Girl Scouts hold annual leadership conference

Clarion, Pa.- On Saturday Feb. 21 in the Carlson Library, the Campus Girl Scouts held the annual Girl Scout

Girl Scouts of all ages participate in the annual leadership conference.
Girl Scouts of all ages participate in the annual leadership conference.

leadership program; the theme for this year was “World Thinking Day.”

The troops featured a table displaying different parts of the world, where each country showed facts about themselves respectively. There was also a tourist table for girls not assigned to a country.  The event ran from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and had a great turnout.

Junior Clarissa Potsubay, president of Campus Girl Scouts of Clarion University, said she become involved in Girl Scouts in the fifth grade because “a friend made me get involved, and afterwards I fell in love with it and its purpose. I also joined the day camp and had a great experience with it.”

The Girl Scouts originally started in 1912 with 18 members in Savannah, Georgia. Juliette Gordon Low, the founder, believed that all girls deserved the chance to develop spiritually, honesty, fairness, sisterhood, mentally, and physically.

Potsubay wants the girls to “grow into strong, confident women, like how right now they are sharing what they have learned during this event and that they will get something out of the experience and use the experience later in life.”

The Girl Scouts is open to girls of any age. Age groups involved in Scouts are color-coded by a vest or sash. The colors range from light blue, brown, green and red.

Besides being famous for their service, achievements and experience, the Girl Scout logo is sign language for peace, another one of attribute of the group. The Girl Scouts lives by the promise “On my honor, I will try: To serve God and my country, to help people at all times and to live by the Girl Scout Law.”

Known for their history, Girl Scouts features a museum within The Girl National Historic Preservation Center, located in New York City, New York. The museum houses 650 uniforms, 60,000 photographs and a timeline of the Girl Scouts group.

Girl Scouts are most commonly known for their cookies. The Campus Girl Scouts have a cookie sale in the spring of each year. Their cookies are the organizations biggest profit due to the fact that it is a $700 million empire.

The Girl Scouts program is available for girls ranging in ranks from Daisies to Cadets, which is kindergarten through 12th grade. By participating in Girl Scouts, girls can receive awards based on acquiring skills such as first-aid, camping and community service. Girls can also earn badges and a chance to earn a scholarship.

Potsubay said, “Being a part of Girl Scouts has open a lot of opportunities to me, and the friendships that I have made brought people that I never would have imagined meeting into my life.”

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