these? I stopped on a page where they were offering a Cadette travel pathway to the Florida Keys. I immediately took it to my mom and asked if I could go. She said I could try to convince the girls in my troop to go. I pleaded my case at our next meeting. A few girls seemed interested. My mom and I started gathering information on this trip. I saw this as an awesome opportunity that I was not going to pass up. It ended up being just me who was able to go. I was excited and looking forward to meeting new Girl Scouts and making new friends.
I collected recycleables, babysat, and set some cookie goals for myself to raise funds for my trip. I saved my birthday money and allowances to help as well.
This past spring break I went to the Florida Keys. I met five awesome new friends and did a lot of things I may have never been able to do. It was a trip of a lifetime! When I got back I put together a power point presentation with my pictures and my memories to share with my troop and my service unit. I really am glad I went because now I realize how many opportunities are out there through the Girl Scouts and I hope to take advantage of as much of it as I can!