Color guard at deliberative session was part of their civic education
CANDIA, NH – Candia’s deliberative session may have looked different this year because of COVID-19 restrictions, but Girl Scout Troop 59185 kept traditions alive by presenting the flags on Saturday, Jan. 30.
“We were a little nervous because our girls are so young and it was their first time performing the ceremony in public without support from an older troop,” said co-leader Danielle Robidoux. “They did great, I was so proud of them!”
Five girls participated ranging from first grade to third. The troop also serves kindergartners in the town.
“The girls took great pride in taking care of the American flag,” said co-leader Carley Colletti. “They demonstrated they knew how important it is, and made sure it was more pronounced as they walked down the aisle.”
The town’s deliberative session was held on the turf at the CYAA this year to facilitate social distancing. Live streaming of the event was also available to town residents preferring to stay at home.
“I’m so glad we get to be a part of this town tradition,” said co-leader Miriam Wilcox. “It serves our goals of serving the community, but also inspires the girls to be part of their government as they grow older. We have been very happy to implement the new Girl Scout Democracy badges as part of our meeting plans.”
The troop has been learning about government at all its different levels. In 2020, they celebrated 100 years since women were empowered to vote and created a video encouraging their community to cast their ballots. Town Moderator Clark Thyng invited the troop to visit the polls prior to the national elections last November.
Girl Scouting has been supporting the development of young leaders in the area for generations. The troop leaders hope these traditions will stay alive for generations to come. Find out more at www.girlscoutsgwm.org.
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