When viewing Girl Scouts River Valleys’ website, Facebook page or publications, it’s likely that you’ll come across the beautiful work of professional photographer Rebecca Pavlenko.
Rebecca photographs many Girl Scouts River Valleys events, capturing the Girl Scout spirit while at the same time, enjoying a personal nostalgia.
Rebecca was a Girl Scout in Troop 425 in White Bear Lake, MN and enjoyed art and theater projects, canoe trips, attending camp and earning awards and badges. One of her proudest awards was the First Class Patch, the highest award in Cadette Scouting at the time.
Rebecca recently went back to Camp Lakamaga to capture pictures of Girl Scouts at camp and was flooded with memories. “The names on the signs were familiar, and I remembered learning how to build a fire and manage a canoe along with many songs that still echo in my mind,” says Rebecca. “It’s so fun to hear that girls are still singing them today!”
Rebecca attributes a lot of her abilities and successes in adulthood to what she learned as a Girl Scout. From a young age, Rebecca has dealt with a neurological disability that has affected her speech. For someone with a minor disability, Girl Scouts really gave her confidence to help her become who she is today.
Today, Rebecca is a successful photographer and has her own studio in downtown Minneapolis, MN. She’s proud of her ability to easily troubleshoot by herself and with a group, a life skill she learned as a Girl Scout. Cookie activities were also a great teaching tool for self-employment.
When Rebecca isn’t capturing images of Girl Scouts, she is busy working on client projects as well as her own projects. She was recently awarded a Midwest Regional Arts Council Grant for pre-press work for a book on Japanese gardens.
Rebecca would love to connect with other women business owners who have been Girl Scouts. Visit her website for contact information and to see some of her recent work.