Welcome to your first day in Scouts BSA!
Each of you is a trailblazer of sorts, blazing the way for the girls who will come after you.
There will be a lot of firsts in the next year...the first girl in a St. Mark troop to earn her Scout rank, the first to get to First Class, and the first to earn the Eagle rank. We will celebrate each of these milestones and many more.
It is very exciting to do something that no one has ever done before!
But being first also comes with a big responsibility to the girls who follow you.
No matter how old you are now, you will be a role model. Future girls will model your enthusiasm, your determination, and your dedication to the Scout Oath and Law. They will look to you for guidance, for support, and for leadership.
I am sure that they will tell stories about the beginning of our troop and that you will be the characters in those stories.
So as we get started, will you take a minute to think about the stories you want them to tell?...What kind of adventures will you go on? What fears will you overcome? What kind of leader will you be? What service will you give?
I am excited that today is our first day, and I am excited and honored to be a part of the story we are writing!
Yours in Scouting,