This past March, fifteen Girl Scout Senior and Ambassadors participated in the N.C. Governor’s and N.C. General Assembly’s Page programs during Girl Scouts – NC Coastal Pines’ annual Girl Scout Week recognized March 9-13. Both programs allow students to experience working in the Capitol's political environment while gaining knowledge of the function and roles of state government.
Governor Pat McCrory had high praise for the page program participants. “Girl Scouts represent some of the greatest members of our communities through their service and leadership,” said Governor McCrory. “It was an honor to meet Girl Scouts from throughout North Carolina and host them in Raleigh for our page program. Through their experiences as pages, I’m confident they will build on their commitment to serving others and continue to improve their community and our state.”
During the week, the girls had the opportunity to meet with key government officials such as Court of Appeals Judge Chris Dillon and Lieutenant Governor Dan Forest. In addition, they received a behind the scenes tour of historic buildings, including the capitol building, the legislative complex, and the governor’s mansion. The Girl Scouts also assisted members of the governor’s staff in the Department of Administration building.
The N.C. General Assembly’s Senate Page program provided two Girl Scouts the opportunity to become immersed in the state’s legislative process by working on the Senate Chamber floor and assisting senators and their staff members. They also assisted staff and senate members by answering phones in the senate offices, delivering messages and materials throughout the legislative building, and completing tasks in the Senate Chamber during the daily sessions.
“We are always happy to have the Girl Scouts serve as pages as they are the epitome of what is good about today’s youth. We promote citizenship, learning, and the value of hard work in the Page Program and as those themes are also stressed by the Girl Scouts they are a welcome addition to our group of scholars,” shared Michael Perdue, the Senate page coordinator.
As part of Girl Scouts ongoing commitment to leadership development and civic engagement, girls ages 15-18 are encouraged to participate in the a variety of page programs during Girl Scout Week – which this year marked the 103rd birthday of the Girl Scout Movement on March 12.