12-year Girl Scout troop holds final ceremony
By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer
SEVEN POINTS–A very special Girl Scout ceremony was held Saturday. It marked the 12th year and the final awards presentation for a troop of girls who grew up together in Girl Scouting and who are now embarking on life as adults.
Their leader through all 12 years, Trinidad resident Debra Kline spoke about the journey – its frustrations and its successes. “Sometimes, I wondered whether it would be worth it,” she said. “Today I know it was.”
Seven girls went through the final bridging ceremony, one of which was absent. Amber Keith was called in to work, suddenly.
“Amber has demonstrated a heart for her family and acts responsibly toward her family and we support and admire her for it,” Kline said.
In her freshman year of high school, Amber Keith lost her mother to cancer, the following year, her family’s home burned down. Through it all, her sister Girl Scouts stood by her side with help and encouragement.
“She is an over-comer and she didn’t miss a beat. She’s a true blue Girl Scout,” Kline said.
Amber Keith joined Troop 2810 six years ago and was awarded her College Artist merit badge, Gold Torch Award, Community Service Bar and 14 states patch, for the number of states she visited as a Girl Scout in her final senior year. Each girl also collected her “Sisters Forever” necklace, as a cherished momento.
The presentation was part of a very moving ceremony held at the Cedar Creek Bible Church in Seven Points.
The ceremony included a 30-minute PowerPoint slide show created by Juliette Girl Scout leader Melissa Jernigan, a flag presentation, Scouts Own, presentation of certificates of appreciation to strong supporters of the girls through the years and a bridging ceremony into adulthood.
During their years together from Brownies to Juniors, Cadettes, Senior and Ambassador scouting levels, the girls earned their Bronze and Silver awards, along with numerous merit badges. One member, Grace Kline, earned the highest award offered in this her final year – the Gold Award. Her project focused on conservation and included mounting a community presentation at the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center last August, titled Conservation Invasion.
Through the two years she prepared the various elements of the award, she gained from being mentored by several adults in her area of interest.
“We honor their latest efforts in Girl Scouting,” assistant leader Tracy McPherson said. “This is not an ending but rather a jumping off point, and this world is going to be such a better place because of them.”
Girl Scouting is all about making the world a better place and about leadership. Six of the seven girls have graduated from high school. The youngest troop member, Hannah Brame, joined just two years ago. She is a junior this year. “Girl Scouting has given me great memories,” Brame said.
“We’ve experience so much together,” leader Debra Kline said, “we could write a book. Girl Scouting offers almost an endless variety of experiences. Camping and cookies are only two, as there is international friendship, science, dance, service, fitness,