For Hispanic Heritage Month, we are featuring several Latina members of Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts. Our fourth story is about Marcela Aldaz-Matos, member of GSEM’s Board of Directors.
Marcela Aldaz-Matos grew up in Colombia and has always been involved with Girl Scouts. When she was young, Colombia did not allow girls into their international scouting association. Her mother successfully petitioned and worked to change this rule and Marcela became the first Girl Scout member in her country! She fondly remembers her investiture ceremony and how many people witnessed the historic moment. Marcela remained a Girl Scout for her entire childhood and speaks highly of her time in Girl Scouting; the experiences she had provided her with skills like leadership and goal setting that she still uses today.