“We can share the stories. We are the history of Girl Scouts. We are the mentors for girls and young women of our organization.”—Helen Schadegg
We asked long-time Girl Scout Helen Schadegg for her insight on National Convention and on reconnecting with Girl Scout alumnae.
You have been to several national conventions. What draws you back each time?
“Through Scouting, I have met a number of wonderful people from all over the country. We all try to make convention a reunion . . . a place to renew those friendships in person. Who could resist an opportunity like that?! To be surrounded by so many women who believe as I do is very empowering!
I also love seeing the little girls eyes widen as they step into the exhibit hall. It is a bigger-than-life experience for them that I know they will remember their entire lives.”
What about your experience at National Convention excited you about the future of Girl Scouts?
“I am revitalized by hearing our young women step up to the microphone with such confidence to speak their hearts on the issues at hand. They may not have the years of experience that adults in the movement have, but they definitely have the passion and it moves me every time. The issues were not as heated at this National Session as they have been at the past few sessions, but the convictions of the girls and the volunteer adults are just as firm as it always has been.”
Why is it important to remain involved as a Girl Scout alumna?
“Green runs deep! There is so much we can still share, still so much fun to be experienced, still so much to be learned! Our Girl Scout experiences, our memories, our passion for the movement all offer a kind of enticement to girls to join an organization that has become historic in its mission of serving only girls. They can see that they are joining an organization of character with a strong conviction to live the life of the Promise and Law, not just for today, but for always. The true strength of our organization is in the support of our past members and their belief in what we have to offer girls for the future.”