Girl Scout Generations: A Family legacy of leadership & empowerment
In just three short weeks, Appel Farm will be hosting a Journey Jamboree Girl Scout Retreat!
I talked to Appel Farm’s very own Heather Yelle and her two daughters, Cheyanne and Chenoa, about what it’s like to be 3rd and 4th generation Girl Scouts. Heather was a girl scout from 5th– 8th grade and reached the level of Cadette. Today, she is a troop leader. Cheyanne and Chenoa have been scouts since kindergarten where they started as Daisies. Now, Cheyanne is a 12th grade Ambassador and Chenoa is an 8th grade Cadette. Both Cheyanne’s and Chenoa’s great-grandmother and grandmother were also Girl Scouts – Girl scouts has truly been a Yelle family affair!
Although some activities have changed throughout the years, one thing Girl Scouts has always emphasized is leadership and empowerment. Heather commented that her favorite part about being a Girl Scout was helping to run her troop. She gained leadership skills that she uses today as a Girl Scout leader and as Director of External Relations at Appel Farm. Cheyanne loves that being a Girl Scout gives her the opportunity to be a woman and builds her confidence. Chenoa likes the idea of working on a project from beginning to end as well as getting to do activities she wouldn’t normally do if she wasn’t a part of Girl Scouts.
Heather and the girls brought in their uniforms and showed off some of the badges that Heather and her grandmother received as scouts; they included badges for citizenship, cooking, and first aid. Cheyanne is currently working towards her Gold Award by presenting a series of writing courses for teens that address issues of concern in the world around them. Chenoa will be earning her Silver Award at Appel Farm by creating a reflection area for campers complete with a mosaic, benches and beautiful flowers. Chenoa has also learned the skill of archery through Girl Scouts and she recently won first place in a local archery competition!
Girl Scouts has become a place for Heather and her girls to gain skills and confidence and for them to bond as mother and daughters and as sisters.
Finally, I asked everyone’s favorite question. What is your favorite Girl Scout cookie?
• Heather – Peanut Butter Sandwiches
• Cheyanne – Caramel Delights
• Chenoa – Thin Mints and Thanks a Lot
What’s your favorite Girl Scout cookie?
Appel Farm will be hosting four Journey Jamborees and a Crafty Campout for 2016-2017! Click here for further information.
• Breathe & GirlTopia: Friday, October 14, 6pm to Sunday, October 16, 2016, 2:30pm
• W.O.W & aMuse: Friday, November 11, 6pm, to Sunday, November 13, 2016, 2:30pm
• aMuse & Breathe: Friday, March 17, 6pm, to Sunday, March 19, 2017, 2:30pm
• Crafty Campout: Friday, April 7, 6pm to Saturday, April 8, 2017, 2:30pm or Saturday, April 8, 6:00pm to Sunday, April 9, 2:30pm
Register Today! Discounts available for early registration.