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  • Writer's pictureAbigail Haresign

Girl Scout National Volunteer Partners at Edith Macy April 2022

Thank you so much for reading. In just a few short weeks I will be traveling to the World Association of Girl Guide and Girl Scout's (WAGGGS) African World Center where I will be participating in a Leadership Conference with Young Women Leaders from around the world. I will be supporting the Ghana Girl Guides by participating in community action projects and planning to connect them with Heritage Academy, a school that currently does not have access to Girl Guiding, so that we can build a sustainable Girl Scout Program through the school. I will run some WAGGGS programming focused on nutrition and self esteem for young girls at the school as well as, a leadership development program with a focus on Feminist education for the teachers. I will be collecting reusable and disposable menstrual products. If you can donate anything at all or share with those who can, the link to support is here.


Dr. Heather Dierolf presents from a powerpoint slide focused on Serving All Girl Scouts from All Communities states, "Let's get grounded in our mission: Girl Scouts builds girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place."
Edith Macy Center at twilight.

I attended my first in person event as a National Volunteer Partner of Girl Scouts of the USA in April of 2022, the same year I was celebrating twenty years with the Girl Scout movement. My first assignment as an NVP should I choose (and I did) to accept was as the photographer for our conference at the Edith Macy Center affectionately known as "the university in the woods". Located in Westchester County, New York State and named after the Chair of the Girl Scout National Board of Directors from 1919-1925. The website says that ,"Macy was the site of the first United States International World Camp in 1926, the last Girl Scout gathering attended by Juliette Gordon Low, propelling forward her advocacy of internationalism for Girl Scouting only one year before her death. During this Camp, participants designated February 22nd as World Thinking Day." For those of you that are new to Girl Scouts, World Thinking Day is a way to celebrate the international diversity of the Girl Guide and Girl Scout movement.

NVP's play an energizing icebreaker to start the weekend.
NVP's play an energizing icebreaker to start the weekend.
NVP's play an energizing icebreaker to start the weekend.
NVP's play an energizing icebreaker to start the weekend.

During our time together we recognized and awarded a few select volunteers for their service, success, and leadership both in Girl Scouting and in life.

NVPs standing and applauding in an auditorium.
Peg and Barb stand side by side.
Kristine Bundschuh walks towards the stage to receive her recognition with a smile on her face.
Kristine is hugged with a big Girl Scout trefoil behind her.
A panel discussion.
Nichelle Williams is honored for her service to the Girl Scout Movement.
Celia Tellez surprises Mary Edna Wuertenberger with a recognition to her service to the Girl Scout Movement.







A photo of Girl Scouts who have earned the highest awards. The current day highest award is the Gold Award.
Sandy Thomas speaks on behalf of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts on the topic of Capacity Building.
Alice Hahn, Elaine Murphy, and Lipica Shah brainstorm and discuss the strengths that their generation bring to the movement.
Kaye and Ruth wait for a session to start.
Sandy Lopez speaks about her generation and their experience and impact on the GS Movement.
Representatives from each generation took time to present how their generations have experienced and impacted the Girl Scout Movement. ve

At the end of the conference we gathered in the Great Hall for a traditional Girl Scout pinning ceremony. For those of us who were experiencing our first trip to Macy, we would receive a small brass lamp pin with the word 'Macy' on it.


Amanda Erickson and Mary Edna Wuertenberger lead us through the ceremony.
Girl Scouts stand and are recognized in the great hall, for their service to the movement.
Girl Scouts stand and are recognized in the great hall, for their service to the movement .

After the ceremony it is tradition for those who receive their pins (and those who want to spread joy) ring the bell outside. I enjoyed getting to ring it as well as photograph others experience it.



At the very end I took a quick series of photos that I felt summed up the conference so well. From the window inside I watched two millennial NVPs ringing the bell, embracing one another, and jumping with joy, not only was the image framed by the window, but two NVPs of an older generation stood with their backs to me while they chatted, and at the end one reached across to the other to pat her on the back. The three photos together represented to me the beauty of our intergenerational movement and how we are all committed to working side by side, year after year, to build girls of courage, confidence, and character to make the world a better place.




Thank you so much for reading. In just a few short weeks I will be traveling to the World Association of Girl Guide and Girl Scout's (WAGGGS) African World Center where I will be participating in a Leadership Conference with Young Women Leaders from around the world. I will be supporting the Ghana Girl Guides by participating in community action projects and planning to connect them with Heritage Academy, a school that currently does not have access to Girl Guiding, so that we can build a sustainable Girl Scout Program through the school. I will run some WAGGGS programming focused on nutrition and self esteem for young girls at the school as well as, a leadership development program with a focus on Feminist education for the teachers. I will be collecting reusable and disposable menstrual products. If you can donate anything at all or share with those who can, the link to support is here.



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