Scouting means business for this local teen who recently earned the Girl Scouts’ highest honor.
“Adelle is very smart, very passionate about what she has been working on,” says Bridget Lake, president and CEO of the Oviedo-Winter Springs Regional Chamber of Commerce, talking about Adelle Mitchell, a very business-savvy 17-year-old.
A Geneva resident, Oviedo High School student, and longtime Girl Scout, Adelle was looking for a mentor as she pursued her Girl Scout Gold Award — the highest award a female Scout can receive. To earn the award, Scouts must complete a valuable community service project.
Adelle wanted to give her service a career-building bent, so she reached out to the chamber in the fall of 2018.
Impressed with Adelle’s idea, Bridget quickly agreed to fill the mentor role.
Adelle’s vision for her Gold Award project was to coordinate a local business-to-student expo for teenagers to explore career fields with people who work in those industries. Bridget loved the plan, as it dovetailed perfectly with the chamber’s goal to reach out more to young people.
It all came to fruition at the Frame Your Future expo in late February, a free event for both businesses and students. Decked out in their best business attire, teens were welcome to bring résumés, and local businesses were happy to chat with students, answer their questions, and potentially recruit some new interns or future employees.
Adelle began her Scouting journey as a Brownie in her home state of Pennsylvania. Her best friend’s mother was a troop leader, and Adelle’s mom helped out as a volunteer. Adelle stayed involved in Scouts, eventually moving to Oviedo as a high-school freshman. She is also a Girl Scout Ambassador, helping to spread Scouting’s positive influence throughout her community.
Since moving to Florida, Adelle has joined her fellow Scouts in swimming with manatees at Crystal River, camping, attending plays in Orlando, and visiting Savannah, Georgia, where Girl Scouts began.
The Frame Your Future expo helped Adelle join a very exclusive club of Scouts. Less than six percent of Girl Scouts earn the Gold Award each year, and the average time spent in pursuit of the award is two years.
Congratulations, Adelle! Your future looks brighter than gold.
A Legacy of Leadership
Oviedo is also home to a family of Girl Scouts that stretches back three generations
What does it take to win the Girl Scouts of Citrus Council Scouterrific Family Award as Ruby, Lorie, and Destiny Massey did in January? A whole lot of community service, as it turns out, and it certainly doesn’t hurt when your Scouting legacy spans three generations, as it does with this local family.
Ruby and her daughter Lorie lead Girl Scout Troop 1276 in Oviedo. Lorie’s daughter, Destiny, is a member of the troop and a valuable role model for the other Scouts.
The family’s Scouting history began with Ruby, who moved a lot as a child. While living in California, she was a member of the Camp Fire youth-leadership program – formerly the Camp Fire Girls of America.
After Lorie was born, the Massey family settled in Oviedo.
“There was an information night at Jackson Heights Middle School, and that’s where we learned about the local Girl Scout troop,” says Ruby.
Lorie joined, and Ruby eventually led the troop.
“It’s where girls can excel in a safe environment,” says Ruby.
And that’s exactly what Lorie did. She became a top Girl Scout cookie seller, raising much-needed money for troop activities.
Eventually, Lorie became a mother herself, and the tradition continued. Her daughter, Destiny, got involved in Scouting and also became one of the area’s top cookie sellers. Destiny is now a student at Seminole State College.
“We feel it’s a tradition worth passing on,” Lorie says of Girl Scouts.
Troop 1276 is home to newest Gold Award winner Adelle. Destiny is also a previous Gold Award recipient.
The troop has traveled to the birthplace of the Girl Scouts in Savannah, to George Washington’s tomb in Virginia, and to the nation’s capital. For this troop, Scouting is literally a family affair.
“All of the Scouts end up being our girls,” says Lorie. “Even the moms!”
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