On April 30, Navy Lieutenant Monica Frey returned to her Girl Scout roots to speak at the 2011 Girl Scout Gold Award Celebration, a program honoring 38 local girls who have earned the Girl Scout Gold Award. Girls who earn the award are eligible to enter the four branches of the United States Armed Services at an advanced level and salary.
My Tidewater Moms reports that Frey shared with the Girl Scout Gold Awardees parts of her journey from a Girl Scout making small changes to help her community to a Navy lieutenant making major improvements in a foreign country. As a Girl Scout, she remembers visiting nursing homes and cleaning up the Chesapeake Bay. As a Navy lieutenant in Afghanistan, she organized soccer clinics for Afghan girls and started a special outreach effort to collect clothing and toys for Afghan women and children in need.
Also on hand, virtually, was Naval Station Norfolk Commanding Officer Captain Mary M. Jackson (the first female commander of the Naval Station and a former Girl Scout/current mom of a Girl Scout), who recorded a video message for the girls that you can find below!