When Mackenzie, now a Senior Girl Scout from West Roxbury, first joined Girl Scouts in first grade, she built strong friendships with the girls in her troop through the many activities they participated in together, such as camping, canoeing and archery, and trips they’ve taken, like their visit to Savannah, Georgia, the birthplace of Girl Scouts founder, Juliette Gordon Low.
Since then, Mackenzie has been a day camp assistant at Camp Cedar Hill in Waltham. “I remember being a camper as a Brownie and looking up to the older girls, and now I get to experience it from the other side, she says. “As I got older, I realized Girl Scouts is not only fun, but I’ve learned skills like money management and how to work with others.”
Mackenzie recently earned the Silver Award with her project, Warm Hearts, Warm Holidays. With two other girls from her troop, Mackenzie collected nearly $1,000 worth of winter clothing for teens at The Home for Little Wanderers, a child and family service agency in Boston.
Mackenzie was also selected by Girl Scouts of the USA to join the Girl Planning Team for the Girl Scout National Convention in 2017. Mackenzie will help design the convention experience for older Girl Scouts, providing input and feedback on activities, panel presentations, discussion sessions, special events and more.
The Girl Planning Team has virtual meetings once a month, when they work together to research and compile information relevant to Girl Scouts. For instance, Mackenzie has conducted research on gender in the classroom and girls’ willingness to defend opinions and ideas. The team has also begun working on a Convention logo.
Mackenzie has already accomplished so much through Girl Scouts. She says one of the greatest lessons she’s learned so far is related to confidence. “I know that my ideas matter, and I have the confidence to speak up for what I support and feel strongly about. This helps me to act as a leader in any situation and to advocate not only on behalf of myself and my ideas, but for others too.”
Mackenzie, we are inspired by your drive and self-assurance! Way to be a girl of courage, confidence, and character!