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Herstory: Tell us your Girl Scout story
My name is Kati Capps, I'm 20 years old and I'm proud to say I am still a Girl Scout. For me Girl Scouts has been more than an after-school activity, more than selling cookies and more than arts and crafts. Being raised by a single mother with limited resources, Girl Scouts has been an outlet to a world that might never have been possible for me otherwise.
As I got older my leaders and my mom encouraged me to stay in Girl Scouting even though other things seemed so much more pressing. My mom and leaders guided me on my path to the Girl Scout Gold Award, a project which sparked my interest in sign language and translating. I am now pursuing a degree in Special Education, and Girl Scouting has given me the opportunity to be the first person in my family to graduate from a university.
Through Girl Scouts I learned how to check my oil and change my tire. It was Girl Scouting that provided me with me with endless weeks of summer camping and my first job as a camp counselor at Camp White Rock in Capon Bridge, WV. Selling Girl Scout cookies afforded me the opportunity to visit Savannah, GA the home of Juliette Gordon Low, and offered me occasions to give back to the community by volunteering with local organizations. I learned to be organized, to be responsible, to respect the environment and to respect myself-I have learned so many things as a Girl Scout.
Most importantly, Girl Scouting has taught me that no matter where you come from you can do anything.
Posted: Mar 1, 2010