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Girl Scouts, Kappa Delta and a Lifelong Commitment to Give Back


Kappa Delta’s partnership with Girl Scouts is what drew me to become a member of the sorority.

Girl Scouts was a constant in my life from kindergarten through my senior year of high school. This organization pushed me to grow and brought out the best in me even when I had trouble believing in myself. Growing up, I was never the smartest, the prettiest or the most athletic, but when I was in Girl Scouts none of that mattered. Through Girl Scouts, I formed a second family of loving and supportive sisters, which I found again when I joined Kappa Delta.

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Nicole proudly sporting her Girl Scout achievements.

Thanks to Girl Scouts, I was given so many unique opportunities growing up. My mother served as our troop leader, and I was able to learn so much from her and strengthen our bond. My troop traveled to Europe to visit the different world centers for Girl Scouts, all while meeting girls from all over the world. I spent my summers at Girl Scout camp and learned to love being outdoors.

In 2017, I had the honor of serving on a team of 21 women from across the nation to plan the Girl Scout national convention. I helped plan sessions to educate as many as 10,000 girls on becoming the best versions of themselves. We wanted to inspire them to be go-getters, innovators, risk-takers and leaders. What I didn’t expect was being inspired as well. The women I  worked with during the planning process have changed the world around them in big ways. Girl Scouts taught me how to be a powerful woman and also build connections with other powerful women my age.

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Nicole and her fellow scouts.

The biggest lesson I took away from Girl Scouts is the importance of giving back. For my Girl Scout Gold Award project, I built a handicap accessible softball field for my local Special Olympics team. While working on “JoJo’s Field of Dreams,” I learned the true meaning of what it is to be a Girl Scout. I pushed myself to do things I never thought I could accomplish, working each day to complete a project that would help those around me, but also shape me into the woman I am today. For my efforts, I earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest honor given to a Girl Scout.

Nicole worked hard to serve her community and help others.

As a member of Kappa Delta, I am able to give back to Girl Scouts, an organization that gave so much to me. As a lifelong member and a Gold Award recipient, I love being able to continue working with an organization that I’m passionate about.

Nicole Long

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