What’s it like to be a Girl Scout in high school?

Kate’s Story

When you get older, you get a lot of say in what you would like to do. You can travel the world through Girl Scouts, and not only see amazing things, but meet girls who are just like you. I have friends all over the country because of Girl Scouts.
Kate on her Global Girls Trip in Europe

GSWISE: What year are you in school, and what is your favorite subject?

Kate: I am a Sophomore in high school, so 10th grade, and my favorite subject is English.

GSWISE: Do you know what type of career you want to go into after high school or what you might want to study in college?

Kate: As of now I haven’t decided what I would like to do. I’ve been looking into careers in politics, music, and healthcare as possible options for the future. I’d really like to make a difference in our country/ community. I haven’t decided how I’m going to do that yet, but I have high hopes and expectations for myself and my future.

GSWISE: How long have you been a Girl Scout?

Kate: I’ve been a registered Girl Scout since I was in Kindergarten; it’s how I met some of my closest friends. Although, I’ve been attending Alpha Moraine Day Camp since I was 18 months old, and it’s something I look forward to every year.

GSWISE: What was your favorite part about being in Girl Scouts when you were younger?

Kate: My favorite part when I was younger was definitely camp, and at our monthly or weekly meetings I would have to say our activities we’re definitely my favorite. I got to experience a lot of things that I wouldn’t have been able to do if I wasn’t a Girl Scout.

GSWISE: What types of things have you done as a Girl Scout while in high school?

Kate: I’ve spoken at various events through Girl Scouts, but most recently I traveled to Europe with Global Girls. It was honestly one of the best things I’ve ever done. I made great friends, saw some amazing places, and even hiked up a mountain.

GSWISE: Can you tell us about what you did on your Global Girls trip and what your highlights were?

Kate: Europe was AMAZING. We spent time in London, France, Switzerland, and Italy. In London we visited Pax Lodge, which is a World Center for WAGGS, World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts, and we visited Our Chalet in Switzerland which is another World Center. They were both extremely cool. We got to London a day late because of a delayed flight, but London was really cool.

We experienced the tube, the London Eye, and even visited a castle. In France we saw Notre Dame, the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre (specifically the Mona Lisa, which is actually tiny by the way). In Switzerland we hiked UP A MOUNTAIN, to visit the wood carver family and on the way there we hiked through this giant gorge and it was really cool but also really scary because you could see straight through the steps. On the way back down four of us had to hike separately through Adelboden and find our way back to the hotel using the directions we were given from some restaurant owner in the bottom of the valley. In Italy we say the Colosseum, we visited the Vatican which was absolutely gorgeous and took my breath away.

GSWISE: Would you encourage other girls to stick with Girl Scouts into high school. If so, why?

Kate: Most of my friends laugh when they find out that I’m a Girl Scout, but when they find out all of the cool things I’ve done because of it, they begin to think it’s really cool and wish they could’ve done that too. Girl Scouts when you’re younger is very structured and you spend most of your time earning badges. When you get older, you get a lot of say in what you would like to do. You can travel the world through Girl Scouts, and not only see amazing things, but meet girls who are just like you. I have friends all over the country because of Girl Scouts. It’s given me so many opportunities to explore and grow. I wouldn’t be the same person if I wasn’t a Girl Scout.

GSWISE: Can you tell us about the friendships you’ve made through Girl Scouts?

Kate: Some of my best friends, to this day, I made through Girl Scouts. They’re good people I can trust with anything, and I’ve spent some of the best times of my life with them. If it wasn’t for GS I wouldn’t have met them, and I can’t imagine my life without them in it.

GSWISE: What is the coolest moment you have had in Girl Scouts?

Kate: In Switzerland, when I finally got to the wood carver’s shop, and I was looking out at the mountains, watching my friends lift each other up and take pictures and I was exhausted, but I couldn’t help but smile because not only had I made it, but I had made it with friends, and that was a great feeling.

GSWISE: What is the most valuable lesson you learned through Girl Scouting?

Kate: Perseverance. You can do anything and get anywhere if you’re willing to put the work in.

GSWISE: Is there anything else you would like to share about your experience?

Kate: I owe some great experiences and friendships to Girl Scouts, and if anyone ever thinks about quitting GS, I would think again. I tried to get out of GS when I was younger and my wonderful mom made sure I stayed in. I couldn’t be happier with that decision. Being a Girl Scout rocks!