The Girl Scout program in Sampson County continues to grow, as the first annual county-wide bridging ceremony was held June 18 at the Farmer’s Market on Vance Street and acknowledged more than 40 young girls on their achievements.
According to Vickie Newton, troop leader, the bridging ceremony is an important transition in the life of a Girl Scout.
“It’s a defining moment when a girl becomes aware of her achievements and is ready for new adventures, responsibilities and challenges,” Newton said about the ceremony. “In order to earn their Bridge Award, each Daisy, Brownie, Junior, Cadet, Senior and Ambassador must complete steps that require them to pass down something they have learned to a younger Girl Scout and look forward to what is waiting for them at the next level.”
Newton says the Girl Scout population in Sampson County has grown tremendously. There were five troops who were represented at Saturday’s ceremony, from Troops 946, 915, 1620, 4021 and 4022, which is about 50 percent of the troops in the county. Roughly 75 people attended the event to support the nearly 40 Girl Scouts who were making their transition.
“Girl scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place,” Newton said.
According to Newton, there are approximately 2.7 million people involved in Girl Scouts, across the country, including the more than 1.9 million young girls and 800,000 adult volunteers who believe the girls can change the world. The Girl Scouts organization began more than 100 years ago when found Juliette Gordon “Daisy” Low organized the first Girl Scout troop on March 12, 1912 in Savannah, Ga.
“Today, as yesterday, we continue the Girl Scout mission of building girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place,” Newton said. “We’re the preeminent leadership development organization for girls. And with programs for girls from coast to coast and across the globe, Girl Scouts offers every girl a chance to do something amazing.”
Girls who participate in the Girl Scouts of Sampson County are part of a rich history, Newton shared. They have the opportunity to learn and grow with other young ladies from their communities.
“We are all sisters to every Girl Scout and we want these young ladies to grow and learn together,” Newton said. “Girls can not only participate in their troop activities but also area events. A few examples from the past year are cookie rally, Juliet Gordon Low’s birthday celebration, swap meets, Girl Scout Day at Hubb’s Corn Maze, self defense class, and coming up this year a county-wide campout.”
For more information please contact the area’s membership director, Christina Petrucelli, at 910-644-8609 or email at [email protected]
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