Senior Girl Scout Troop 476 from the Jessup cluster held an empowerment symposium Aug. 25, the second of its kind, that was open to all young women.
The girls in Troop 476 #18 and represent grades 9–12. The symposium was well-publicized, thanks to the troops efforts, and was subsequently well-attended.
“We had approximately 160 guests total, both adults and girls,” said troop leader Kelly Ray. “And from our troop, we had about 15 girls. Approximately 65 girls were not from the troop.”
This was the second empowerment symposium organized and hosted by these Girl Scouts. The first symposium was held in the spring. The Girl Scout Council of Central Maryland invited the troop to conduct a second event and open it up to a greater audience.
The Girl Scout Council of Central Maryland sent representatives to take part in the symposium.
“We had several reps that set up a recruitment table, and had a picture booth donated,” Ray said. “We did recruit new girls, two of which are now part of our troop and many that were placed in other troops.”
The event for young women featured a structured schedule that included motivational speakers as well as moderated break-out sessions.
“We had three amazing motivational speakers.... Kashonna Holland stood out amongst the speakers,” Ray said. “She spoke about being brave and embracing what’s amazing about you being confident.”
The symposium recruited professionals from a variety of career fields to man the breakout sessions. Representatives hosted seven career breakout sessions. Careers in law, medicine, education, business and finance, law enforcement, personal hygiene and STEM were discussed in great detail by experts in their respective fields.
Three career professionals were assigned to moderate each career session.
“Everyone was overwhelmed with how much they learned and asked when the next event was scheduled for,” Ray said.
In addition to learning about various career choices, a pair of young entrepreneurs were also on site to share their successful business ventures with those in attendance. The two young ladies hail from Troop 476.
One girl scout showcased her “Golden Hands Jewelry,” and the other young lady exhibited her art designs.
For their efforts putting the event together and ensuring its smooth operation, the Girl Scouts in attendance received their Financial Literacy Badge. Eight girl scouts received awards presented to them by Maryland State Del. Mark Chang.
Troop Leader Ray acknowledges the success of this event was the result of a true community effort.
“The love that surrounded all of the girls throughout the event was evident, and the girls could truly feel how much the community cares and supports their dreams and future goals,” Ray said.
“We had so many organizations that volunteered to help and donated items. The sororities within the National Panhellenic Council donated book bags filled with school supplies for each attendee. It was truly an amazing event.”
Senior Dog Stroll
The Senior Dog Sanctuary of Maryland, in Severn, is hosting its first Senior Dog Stroll Nov. 3. It is seeking help from the community.
The Sanctuary is a nonprofit that relies entirely on donations to operate. Since it began in 2016, 400 senior dogs have been rehabbed and rehomed. SDS is looking for vendors, volunteers and donations to help make the Dog Stroll a success.
The Dog Stroll will start at 9 a.m. at Quiet Waters Park in Annapolis and kicks-off Adopt-a-Senior-Month. Event plans include food and beverage vendors, crafts, K-9 demonstrations and a K-9 costume contest.
Residents from the sanctuary will be on hand to greet guests and offer their paws. Humans are invited to join the walk with their leashed pups. Registration is $25 and a tee shirt is included.