As Girl Scouts, we are members of a huge community of 10 million fellow Girl Guides and Girl Scouts from 146 different countries around the world as represented by the blue and gold pin we wear on our uniform. Additionally our Girl Scout Law ends with … “be a sister to every Girl Scout.” The magic of that international sisterhood of Girl Scouting is experienced by many, including the recipients of Girl Scout of Colorado’s “Look Wider” International Travel Scholarship, as well as the many individuals and troops across our state that travel to one of our many World Centers found across the globe.
Connecting and supporting this international sisterhood becomes a passion that once hooked, entices many to continue to advance the power of this spider web-like network. As a result of the volunteer work and dedication of two of the Colorado’s Girl Scout volunteers, they were recently honored at an international Girl Scout meeting in London for their contributions.
Marlene Logan and Rae Ann Dougherty received World Association of Girl Scout and Girl Guides’ (WAGGGS) “Princess Benedikte Award” from the royal patron of the Olave Baden-Powell Society (OB-PS).
OB-PS is a global network of WAGGGS supporters, providing vital financial help to the international Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting Movement. At its core, the OB-PS Society is designed to provide financial support to WAGGGS to ensure a steady stream of income which funds its work, projects, and programs. This is similar to Girl Scouts of Colorado’s Juliette Gordon Low Society. http://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/support-us/planned-giving.html(Both the Logan’s and Dougherty’s are members of GSCO’s Juliette Gordon Low Society.)
More than 1,300 individuals from 59 countries have chosen to invest in their commitment to girls’ and young women’s futures by supporting OB-PS and WAGGGS. Each of these individuals believes WAGGGS and its work can change lives and influence the future for whole communities.
The honor was received recently at the annual meeting of the OB-PS meeting at Gilwell Park in London, England. (Gilwell Park is famous throughout the world for its Scouting heritage, beautiful setting, and stunning range of activities.) Furthering the international sisterhood of WAGGGS, 150 representatives from all five regions of WAGGGS participated in this meeting.
This special recognition was presented to Rae Ann and Marlene by Her Royal Highness Princess Benedikte of Denmark. Since its inception in 2006, less than 25 individuals worldwide have received this award.