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Penny FD Hero

Girl Scouts prepares girls for a lifetime of leadership, success, and adventure in a safe, no-limits place designed for and by girls. Despite the topsy-turvy world around us, Girl Scouts continue to grow and have fun, too. Look at the excitement of Girl Scout Daisy Penny, who is earning a safety award badge over Zoom!

And because the most essential element of Girl Scouts is that we are girl-led, let’s hear about the Girl Scout journey, from Daisy to Senior, directly from Autumn Pepper:


Hello! My name is Autumn Pepper and I am a Girl Scout Senior. This is my 11th year as a Girl Scout with Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida. From my very first year in kindergarten as a Daisy, I’ve been blessed with remarkable experiences that shaped my life journey. As a Daisy, I was eager and energetic, and I learned about my community, sold cookies, and went camping—my first trip away from home was with my Girl Scout troop! Earning badges was fun, but my focus soon turned to community service. I created my first service project as a Brownie, and over the last 10 years I have made wonderful connections in my community through the gift of service.

Girl Scouts helped me to be the confident and ambitious young woman I am today. As a five-time Extreme Team cookie seller (1000+ boxes), I learned valuable traits, including determination, persistence, and charisma. I have significantly grown both my leadership and interpersonal skills, which allowed me to contribute to the Girl Scout Movement at both the council and national level. I’ve served on my council’s Media Marvels team and CEO Girl Advisory Board, as well as a member of the National Girl Media Team for the 2017 GSUSA national convention, and a National Delegate for the virtual 2020 national convention.

The strength of Girl Scouting allows me to pursue my dreams and has given me the self-awareness necessary to know what I want to achieve in life. I am working on my aviation-themed Girl Scout Gold Award, and I’m earning flight hours toward my private pilot’s license. I plan to major in astronautical engineering and will become a commercial airline pilot and eventually an interplanetary astronaut! There is no doubt that Girl Scouting has been crucial to my character development as a young woman of tomorrow.

Watching girls like Penny and Autumn Pepper thrive and grow through Girl Scouting bolsters our faith in the future. However, many girls in our community have families that are experiencing today’s unique financial challenges. To ensure all girls, regardless of their financial situation, are able to join and stay in Girl Scouts, we’re offering assistance with any costs associated with our programs — but we need your support.

Please consider a donation to Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida today, for all the girls and young women who dream big and do bigger.
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