By Sgt. Ryan Hall, American Forces Network LivornoFebruary 18, 2009
LIVORNO, Italy - Girl scouts from all over Europe descended on Camp Darby for the unfurling of the United States of America Girl Scouts Overseas-North Atlantic colors at the organization's new headquarters here.
More than two hundred girls representing 28 troops from across Europe participated in the Passport to Pisa Program, according to Margaret Renwand, chief executive officer of USA Girl Scouts Overseas-North Atlantic.
Lt. Col. Steven Cade, commander of U.S. Army garrison Livorno, called the headquarters' relocation here a great opportunity for Girl Scouts all across the continent to grow and learn within the youth organization, while experiencing the new and different cultural aspects of life in Tuscany.
"We are proud that the Girl Scouts have chosen Camp Darby ... to host their event (and their headquarters)," said Cade. "We have a great community that prides itself in hospitality and opportunities to see the best of Italy."
For Kendra Bader, from troop 63 of Kaiserslautern, Germany, said by participating in the ceremony, she was expanding her horizons.
"This event is good for your education and it gives you the chance to have fun and communicate with other girls around the world," said Bader. "I like earning badges and Girl Scouts has really taught me how to get out and meet new people."
Scout mom Karen Pryor recalled her own experiences as a Girl Scout, which "gave me opportunities and a chance to build my confidence and try things that I probably wouldn't have gotten a chance to try. I'm glad my daughter is getting the chance to do adventurous things she might not otherwise try."
Girl Scouts of America has been supporting daughters of servicemembers in Europe since 1951 when a troop was formed Heidelberg, Germany.