Archery arrows flying. Stereo headphones being engineered. Ozobots following magic-marker drawn maps. Camp friends being reunited…Girl Scouts meeting the GSMIDTN President…young women learning thoughtful career tips…
There’s not much that didn’t happen at this year’s Girl Scout Summit!
Girl Scout Summit is an exciting event where Girl Scouts of all ages come together for programs and activities. This year, groups rotated among a variety of fun and educational stations that focused on STEAM, arts-and-crafts, entrepreneurship, and much more, where they…
- Made a pair of real, functioning headphones with help from Dell and Logitech
- Created self-affirmation jars with Vanderbilt University’s Kappa Delta
- Practiced archery
- Designed paracord bracelets
- Charted courses for ozobots
- Earned entrepreneur badges through a Badge Blast
- Worked through Council Quest lessons on mental health and diversity, equity, and inclusion.
In the afternoon, everyone got to hear from Girl Scout President & CEO Agenia Clark. Girl Scouts turned the conversation into a learning opportunity, asking questions like: “How does someone become a CEO?” and “Is college required to do your job?”. They also asked about her own Girl Scout experience and favorite badges. Agenia said she’s proud of each Girl Scout and hopes one will fill her CEO shoes in the future:
“If you’re willing to listen, learn new things, and be challenged when the unexpected happens, you can do this.”
Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors engaged in a panel discussion with Jackson National Life professionals. The group talked about their career journeys and how they pursued jobs they’re passionate about. They emphasized that everyone’s path is unique and discussed valuable experiences like technical school, 4-year degrees, internships, and/or vocational changes.
The conversation ended on a wise note from Jackson Product Manager Chardae Hawley-Giddens:
“My biggest piece of advice: Have the courage to go after the path you want.”
We had the best time climbing to the summit with each Girl Scout who was part of this program! Every girl received a special patch and got to keep everything they worked on.
We hope that whenever you listen to music on the headphones you engineered, read a note from the self-affirmation jar you made, or think about the life path you want to create, you reflect on this Girl Scout Summit with a smile!
This year’s Summit was presented by Ascend Federal Credit Union, with support from Jackson National Life. Thank you!
We also send a big thank you to Dell and Logitech for donating their time and the STEAM supplies, along with Vanderbilt University’s Kappa Delta for volunteering!