One of my favorite activities as a child was being a Girl Scout. The games we learned, the cultures we explored and the many skills we mastered for those coveted badges opened up new worlds of possibilities for us. As you can see from the photographs on this page, Girl Scouts are still learning exciting new skills, exploring new cultures, exercising new hobbies, and learning how to be strong and independent.
Seventeen troops (194 girls from kindergarten through grade 12) were represented at the recent Girl Scout International Tea held at St. Dominic Catholic Church in Kingsport. Each troop represented a country, dressed in costume, made small tokens to trade with one another, sampled wonderful foods and drinks, learned about flags from all over the world, and came away with a broader knowledge of international customs and politics.
The emphasis was on female leadership and each troop selected a country and made replicas of their country’s flag, and introduced the flag and its country to those present at the tea. They explained the importance of the flag’s colors and symbols, then tried their hands at creating a flag of their own. According to Jessica McCain, the Fellowship Hall was decorated with many colorful flags, posters of the various countries, beautiful foods, artwork and costumes.
A very special guest speaker was also present representing the Peace Corps. She spoke to the girls about leadership, living and working in a foreign country and the qualities that make a person a good leader. Judging from the many girls who participated in the Tea, they are familiar with the concept of leadership and enthusiastic to show their knowledge and understanding of its importance. And especially its importance to females.
Our community has been so fortunate to have had a strong history of Scouting (boys and girls) for our youth. Hopefully, these events will continue to inspire and encourage our youth to learn more about different cultures and political mindsets so that we can seek more similarities and commonalities than differences in our worlds.
It's almost time for Keep Kingsport Beautiful's Green and Growing Gardening Seminars.
On March 7, join Christy Shivell of Shy Valley Farms for “Birds, Bees and Butterflies” as she discusses pollinator gardens and their importance. On March 14, it's “Discoveries in an East Tennessee Garden” featuring garden photography with Susan Okrasinski. On March 21, columnist Roy Odum will present “The grass IS Greener” - a lawn care primer. Rounding out the series on March 28 is “Organic Gardening Through the Seasons” with John Woodworth of Opossum’s Bottom Farm.
All seminars will be held from noon to 1 p.m. in the Kingsport Public Library Auditorium. The seminars are free and no registration is required.