East Texas Girl Scout leader speaks about importance of empowering at young age

NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - For most of us, cookies come to mind when you mention the American Girl Scout.

The first thought for the CEO of the San Jacinto Council, which serves Deep East Texas,  is America's future.

Everyone is asked to support the Girl Scout mission for many good reasons.

Girl Scout CEO, Mary Vitek, spoke before a predominantly male Rotary Club.

"It's incredibly relevant for men to be involved in Girl Scouting. We welcome both men and women who subscribe to the Girl Scout promise," said Vitek, "On my honor I will try to serve God and my country to help people at all times and to live by the Girl Scout law."

"I've been a Girl Scout for 10 years," said Kent Hutchinson, "My wife is a Girl Scout troop leader, both my daughters are Girl Scouts and I'm a Do Dad, which is a dad who volunteers. So I'm involved at the troop level and I'm also involved at our service unit level which is Nacogdoches County."

Hutchinson is a national delegate too but more importantly, he wants his daughters and other girls to have the courage, confidence and character to meet the world head on.

"We've got to empower girls to be more involved in our community decisions' at the local level and that's what we're trying to teach those girls, self esteem and leadership skills," said Hutchinson.

In its 100th year, Girl Scouts is using updated materials and becoming more flexible in order to keep girls in scouting.

"So we're actively working on new volunteer models that's easier for adults to volunteer with us and it's easier for girls to affiliate with us," said Vitek.

The Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council serve more than 76,000 girls and 18,000 adults.

That's in a 26 county area of the Deep East Texas, Southeast Texas and Gulf Coast Regions.

With the support of a bunch of men who far nothing else will buy and eat those cookies, 2012 is the year of the girl. Girl Scouts should have a promising future here in Deep East Texas.

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