Girl Scouts Shapes Lives
“Girl Scouts has helped me become what I am today and I now realize how important it was to me.”
Catherine Markosky of Owego was a Girl Scout for nine years in the 1970’s and 80’s. She recalls how much she loved to camp with her troop, especially riding horses at the Amahami Program Center in the summers. She also recalls holding bottle drives, going to nursing homes, and being active in the community.
“I’m still out there in the community. I always have been. I had a really good foundation with Girl Scouts and all of the friendships that I made. All of the things that I learned when I was younger are showing up in everyday life now. And that all stems from being a Girl Scout.”
Catherine now runs an organization called Southern Tier Alternative Therapies, Inc. (STAT). STAT is a non-profit organization that provides alternative therapy options to families of children with special needs throughout the Southern Tier. A lot of those therapies are animal-assisted and include her passion, horses.
She has gotten her daughter involved with Girl Scouting as well.
“Every girl should be in Girl Scouts. It’s a safe activity and something that has a good basis that teaches compassion and how to care for people and how to reach out and help. The foundation of what Scouting is really helps children learn those foundation goals, morals, and values.”
As told to Kim Dunne