Connections Newsletter Connections Summer 2012

Girl Scout Gold Award Recipients were honored at the 2012 Annual Meeting summer 2012 what scouting is really all about My name is Lyrikal Jenkins and I am a Cadette. When I started this journey in mid-2011, I was skeptical and wondered, “Is this something I really want to do?” With great troop leaders, friends, and an awesome mom, I realized that being a Girl Scout was definitely a great choice for me. As a Girl Scout, my social skills have improved, I’m not as shy as I used to be. I’ve been able to travel to other states and meet different people. In one state, I got stranded on a hot bus with other Girl Scouts. It was okay, because it gave us girls a lot of time to get to know one another. We were able to share many of our talents on the bus like: singing, dancing, telling jokes, etc. I’ve experienced how to give back to our community through songs at a Memphis nursing home along with other Scouts. During this experience I felt very proud of myself in what I was doing because it put smiles on the elderly faces. Another great experience was when I was able to attend a leadership program at the Southwest Community College where we learned about soldering, creating our own web page, what it takes to be a mechanic, architect, the importance of science, and even got to meet a Bronze Girl Scout. This experience alone has helped me to become more focused on my education and the importance of going to college. In conclusion, going from door to door, business to business, selling cookies, having pampering parties, sleep-over’s, meetings every 1st and 3rd Saturday, learning more about our community and ways to give back is really what Scouting is all about. Because of it all, I am proud to be a Girl Scout. Photo: Dr. Alys Lipscomb and Lyrika Jenkins at the 2012 Juliette Low Society donor appreciation event hosted by Debbie and Clif Phillips