WIGGINS (WLOX) - "Girl Scouts is all about teaching girls to be leaders. We want to build girls of courage, confidence and character," said Kari Vicknair the Girl Scouts' Outdoor Program Director. "That's the Girl Scouts' mission, just to teach them how to be a leader in their community, their school and their home. They can be involved at any age, at any level in any world."
Hundreds of Girl Scouts and potential girl scouts took part in the expo. 11-year-old Aja Scott was one of them. She wants to be a teacher when she grows up and believes being a Girl Scout will help prepare her for that.
Ashley Calhoun is also a Girl Scout. She wants to be an actress and good role model.
"I would want to be an actress that people can look up to, other than like Britney Spears and everything. People used to look up to them. Now, it's very different. I want to be someone that everybody can look up to," Calhoun said.
Although they're widely known for selling cookies, the Girls Scouts' mission is to build upstanding character in young women.
"I learned in Girl Scouts that it's important to be there for each other and to follow directions, listen to people and everything and just to be there," Aja Scott said.
Through the program they learn skills, such as arts and crafts, that they can share with others.
This year's kick off event at Iti Kana was an initiation of sorts for some first year girl scouts who have high hopes for the future.