|A Girl Scout crossing a bridge during an investiture, rededication and bridging ceremony at St. Mary’s Home. (photo by Lidia Gonzales)|
By Norma Loomis, evening program support technician
Family, friends and staff recently gathered to celebrate with several new, current and former members of Girl Scout Troop #5067, the troop at St. Mary’s Home for Disabled Children.
Amelia, Alexandria and Jennifer became Girl Scouts during an investiture ceremony on Tuesday in St. Mary’s Atrium. In addition, four girls who already belong to the troop – Alysha, Ashley, Koko and Lauren – rededicated themselves to Girl Scouts, while two former residents of St. Mary’s Home – Victoria and Michelle – took part in a “bridging” to mark their growth and their transition to the next level as Scouts. Environmental services staff at St Mary’s Home built the wonderful bridge for the “bridging” ceremony.
The entire ceremony was a great way for parents, friends and staff to come together and support these girls and young women. During the ceremony, we learned that the Girl Scout mission is to build girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place. It was so exciting to see the members of Girl Scout Troop #5067 proudly wearing their sashes as a symbol of their accomplishment throughout the years as part of the troop. This is something that the new members look forward to.
Girl Scouts build meaningful relationships between the troop and people around them as well as creating memories for these young girls.