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Hamden Girl Scouts Help Girl Scouts of Connecticut Kick Off

August 13, 2009

Hamden Girl Scouts help Girl Scouts of Connecticut Kick Off

New Membership Year



August 13, 2009- 11-year-old Lexi Young and 17-year-old Katie Straka from Hamden helped nearly 600 Girl Scout volunteers from across the state kick off the 2009-2010 membership year in Southington last Monday. Lexi was selected to speak to the group about her experience in the cookie program and Katie spoke about her time at Girl Scouts of Connecticut's Camp CEO. As the crowd cheered Lexi talked about what an incredible learning experience the cookie program was for her and how she became the top seller in her town selling a total of 1108 boxes of cookies. "I have learned a lot about myself not only with selling cookies, but by being a Girl Scout," said Lexi. "I have learned that I can be a giving person without expecting anything back.  What I get is pride of knowing I did something good for someone else that needs it out of the kindness of my heart."


Katie shared with the crowd that, thanks to Camp CEO, networking can actually take place around a campfire.  She told of how she was inspired by women like Denise Nappier, State Treasurer, Lynn Pasqueralla, provost of University of Hartford, and many others who shared their stories of success and leadership while roasting s'mores around the campfire. "This experience showed me firsthand the roles women are playing in the corporate, government and educational world," said Katie. "It was a chance to see women active in a leadership role and making a difference. I would recommend it to every Girl Scout."


The annual Kick Off celebration offers Girl Scout volunteers a chance to learn about all of the exciting programs Girl Scouts of Connecticut is planning for the upcoming year.  The event features informative displays about what Girl Scouts of Connecticut has to offer girls and provides volunteers with take home materials to bring back to the nearly 4,000 troops throughout the state.


Through Girl Scouting, girls can discover their personal best and prepare for a positive future, connect with others in an increasingly diverse world, and take action to make the world a better place. Girl Scouting guides girls into becoming responsible, productive adults who make a difference in the lives of their families, schools, and communities.

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