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First Annual Scout Day at RU

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First Annual Scout Day at RU

Posted by: Website Admin on Sun, Jan 27, 2013

Hosted by Rutgers Women's Gymnastics Team



JANUARY 12, 2013

Rutgers Women’s Gymnastics Team Hosts 180+ Local Girl Scouts for first annual “Scout Day”



On Saturday January 12th the Rutgers Women’s Gymnastics Team sponsored a special Scout Day and hosted over 180 Girl Scouts from troops across New Jersey. “The response to this event was bigger than we ever expected,” stated Karen Briegs, one of the Leaders of Hillsborough Cadette Troop #60261 that organized the event. “We wanted to help draw attention to the amazing athletics of the Rutgers Gymnasts, and when the team reached out to us to work together we were thrilled to participate. It was a great way for our girls to show their skills in organization and leadership, and a fun day for the troops that participated.”

 Along with experiencing the excitement and energy of an NCAA Division I Collegiate team meet, the troops participated in a raffle of a fully loaded basket of Rutgers gear, dropped their questions for a Q&A with the gymnasts, got to jump and cheer when their troop was announced over the loudspeakers during the meet, and received a poster personalized and signed by all of the athletes along with a participation patch for their vests and sashes. Troops traveled to the Livingston Campus of Rutgers University in Piscataway NJ from locations as far away as Jersey City, Lambertville, Freehold, and Frenchtown and every town in-between to show support for Rutgers and to learn more about the sport. "Gymnastics is a great sport to teach young women that they can be strong, fit, and powerful in a sport where women excel. We are so happy to share that with Girl Scouts and to extend our passion for athletics with the community. The fact that we were able to engage so many young women from so many towns across New Jersey was great - and we won the meet! The Girl Scouts cheering us on was surely a motivator for the gymnasts," said Assistant Coach Umme Salim-Beasley who initiated the idea with the Scouts and helped organize the event. “It was inspiring to see the gymnasts who were once girl scouts,” said Brynne, one of the scouts in Troop 60261. “They’ve turned their lives into something really exciting and we look up to them because we know we can do it too!”

“Cadette girl scouts are between the ages of 11-14 and in grades 6-8,” explains Troop Leader Dianne Suraci, “and we want these girls to gain confidence and skills through experiences like this where they had to work with the public, create a promotional campaign through flyers and emails, deal with the logistics of a large event, and function as a team to make it run smoothly – all while having as much fun as possible! This was a success in all of these ways and we are proud of the work they did to create such a nice day for the troops that joined us.” Parent volunteer Dana Shapiro adds, “It was also a great fundraiser for the troop. – the girls are working on a number of projects this year and this brings us a few steps closer to their goals.” Troop Leader Barbara Ferriere sums it up, “It was a true team effort - Brynne and Paige handled reservations, Ashley, Iman, Lynnsey and Ava designed and made posters, Kara put together the information sheet and did photography, Ali interviewed the gymnasts, Danish and Jessica worked with the announcers and led the Q&A, Sarah and Amy worked the check in tables, and all of the girls worked together for advertising and promotion. The girls came together this year from four different troops that had disbanded and they very quickly teamed up to make this event possible. We all need to recognize the power that a group of young women have when they work together and it’s great when they can demonstrate what they are gaining from being a part of Girl Scouts to younger troops and to the community. This is why we became leaders – to help these girls grow in diverse ways, and days like this show us that what we are doing is worth the effort.” 


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Photo Credits to Kara Capaccio


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