Girl Scout Reflection: Traditions, Service, and Leadership

Guest Blogger: Kimberly Rosell, Troop 1662 from Pelham

I have been a Girl Scout since I was in Kindergarten, now that I am 15 years old and a Sophomore at Pelham Memorial High School, I have come to realize that for 10 years of my life I have always tried to learn and live by the Girl Scout Law and Promise.  First of all I wish to thank you for the honor and privilege of being invited to share my thoughts.  This invitation helps me become stronger and more grateful for the opportunities of being a Girl Scout.

Girl Scouting is a tradition in my home.  My mother was an Explorer and my two older sisters are recipients of the Gold Award.  I have been able to achieve Silver Award and have been preparing to start my Gold Award.  Being a Girl Scout for all of these years has helped me empathize with various groups in my community and therefore been able to be a more productive individual as well as learn to become a leader.

Groups such as the Senior Citizens, Veterans, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, Church have helped me become an active participant in my town and have allowed me to have a unique growing experience for being a leader.  By being involved in various events with these organizations in ways such as, speaking, helping, coordinating I have had the opportunities to learn and grow as a leader.  I once mentioned that “Communication was the most important thing in the world” and it is true, and by having these opportunities for my personal improvement and growth in Girl Scouting I am becoming a leader in my own way.

Being a Girl Scout has been preparing me for my future.  My future as Captain of my Club Volleyball team, a leader that sees and tries to have positive partnerships in school, on the volleyball court, in school clubs, in my travels, in helping me be a better friend, a better student, in respecting my teachers and coaches.  While thinking about what I wanted to write I also realized that for the future working with businesses will only strengthen my community relations and help me become a stronger leader.

This past November I had the idea of finishing my Sow What Journey by placing a table in front of the DeCicco supermarket in Pelham and share with customers healthy food facts.  As it turns out while discussing the idea with one of the owners; Luisa DeCicco, we were able to make it a larger experience by working together and building it into a bigger event for the enjoyment of the customers as well as the DeCicco staff.  We made it a fulfilling experience by creating food recipes, inviting company representatives for food tastings and creating a type of scavenger hunt for customers to visit.  For the past 10 years, I have worked with this store by selling cupcakes in front, by writing about businesses in Pelham in the Pelham Business club, and in the Pelham newspapers, while collecting donated foods for my Silver Award for the Mount Vernon Animal Shelter and while helping my sisters with their own fundraisers. The connection of working together and being at the store and teaching people about the Sow What Journey and greeting the girls scouts, senior citizens, veterans that came in that day, helped me realized that it comes full circle and you become a leader, when you work together. I was able to work with them, because they know me and I have built a reputation all these years, by being helpful and friendly. The strength of building these relationships and by learning from them is priceless. If not for Girl Scouts, I would not have been able to capture these opportunities.

I am already planning ahead for my college essay. I want to write about the strength and knowledge that I have received from my Girl Scout experiences, and about Communication and how anything is possible as long as you work together and help each other, regardless of if you are in the non-for-profit or for profit world. The two should merge in order for communities and people to become stronger.

My name is Kimberly Rosell and I am proud to say that I am a Girl Scout.

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