Submitted by Regina Flores-Dunda
My how we have all grown up!
As you can see from my own 3rd grade photo, Brownie beanies were hip in the 80s. Seriously, though, I have so many fond memories of being a Brownie and a Junior as a kid–camping at Sky High Ranch, overnights at Garden of the Gods, staying up all night to learn about people who work the graveyard shift, learning basic first aid, selling cookies (of course!), and making friends. Most of all, I learned that girls can do anything. My leaders instilled in me a sense that no task is too great if you prepare and work hard. These leadership skills played a role in helping me reach my goals of becoming the first Hispanic to represent Colorado at the Miss America Pageant (’97) and eventually starting my own business, Sol-Via Modern Arts (’09).
Fast forward to present day where I now find myself the proud mother of two Girl Scouts and a co-leader to a super duper bunch of 3rd grade Brownies. As a parent, an educator, business owner, and a leader, I am so impressed with how much Girl Scouts curricula has evolved in the 21st century. What a great time to be a Girl Scout!
Among my favorite of the new learning experiences are the leadership journeys. Through hands-on activities, they help girls to identify and discover the strengths and skills they already posses to be successful leaders at home, at school, and in their community.
It’s been one year since my company began hosting the “Journey in a Day-the Creative Way” event for Girl Scouts in Colorado. Through this one-day workshop, girls can earn their journey award by participating in arts-centered activities. By the end of February, we will have helped nearly 1,000 girls earn their “It’s Your Story, Tell It” journey award or become a Leader in Action!
Something special happened at my November event–a sort of serendipity. One of the mothers turned out to be an old friend from my 3rd grade Brownie troop! It reminded me of how my journey as a Girl Scout has come full circle and how lucky I am to be a part of GSCO!
I sure hope your troop can join us for one of our Journey in a Day events!
Please see the activity finder for information about our March 12th and April 9th events.
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