Thursday, August 9, 2012

Connecticut Girl Scouts Forge International Friendships

Connecticut's Norwich Bulletin reports that more than 900 Girl Scouts, friends and family from Connecticut, surrounding states and across the globe celebrated together Wednesday at Camp Laurel.

As part of the Girls Scouts 100th Anniversary International Camporee, the camp hosted Visitors Day featuring food, performances, traditional camp events and workshops on the camp theme “Change the World — One Meal at a Time.”

“Camp has been so good,” said Ruby Scott, 16, of York, England. “I’ve loved meeting everyone and getting to know more about them and their country.”

Girl Scouts from Australia, Canada, England, Ghana, Nigeria and Japan arrived Sunday at Camp Laurel to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the organization. Internationally, many of the sister organizations refer to members as Guides, instead of Scouts.

Teresa Young, president of the board of directors of the Girl Scouts of Connecticut, thanked all the attendees for choosing to celebrate with Connecticut. Scouts also attended from New York and Massachusetts.

While the girls have spent plenty of time having fun together, they also have been working together to tackle the issue of world hunger. During daily sessions, they not only talk about the problem, but consider actions to alleviate it.

U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., attended Visitors Day and said he was impressed by the work being done by the girls.

“You are not just leaders of the future,” he told them. “You are leading today. World hunger is an enemy that we must defeat. Nothing is more important. You are leading the way.”

Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman also attended Visitors Day and praised the work the girls were doing.

“We have the future leaders of this and other countries out here today,” Wyman said. “Maybe one of you will even find a cure for cancer.”

Gambrielle Lambert, 14, of Windham, and Emma Luther, 14, of Killingworth, have been camping with the international Girl Guides from Ghana.

“It’s been a lot of fun to talk to them and get to know them,” Lambert said. “We really are not that different.”