For proof that the skills and confidence built through Girl Scouting has an everlasting impact on girls’ lives, look no further than Girl Scout Alumna and Gold Award awardee Colleen Duffey.
Through her Girl Scout Gold Award project, Colleen found her passion in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) and developed the skills necessary to help her become a leader in a male-dominated field. Today, only a quarter of STEM workers are female.
“Girl Scouts gave me the opportunity to feel comfortable to explore a career in STEM,” she said. “It paved the way for my interest in figuring out how things work, how to make them work better, how to fix them when they break and how to be innovative.”
Colleen earned her Gold Award in 1999 by making a local campsite wheelchair accessible, widening doors and paths and building ramps to the cabins. After seeing how she could use engineering to improve the camping experience for her sister Girl Scouts, Colleen was inspired to pursue Mechanical Engineering at Georgia Tech.
She says the lifelong lessons and skills gained through Girl Scouting made all the difference in her career.
“Girl Scouts built my confidence by creating a safe environment that encouraged my leadership development,” she said. “I was m...