A New Year of Opportunity: A Guest Blog from the Mary Black Foundation

At this time of year, I try to spend some time reflecting on significant moments in the past year and areas of focus for the upcoming year. Sometimes a single word comes to mind, and I take it on as my “theme” for the year. Currently, this word is opportunity.

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Natalia Swanson of the Mary Black Foundation


This coming month of March will mark my second year working at the Mary Black Foundation. My time at the Foundation has truly been an incredible gift – an opportunity to continue serving the community of Spartanburg, which I have come to love. Specifically, I get to support the community in efforts that create greater opportunities for all people to be physically active and to access healthy foods.

The path to where I am now is a long one; briefly, I was born in Ecuador, moved to Kenya when I was six years old (I was a Brownie and Girl Scout in Kenya!), moved to Mexico when I was 12, moved back to Ecuador when I was 14, and moved to the United States when I was 18. I have been living in the United States since then and have been working in Spartanburg for a couple of years, after completing my master’s degree at Clemson University. Go Tigers! These were some of the opportunities that built my character, courage, confidence, and ambition: being able to travel and go to international schools all over the world, to live in different cultures and learn to appreciate the beauty in differences, to go to college on a generous full ride scholarship, to obtain a master’s degree, to work at a local foundation whose mission is to invest in the community for improved health and, most recently, to mentor a young girl.Natalia w girl.jpg

Many of us have been given incredible opportunities. These opportunities, along with our families, friends and other supporters around us help us develop our character and help us take advantage of and grow with these opportunities. However, not everyone has that support system and encouragement. This is where I think that the Girl Scouts play a significant role in the lives of young girls. The Girl Scouts believe in girls. The Girl Scouts strive to build girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place. Girls need to hear that someone believes in them; they need to believe that they are valuable. Will we take the time to communicate these truths to the girls around us? You can do that through your support to the Girl Scouts, mentoring a girl/young lady, supporting your own child at home, and so many other ways. My hope is that we will be generous with our time and our resources so that other girls can also have an opportunity to live a healthy and confident life.


Are you ready to explore new opportunities this New Year? Join Girl Scouts and help your daughter become the leader she was meant to be!

Maybe it IS Rocket Science: An Interview with NASA’s Michelle Thaller

Some of Michelle Thaller’s earliest memories consist of gazing at the night sky in her backyard. Just a child in the early 1970s, Michelle felt something strangely magnetic pulling her to explore the worlds beyond our own. This intense curiosity sparked her passion for science and ignited her mind.

“I always wanted to go out and look at the stars. It’s something that runs deep inside me.” -Michelle Thaller, NASA


Michelle Thaller (right) in her Space Camp suit

Over time her curiosity only intensified. Michelle loved to study math and science in school. And sure, those subjects weren’t popular for women. While no one particularly discouraged her to pursue her interest in science, no one really encouraged her passion either. That didn’t stop her. Michelle refused to settle for what was average or comfortable. She refused to give up on her dream just because others couldn’t see it.

Michelle dedicated herself to school and the pursuit of knowledge. By the time she graduated from her small rural high school, Michelle Thaller had been accepted to Harvard University. She decided to major in astrophysics.

In her small high school, Michelle had been a big fish in a small pond. But Harvard was more like the ocean. Michelle found herself struggling in her classes. She felt ill-prepared for the challenges she faced. Family and friends all encouraged her to consider changing tracks. They asked why she wouldn’t choose something a little easier.

“Anything worth doing hardly ever comes easy.” -Michelle Thaller, NASAmichelle-thaller-nasa-1

Michelle decided they would have to kick her out before she would leave. She would study relentlessly. She would defy expectations. She would boldly take the necessary risks in order to achieve her dream.

“Just because something isn’t easy, doesn’t mean that you aren’t meant to do it.” -Michelle Thaller, NASA

Michelle Thaller is now a graduate of Harvard. She holds a masters from Georgia State University. She narrates the show, How the Universe Works. She is the Director of Science Communication for NASA. She is living proof that your dreams can become your reality. michelle-thaller-nasa-hat

“The bias is that scientists aren’t warm and emotional people. But people might be surprised to know that I love shopping and dancing. I am silly and enthusiastic. I put a lot of effort into my personal life and my family. If you love something, do it. You don’t have to fit into a certain type.” -Michelle Thaller, NASA

Do you have big dreams of your own? Do you have even bigger dreams for your girl? Then the Girl Scout Leadership Experience is exactly what you need. Teach your girl to be a Go-Getter, Innovator, Risk-Taker, and Leader. In other words; a Girl Scout.





3 Ways to Make Giving Back Really Stick with Your Girls

1.Make Giving A Traditiongift-giving

Our favorite part of holidays? The traditions. Maybe you always drink eggnog during the winter months, play pickup football after Thanksgiving dinner, or always eat an ice cream cake on your birthday- no matter the tradition, the repeated act becomes something beloved and cherished.

In addition to your existing time-honored traditions, try adding something totally selfless into the mix. Here are a few examples:

  • Volunteer as a family during the Thanksgiving season
  • Make a point to do at least one random act of kindness on your birthday, and on your children’s birthdays
  • Have your children pick out and pay for a toy to give to a child who may be less fortunate

These are just a FEW of the ways you can make giving back something that your family loves and looks forward to.

2.Expose Your Girls to Other Ways of Lifesoup-kitchen-2

You want giving to be more than another chore on her list. The true goal is to spark a passion for philanthropy that will burn far into her adulthood.

When you show your girl just how fortunate she really is, something profound just might happen; she may begin to see her privilege as something to share rather than keep to herself. Here are a few ideas to help her understand how to whom much is given, much is expected:

  • Volunteer at a homeless shelter
  • Sign up to work with underprivileged youth as a mentor

3. Be Her Examplespr2010_volunteers02

By far the most powerful way to make giving back really stick with your girls is to be the woman you want her to grow up to be. Practice kindness, forgiveness, and generosity as much as possible. Use difficult situations as learning opportunities. Let her see you lead with strength AND compassion.

You can be her hero. By volunteering and giving her your time, you are already showing her the goodness of humanity.


In honor of Giving Tuesday, we would like to thank all of our volunteers, board, and donors who make what we do possible. If you would like to get involved in the largest girl-led movement in the world, consider donating or volunteering.


An Article to Make us Truly Thankful and Inspired: The Brooke Shears Story

How often are we truly thankful? Not just a smile or a nicety, but really, honestly, desperately thankful for everything we have? Not enough. Even when there are countless others who are less fortunate, we tend to focus on the small and trivial. On the me, and not the we.

At the age of 16, Brooke Shears found herself struggling to keep her head above the thrashing current. Her home life had never been particularly easy, but at 16, her world fell apart. Brooke’s father had a devastating drug addiction. Her parents separated. Money was so tight it was hardly enough to cover the bills.brooke-dance

Still in high school, Brooke was working as much as possible to help support her family. Driven by a sense of duty and hope, she pushed forward. But day after day, there seemed to be no eye in this storm. Not only was her family crumbling, and the vice grip of poverty crushing, but Brooke was also being tormented by others at school.

No one really knew what she was going through, or the incredible strength she possessed. On the surface Brooke tied herself together with a smile. Underneath the contented masquerade, Brooke was coming undone under the pressure of depression and anxiety.

“Girl Scouts helped so much with my anxiety and depression. Even though I didn’t join until the 8th grade, the girls of my troop came around me and embraced me. Girl Scouts gave me something to look forward to.” -Brooke Shears, Greenvilleerin-kelly-in-switzerland-with-troop

The girls of the Troop didn’t know all the details of what Brooke was going through. They didn’t need to. All they knew was that Brooke was their sister, not bound by blood, but by an unbreakable connection built on love, respect, and a common purpose. This tightly knit Troop gave Brooke their support, encouragement, and love.

After high school, Brooke  pushed herself even harder as she worked her way through college. Even though Brooke was incredibly busy, she still made time to volunteer with Girl Scouts. She wanted to give her time and heart to other girls in need of inspiration. Now a college graduate, Brooke hopes her story will give others the encouragement they need to keep going.

“I would like to tell a girl who is having a hard time, or being bullied that it’s okay to be yourself. Never think you aren’t enough, because you always are.” -Brooke Shears, Greenville brooke-shears-3

Perhaps in reading Brooke’s story you have become inspired to keep going. Maybe you have gained a little perspective on what is really important. But the real question is- what will you do with this inspiration and perspective? This is our challenge for you: be the change you want to see, and make the world a better place.

One way you can do this is to volunteer with Girl Scouts. You can be that support that a girl so desperately needs. Be her hero. We are so thankful for all of our world changing volunteers this holiday season.

Happy Thanksgiving!


Why YOUR Daughter Should be a Girl Scout

Sometimes it seems like nothing can really go too wrong in a small town. The businesses are usually family owned, the streets quiet, and the entire community comes together to cheer on the high school football team. But for Buford, South Carolina, tragedy shook the town when a 14 year-old football player was fatally struck by a car just before a JV football game.


The Buford High School Yellow Jackets


Nicole Hudson, Girl Scout Alumni, remembers this day so clearly. She was in her Junior year of high school and had a volleyball game on the same night. Because of both games, the parking lot was packed with cars. Tragically, the small town didn’t have a helipad, and the crowded parking lot made it impossible for a helicopter to lift the young football player to a hospital.

As a Girl Scout, even through her grief, Nicole saw a clear need in her community and set her mind to making it a better place. Nicole had considered pursuing her Gold Award before, but just hadn’t found something she felt so passionate about. Now her goal was unshakable. She would build the first helipad in Buford, South Carolina. If all the work it would take only saved one life, it would be more than worthwhile.

Nicole started with research. No matter how many ways she cut it, the bottom line was this: She would have to raise at least $8,000 to make her vision a reality. For a sixteen year old who had never even held $8,000 in cash, the goal seemed insurmountable.


Nicole on the day of the helipad ribbon cutting with an EMS crew


But Call after call, Nicole poured her heart out for anyone that would listen. The donations were sometime small, but it seemed that everyone she spoke to connected with her dream. They connected in such a way that Nicole’s dream became their own dream. The momentum exploded. This small town teen raised the $8,000 and even more, she rallied the community around her vision. Through her own manual labor, combined with the help of numerous volunteers, they cleared the land for the concrete to be poured.

“Even as a young female, I was able to make a real difference. Girl Scouts has given me the opportunity to literally save lives. It changes the way I live my life now.” -Nicole Hudson”

When it came time for Nicole to attend her Gold Award Ceremony, this award was so much more than an accolade in a frame. The Gold Award represented the heart of Nicole’s accomplishments; leading with courage, confidence, and character. Making the world a better place.

Nicole is now away at college, but each time she comes home to Buford, she is reminded of the power of community, and the difference one person can make.

“My dad is a volunteer firefighter in Buford. Every time I come home and hear his radio go off, I have no doubt that all the hours and hard work were worth it.” -Nicole Hudson


Do you want to teach your girl what it means to be a true leader? Do you want her to feel empowered, courageous, and strong? Consider joining Girl Scouts. We are the world’s largest leadership development organization for girls- we don’t empower girls, we prepare girls to empower themselves. Join the Girl Scout community and gain full access to the Girl Scout Leadership Experience including our programs, curriculum, sisterhood, and more. Give the gift of Girl Scouts.





Silencing the Bullies: Building Confidence Through Girl Scouts

With a little backpack slung over her shoulders and shoes laced tight, Ashlynn Slay takes the long walk into school each day. School should be fun. Ashlynn shouldn’t dread the harsh words of other children. She should never come home crying.

But for her first year of school, this was the story of Ashlynn Slay.


Ashlynn picking strawberries in her favorite Girl Scout shirt

Reading felt like wading through mud for Ashlynn. The letters didn’t seem to make sense. Instead of encouragement, words like “stupid” or “dumb” were thrown at her by classmates. Ashlynn’s mother, Cheri, was distraught and angry. How could other children be so cruel? Cheri was regularly at the school advocating on behalf of her daughter, but nothing seemed to help. The bullying continued. It increased.

After months of relentless bullying, Ashlynn told her mother that she hated school.

“For her to feel like that, it broke my heart.” -Cheri Slay


Ashlynn and her mother, Cheri

When one of Cheri’s friends encouraged her to enroll Ashlynn in Girl Scouts, Cheri was hesitant. All Cheri knew of Girl Scouts were the famous cookies and camp. While both sounded fun, she wasn’t sure how being a Girl Scout would change anything. But in a desperate effort to help her daughter, Cheri took a chance and signed them both up with Girl Scouts of South Carolina- Mountains to Midlands.


When the time came for their first troop meeting, Ashlynn was hesitant. Her past experience with other children her age had been traumatizing. However, her new troop embraced her with enthusiasm and friendship. Ashlynn began to take more risks. She started asking questions. Her troop created a safe environment to try and fail.


Ashlynn Bridging to Brownies

Just a few months into Girl Scouts, Ashlynn received a reading scholarship through the Girl Scout Daisy Power Project. This scholarship meant everything to Cheri. This scholarship would allow Ashlynn to strengthen her reading and build her confidence.

Over this summer, Ashlynn worked hand in hand with a tutor.  When she started the program she was reading at a very low kindergarten level. By the end of this summer, Ashlynn was reading at a high second grade level.

Cheri is amazed by the positive impact of the Girl Scout Experience. Ashlynn has found her confidence again. She isn’t afraid to raise her hand in school. She takes risks. She leads like a G.I.R.L. Scout.


Ashlynn reading one of her favorite books


“Girl Scouts teaches me to read and always raise my hand. I love to read now!” -Ashlynn Slay, 1st Grade


Do you want your girl to become more confident? Give her everything she needs to lead with confidence and join Girl Scouts.







How Girls Can Change the World: the Gold Award

Let’s take a trip back in time together. Are you buckled up? Okay. Let’s go. model-t-ford

The year is 1916. The highest selling car is the Model T Ford, although horse pulled carriages still outnumber automobiles. Long dresses graze the cobblestone, and after a long day of time travel, I say we should head over to the cinema and relax!

A night out at the movies will cost us around a nickel each- it’s my treat. “Talkies” aren’t really a thing yet, so the film tonight is going to be silent in black and white. Totally retro! Like all the other movies out in 1916, the major theme is going to be the damsel in distress. You won’t see a brave Katniss Everdeen or commanding Wonder Woman daring to write her own story. In fact, the leading lady will do little more than be rescued by the masculine hero and then fall into his arms. silent-movies

In 2016, it’s easy to say, “we support the empowerment of girls.” After all, women can hold public office, sit on the Supreme Court, be doctors, lawyers, or astronauts. But when the founder of Girl Scouts created the highest award in Girl Scouting, female empowerment was highly controversial.

In 1916, when women didn’t yet have the right to vote, Juliette Gordon Low created the Gold Award. The Gold Award has held several names throughout the course of a century; Golden Eaglet, Curved Bar Award, and First Class. But the mission and purpose of this award remains the same. The Gold Award gives girls the opportunity to be the hero of their own stories. They use the bravery, valor, and compassion of a hero to reach out and help others to do the same.


In the midst of WW2, Girl Scouts worked to collect scrap metal, grow Victory Farms, and operate bicycle courier services to aid in the war efforts.

Maybe you are reading this and you’ve never heard of the Gold Award before. Don’t worry, you are just in time to learn for the 100th Anniversary of the Gold Award! Let’s get started!

The first thing you should know is earning the Gold Award isn’t easy. Girls who pursue the Gold Award must spend at least 80 hours planning, presenting, and working their project.


Girl Scouts held “Speak Out” Conferences to aid the fight for racial equality.


What kind of project is it, you ask? Girls must identify a critical issue in their communities such as homelessness, illiteracy, domestic violence, or any number of issues.

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Local Girl Scout Alumni, Amber Woods, earned her Gold Award by building a privacy fence for a battered women’s shelter.


Once they find an issue they are passionate about, they take action to address the topic and make their community a better. Our Gold Award Recipients have established libraries, created after school programs, connected foster children with scholarships, and so much more.

We believe, and teach the girls in our program, that leadership is more than merely being “in charge” of others. A real leader takes risks, uses creativity, and always reaches back to make the world a better place. The Gold Award represents the heart of a true leader. That’s how Girl Scouts are changing the world; through revolutionary leadership. Through the Gold Award.

This year we celebrate the revolutionary vision of Juliette Gordon Low and the courage it took to follow her heart. We celebrate 100 years of Girl Scouts changing the world through the Gold Award. We celebrate 100 years of life changing leadership.gold-gala-invite-mt

Now that we’ve taken you back in time to where it all started, we would like to invite you to our Gold Award Centennial Celebration. Whether the award you earned was named Golden Eaglet, Curved Bar, First Class, or Gold Award, we are so excited to honor you at our Gold Centennial Gala. The Gala will be held at the South Carolina State Museum on the 4th of November, and will begin at 7pm. We invite the entire community to come celebrate leadership at its finest.


Have you earned the Gold Award? We are in search of Gold Award stories that will inspire and encourage. If you have earned the Gold Award and want to tell your story, please reach out to me at mtaylor@gssc-mm.org. I would love to hear from you!



Living Beyond Yourself: The Zainab Bhagat Story

Children emulate the world around them. When you respond with kindess, they notice. When you respond in anger, they see. They are mirrors that reflect the very best and worst of us. Tragically, they so often imitate the cruelty they see in the world; the prejudice and hatred. But children also represent the purest of hearts and the fullness of hope for the future.


Zainab pictured with her Girl Scout Troop

Zainab Bhagat has always reached out to the hurting, even when she didn’t realize she was practicing philanthropy. As a child in elementary school, she noticed one of her friends often went without. Her friend never seemed to have school supplies or a complete lunch. Without a second thought, Zainab shared everything she had to offer.

“There is so much more to life than yourself.” -Zainab Bhagat

We so often view philanthropy as a charitable donation. But do you know the actual definition of philanthropy? Simply put, it is the love of humanity. Philanthropy is not born in a wallet or bank account. Philanthropy is born in the heart, fostered by compassion, and given freely with love.


Zainab as a senior in high school

The moment you realize the world is much bigger than yourself, something beautiful happens; your heart becomes connected to billions of other hearts across the world. Eyes that were once blind to the struggles and triumphs of others, now see every moment as an opportunity to change the world.


“The opportunities I have, I want every girl to have.” -Zainab Bhagat

When Zainab had the opportunity to earn the Gold Award in high school, she never questioned if she should pursue it or not. She felt it a moral obligation to share her time, talent, and treasure with the world.

Zainab saw the Gold Award as so much more than an accolade in a frame. The Gold Award represents the true heart of philanthropy. It represents the very best of all of us. She knew the project would take her full devotion. She would have to spend at least 80 hours researching, planning, and working her project. She would have to present her concept before a committee, and her project would have to address a real issue in her community. But anything worth doing is rarely easy. zainab-in-vest

Zainab created a documentary about homelessness in her hometown of Irmo, South Carolina. She interviewed and became fast friends with a local teen who had endured incredible hardship. Watch her hard-hitting and inspirational documentary at the bottom of this article.

“Throughout my project, so many other people volunteered to help me create the documentary. It was amazing  to work together with others to make a change and help people.” -Zainab Bhagat

This year is the 100th anniversary of the Gold Award. An award that was created in 1916, when women didn’t even have the right to vote. But even in a time where a girl changing the world seemed impossible, girls were taking action to make the world a better place. Today, in 2016, girls like Zainab are still working towards that goal. Talk about a legacy.

“Helping others and looking beyond yourself- that’s what Girl Scouting means.” -Zainab Bhagat

“Stop the Cycle”, A documentary by Zainab Bhagat


Have you earned your Gold Award? I would love to hear about your project! Email me at mtaylor@gssc-mm.org to tell your story!


7 Travel Tips and Tricks for your Girl Scout Adventures

Girl Scouts inertly crave adventure. We love to learn new things, experience different cultures, explore nature, and travel the world. Just as you plan meetings or create a strategy to earn a badge, the key to having the best travel experience is a little planning. Check out these simple travel tips and tricks that will make your planning easier, and your trip unforgettable. Whether you are going camping, road-tripping it across country, or taking on the world abroad, these friendly tips will help you get the most out of your travels!


1.Over the Seat Car Organizer travel-tips-5-shoe-organizer-fun-hanging

From snacks and drinks, to wet wipes and crayons, keep your travel essentials easy to access and organized in your car. A simple over the door shoe hanger on the passenger or driver side seat will create an in-car organizer for your trip. No more mess!

2. Tennis Shoe Packing Hack travel-tips-4-breakables-in-shoes

Sometimes you have to fit the luggage of an entire troop in a van or SUV- along with the troop. This can be a huge challenge. Sometimes you have to fit a week’s worth of essentials into one small suit case and a carry-on. Protect your valuables from damage, and make the most of the space by placing smaller items inside of your shoes!

3. Never Dig for Toiletries Again!


Don’t you hate it when you are camping or in the hotel and you have to dig for your toiletries? The lighting is often less than ideal and you are gathering all your supplies for the shower. Never again. Fill travel size containers with your favorite products, and hook to a lanyard. Once you have everything on your lanyard, just hook it over the shower head. No stepping over bottles along the side of the tub, and it’s ready to go whenever it’s time for you to move on.

4. Food on the Go


Having a burger or taco in the car on the way to camp, vacation, or just around town can be disastrous to our cars. The kids are trying to balance everything on their laps, and by the time you glance behind you there is a burger laying across your floorboard. Not any more. Pickup some inexpensive hand baskets at your local bargain store for the perfect “food caddy”. Kids will be less likely to spill and drop, and you might go a little longer between cleaning!

5. Earrings and Buttons Trick


Keeping up with earrings and their tiny backs during the bustle of travel can be difficult. Never lose your backs or favorite earrings again! Grab a handful of buttons and secure your earrings through the holes!

6. Coin Collector


So you’ve hit a toll road or are just craving a Coke at a vending machine, but you have to dig around the bottom of your purse only to find out you don’t have enough quarters. Keep your change organized and easy to access by storing them in an m&m tube or something similar.

7. Easy Clean Cup Holders


After a long trip, our cars and houses are usually in need of cleaning. Don’t be stuck cleaning the crevices of your cup holders. Simply place a cupcake liner in each cup holder. Once you return from your travels (or even just around town) you can pop the liner out and there is no mess!

Pack your bags, make the reservations, and get ready for adventure! We hope these simple travel tips and tricks make your travel a little easier. Are you interested in traveling with Girl Scouts? Use your Cookie Money to go on amazing trips, go camping with your troop, or go on unforgettable Destinations! Start your adventure today and become a Girl Scout.


Do you have a story or an idea for our blog? I would love to hear from you! Email me at mtaylor@gssc-mm.org to be featured on our blog!

How Girl Scouts Can Help You Travel the World: The Kristyn Winch Story

“Travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living.” – Miriam Beard

Something beautiful happens when we step out of our comfort zone; when we seek to understand the unknown, or conquer the unmastered. If you are a Girl Scout, it’s in your DNA to take every moment of your journey captive and create your own path. To lead your own adventure. Seeing the world and endeavoring to understand cultures other than your own opens the mind and expands every horizon. Kristyn Winch is a Girl Scout Alumni who uses her Girl Scout Experience to achieve her dreams and live with the heart of an adventurer.


“The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page.” -St. Augustine

The flight is long and quiet. Kristyn may have started her day at home in Spartanburg, South Carolina, but she is now somewhere high above the Atlantic Ocean. All she can see for miles is water, but she only focuses on what is ahead of her; great adventure. Anticipation is high as she and her troop soar through the sky for more than 12 straight hours. The troop has been carefully planning and saving for this trip for years.


Kristyn with her vest at Our Chalet in Switzerland


After what seems like days, the pilot announces the final decent. When Kristyn Winch steps off the plane, she is in Switzerland and it is like stepping into a dream. Mountains much higher than those of South Carolina rise into the clouds, capped with white snow. The countryside is dotted with little cottages, like something out of a fairytale. She feels something completely surreal, and completely worth the wait; wonderment.

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” Mark Twain

The highlight of the trip was visiting one of four World Centres for Girl Scouts and Girl Guides. “Our Chalet” is an incredible gathering place for Girl Scouts and Girl Guides to meet and discover new cultures and ideas. Nestled high in the Swiss Mountains, “Our Chalet” has been fostering adventure, leadership, and friendship since 1938.


“Our Chalet” Girl Scout and Girl Guide World Centre in Switzerland


Kristyn grew up in Girl Scouts and took advantage of every opportunity this worldwide sisterhood offered her. She traveled to Switzerland with her troop. She was a program aid, camp councilor, and earned her Bronze, Silver, and Gold Awards.  After Kristyn graduated high school as a Girl Scout, with that same wonderment and fervor she discovered in her travels, she followed her dream to the University of South Carolina to study journalism. Kristyn wanted to tell life’s most amazing stories through words, design, and photography. Kristyn is currently living out her dream as Editor of an online and print publication in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

We couldn’t be more proud of Kristyn for following her dreams, and pursuing new adventures every day.  Never stop believing in yourself, adventure is out there.  kristyn-currently


“Two roads diverged in a wood and I – I took the one less traveled by.” – Robert Frost


Girl Scouts teaches leadership and character by providing unique and meaningful experiences. Make the most of every moment by becoming a Girl Scout. Take amazing Destinations or travel with your troop using cookie profits!


What is your Girl Scout story? I want to hear from you. Send me an email at mtaylor@gssc-mm.org to be featured on our blog or call me at 864.770.1419.