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Updated: October 13, 2021 @ 10:09 pm
Girl Scouts from around Aiken County gather for one of their organization’s longstanding traditions: World Thinking Day. The annual event, held around the world, includes exposure to a variety of cultures and encourages Girl Scouts to “think of each other and express their thanks.” This year’s theme was “Diversity, Equity and Inclusion,” and each local troop selected a country as a focal point to represent in custom and decorations, with India, Japan, Mexico, Canada, Great Britain, Italy, France, China and Taiwan (represented together) and Norway among those in the mix, along with the United States (represented by San Francisco). First Presbyterian Church of Aiken was the host site. (Bill Bengtson/Staff/File)
Sammi Miller, a local Girl Scout, stands with boxes of Girl Scout Cookies.

Girl Scouts from around Aiken County gather for one of their organization’s longstanding traditions: World Thinking Day. The annual event, held around the world, includes exposure to a variety of cultures and encourages Girl Scouts to “think of each other and express their thanks.” This year’s theme was “Diversity, Equity and Inclusion,” and each local troop selected a country as a focal point to represent in custom and decorations, with India, Japan, Mexico, Canada, Great Britain, Italy, France, China and Taiwan (represented together) and Norway among those in the mix, along with the United States (represented by San Francisco). First Presbyterian Church of Aiken was the host site. (Bill Bengtson/Staff/File)
Sammi Miller, a local Girl Scout, stands with boxes of Girl Scout Cookies.
The Girl Scouts empower young girls and teach them to be leaders in the Aiken community.
“Girl Scouts overcome barriers by building their confidence, creativity and resilience,” said Karen Kelly, vice president of marketing and communications. “They learn to embrace risks and challenges by trying new things and taking on exciting adventures, preparing them to lead happy, successful lives.” 
Sammi Miller has been a Girl Scout for 12 years and said Girl Scouts made her more confident as a leader to both younger girls and her peers.
She said the organization has taught her ways to stand up for herself, feel smarter and more experienced.
“Being around other girls my age, working with them to learn new skills, and doing activities in my community definitely taught me important lessons about cooperation, leadership, community service, having a good work ethic and creativity,” Miller said.
According to the Girl Scout’s website, the organization is best positioned to help girls develop important leadership skills needed to become successful adults.
“I’ve become a more confident event planner and speaker thanks to the events my age group has planned for Girl Scouts, and I even created and led my own badge for my Gold Award project, all of which I know have built expertise and confidence that will help me in the future,” Miller said.
Kelly said the Girl Scouts work with trusted adult volunteers, mentors and alums who helps young girls find their voices and make changes that affect the issues most important to them.
To find out more information about the Girl Scouts in Aiken County, visit the South Carolina Girl Scouts Mountains to Midlands website at www.gssc-mm.org.
“Girls are the leaders and innovators that our future world requires, and being in Girl Scouts gives them the tools they need to succeed,” Kelly said.
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