Kolekole Girl Scouts, mothers take tea

| February 1, 2018 | 0 Comments

Violet Gilstrap, a Daisy Girl Scout, walks down the runway during the fashion show portion of the Kolekole Girl Scout Mother/Daughter Tea Party on Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, Jan. 27, 2018. The event was held by the Kolekole Girl Scout Service Unit to help the girls and their mothers bond in an event that was fun and inviting. (Photo by Madelene Allen, a Senior Girl Scout)

Christine Beckstrom
Contributing Writer

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Frilly hats, white gloves and proper etiquette graced the Kalakaua Community Center, here, Jan. 27, as the Kolekole Girls Scouts hosted a Mother/Daughter Tea Party.

The theme of the event was “Alice in Wonderland,” and many girls decided to dress up as characters from the book.

“Dressing up like the white rabbit was by far my favorite part of the tea party,” said Sarah Simon, a Brownie Girl Scout. “When we did the fashion show, I was able to show off my outfit to all my friends.”

Sarah Simon (left) and her mother, Brandy, take a selfie during the Kolekole Girl Scout Mother/Daughter Tea Party on Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, Jan. 27, 2018. The event was held by the Kolekole Girl Scout Service Unit to help the girls and their mothers bond in an event that was fun and inviting. (Photo by Christine Beckstrom, Kolekole Girl Scout Daisy Troop 668 Leader)

A special guest was also there to talk to the girls about the importance of learning and growing: Mrs. Hawaii International, Jessica Pierre.

“For me, doing pageants is all about self-esteem, which is what I wanted to talk about to the girls,” said Pierre. “However, it seemed to me that they all have great self-esteem and confidence. It was apparent that, just from the girls I spoke to, they are not lacking that at all.”

“Meeting Mrs. Hawaii International and hearing her talk about being shy as a little girl and how she got over that really inspired me to try new things, too,” said Simon. “I want to be able to make new friends everywhere I go, which is not very easy. But just like the Girl Scout Song ‘Make New Friends’ says, ‘Make new friends, but keep the old. One is silver and the other gold.’ I want to be rich in friends everywhere I go.”

The event was held by the Kolekole Girl Scout Service Unit to help the girls and their mothers bond in an event that was fun and inviting.

“Bringing girls and their moms together is special, especially since we are in a military community,” said Jessica Goebel-Clark, the Kolekole Girl Scouts Service Unit manager. “These parents aren’t always here due to missions or deployments, so letting them connect through Girls Scouts is very important to us.”

One Girl Scouts mission is to develop girls into leaders through an all-girl led program. This means that, instead of having the adult leadership mark out the way for the girls, the program is designed to have the girls take the lead, and the adults are there to ensure the girls follow the guidelines set out in the criteria.

“We want our girls to be empowered, independent, strong and the leaders of tomorrow, and having a family that participated together in the program, affords the girls better opportunities for the future,” said Goebel-Clark.

In her speech to the girls, Pierre encouraged them to keep working no matter the challenges or obstacles in their way.

“I hope you girls realize that you don’t need to start off super confident,” said Pierre. “Confidence and self esteem can be learned, and as you chase your goals, you will succeed beyond your wildest dreams.”

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