I can still remember my very first Girl Scout meeting. I was 5 years old, and eager to do just about anything. I really enjoyed learning about the Girl Scouting world with my friends. 

As I grew up, the Girl Scouts continued to nurture me with a sense of self-worth and provide an inspiring space that allowed me to express myself and try new things. I completed various community service projects that taught me so much about hard work, community, teamwork, generosity, and gratefulness. 

Now that I’m in high school, I find myself constantly reapplying the morals and values of the Girl Scout Promise and Law. Girl Scouting is so much more than arts and crafts and a round of “Kumbaya” by a campfire. 

Girl Scouting is about giving girls an opportunity to be themselves and to learn more than they could ever hope to know about themselves and the ever-changing world around them. 

Girl Scouting has opened many doors of opportunity for me. I was honored to have been selected to attend Camp CEO, a five-day overnight camp that pairs 25 teen girls with 25 local women executives, this past June. 

I made many connections with Girl Scouts my age and gained some lifelong friends. My mentor, Ms. Janet Hulet, was an incredible inspiration to me. She had so much wisdom and experience to share that it was difficult to take it all in at once. I left Camp CEO with such a feeling of empowerment and a newfound courage to be my very best and make a difference in this world. 

As a Girl Scout of 10 years, I can honestly say that the Girl Scouts have been so valuable for me in all aspects of my life. I am forever indebted to not only this incredible organization, but to my mother who took the first step to register me, and help lead our troop. 

I intend to become a lifetime member after completing all Girl Scout levels to help inspire a new generation of girls.

Daniela Pope

Riverside