Addie Milheim

Travel as Part of Girl Scouts

Addie Milheim of Mansfield, PA started in Girl Scouts in the first grade and is now a lifetime member. She recalls all of the doors that Girl Scouts opened up for her including taking a trip to Kenya.

"I was a girl advisor on an International Partnership Project which was a three part project," she said. "The first part was designing a patch for dealing with water conservation. We had to choose a country that we thought had the same concerns as we do for dealing with water conservation. We chose Kenya. The second part of the project was inviting girls and adults from Kenya here to the United States. The third part was we would go to Kenya to see their environment first-hand. Four girls and two adults went to Kenya and I am so blessed that I had that opportunity."

Addie and her husband Not only has she had the opportunity to travel to Kenya, but she’s been to Pax Lodge in London with the wider opportunity program. Addie also participated in a wider opportunity in Kansas City. She spent a month at a camp there as a counselor for Girl Scouts with disabilities. "That’s one of the reasons I became a special education teacher," she said.

Addie earned her Girl Scout Silver and Gold Awards as well. Her Gold Award project was trying to help keep girls in Girl Scouting and show them how important it is, the benefits of scouting and the different trips she got to take, thanks to Girl Scouts.

"Girl Scouts gave me all the leadership, self-esteem, and teambuilding I needed to be successful in the world. I’m not afraid to help someone start something new or to get in front of a crowd and speak. It’s all thanks to Girl Scouts."