Before signing a Coast Guard contract I signed a slightly less complicated document to become a lifetime member of Girl Scouts. I registered without much thought, my leader suggested we use the last of the troop funds toward the fee and with all of the distractions of graduation and Swab Summer, I let scouting slip out of my mind.
During the fall at the Academy, however, I found that I missed the camping, outreach service projects, and selling cookies. As childish as it sounds, I missed being part of scouts; though I have friends from the troop my own age, they are too far away to catch up with at Tufts, St. Mary's in Maryland, among other places. So I contacted the local service unit and found a junior high aged group in my hometown, ironically with familial connections to the Academy. Since meeting the girls in the fall, I have been able to meet up with them for meetings, a trip to the ballet, and most recently for work on their Silver Award project. There is definitely satisfaction in returning to scouting because it reminds me of my own great experiences, whereas other community service opportunities arranged by the Academy may not have the same connections.
In addition to helping a troop on my own time, a few classmates and I have begun the process of reviving the Scouting Association. Originally created so cadets could pair up with Boy Scout packs in the area, we have modified the charter to promote collaboration with girls and boys of any age in the region. Our recent meetings have led to planning a weekend excusal for members of the club to organize projects with local scouts and potential mentorship of girls in the area working on their Gold Awards, the equivalent of Eagle in Boy Scouting.
I am thrilled that these recent developments have helped to close the distance between my civilian and military life and am confident scouting will continue to be part of my life at the Academy. If you have any questions about scouting or cadet life at all, please feel free to contact me as always, Sarah.A.Kukich@uscga.edu.
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