Girl Scouts Get An Outdoor Lesson

It was a day of leadership, training, and fun. Hundreds of Girl Scouts from all over Mississippi got together Saturday morning to learn a few outdoor skills.

More than 800 Mississippi Girl Scouts gathered for an outdoor training lesson.

"They are going to do things like knot tieing, fire building, outdoor cooking, basic first aid, skills that you would need to take on a basic outdoor trip," says Kari Vicknair.

Vicknair is with the Girl Scouts Gulf Pines Council in Hattiesburg. She says while the girls are learning the basic skills of camping, the mission of the organization is about more than building campfires and making smores.

"The Girl Scouts is an organization that promotes character and confidence in girls. We want to empower them and give them the ability to be great leaders and just provide them with an organization where they can learn leadership skills that they can eventually develop from having their best plan for them to planning their own events as they progress through the Girl Scouts," Vicknair said.

Girl Scouts troop leader Martha Letard agrees.

"I think they enjoy being individuals with girls and I think they feel uninhibited to be able to be who they are and shine as being girls and leaders," says Letard.

The mother of two is now one of the many troop leaders in Gulfport. Along with new friendships and new skills, Letard says her 10-year-old daughter is appreciative of the environment.

So whether it's building character or serving the community, these girls are building qualities that may one day change the world.

The Girl Scouts was founded in 1812 in Savannah, Georgia with only 18 girls.

Now there are more than three million Girl Scouts around the world.