A local Girl Scout is keeping the public updated on behalf of Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania from the Girl Scouts’ national convention through several forms of social media.
Meadville Area Senior High School upperclassman Brittany McCartney will keep her home region connected via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and the Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania blog.
The theme of the 53rd Girl Scouts’ National Council Session and Convention is “Discover, Connect, Take Action: Girls Change the World.” The convention runs through Sunday in Salt Lake City.
“It’s to give everybody back here the experience through social media,” McCartney said, explaining her goal at the convention.
McCartney, 17, is a 12-year Girl Scout who is working on her Girl Scout Gold Award. She is also the lieutenant governor of Key Club for Pennsylvania and has been to several state conventions for the Key Club, where she has performed social media updates for Key Club members at home.
This will be her first time attending the Girl Scout convention — and she’ll attend alone.
McCartney asked her mother, Sara — who has been McCartney’s troop leader for 11 years — if she would apply to attend the convention, and Sara said this was McCartney time and to enjoy the event on her own.
The Girl Scouts’ National Council Session and Convention takes place once every three years. It is similar to the Boy Scouts’ National Jamboree, as it brings together thousands of scouts from all over the country and world.
More than 6,000 participants are expected to attend the Girl Scouts’ convention.
McCartney is among 12 girls picked by a selection committee to attend the convention on behalf of western Pennsylvania. She is also the only Crawford County scout chosen. She’ll represent 34,000 Girl Scouts in 27 counties which comprise Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania.
The convention’s application process includes a questionnaire of the girl’s scouting achievements and extracurricular activities. McCartney applied for a slot at the convention with both the Girl Scout Leadership Institution and as a national delegate. She was chosen as a national delegate.
At the convention, the delegates vote for the national Girl Scout president — the highest adult volunteer position in the organization.
“I was never given the opportunity or heard of the opportunity before this year,” McCartney said.
While at the convention, McCartney works on the finishing touches for completing her Gold Award by attending workshops and gathering ideas for service projects to perform when she returns.
“I’ve been told a lot of work gets done, but a lot of fun is had,” Brittany said.
The Gold Award is the highest achievement a girl can earn in the Girl Scouts of America. Only 5.4 percent of Girl Scouts earn the Gold Award.
The Gold Award is the Girl Scout equivalent of the Boy Scouts of America’s Eagle Scout Award. By comparison, only 2 percent of Boy Scouts since 1911 have attained Eagle Scout. In 2012, 7 percent of Boy Scouts earned the Eagle rank.
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You can connect
To follow Meadville native Brittany McCartney’s social media updates from the Girl Scouts’ National Council Session and Convention in Salt Lake City through Sunday, visit Facebook.com/gswpa, Twitter.com/girlscoutswpa, Instagram.com/girlscoutswpa and girlscoutswpa.blogspot.com.