COLUMBIA – Elizabeth Bundrick of Clemson was among 12 Girl Scouts in grades 9 through 12 from across the state who were selected to serve as Legislative Pages for three days in March.
Bundrick joined three other Girl Scouts from the Mountains to Midlands Council — Shannon Simmons from Lexington, Jennifer Spires from Gaffney and Jordan Vogt from Simpsonville – who were chosen based on academic standing, community service and individual endorsements.
The girls were in Columbia from March 11 through March 13, which coincided with Girl Scout Week. Girl Scout Week always coincides with the anniversary of the founding Girl Scouts on March 12, 1912.
The other eight girls were from Girl Scouts of Eastern South Carolina. Continuing a tradition that began in 1984, the Girl Scouts participating in the program have the unique opportunity to learn first-hand about the legislative process.
The annual visit of Girl Scouts to the Statehouse included separate meetings with Lt. Gov. Glenn McConnell and Sen. Katrina Shealy. Shealy was a former Girl Scout and now is a member of Honorary Girl Scout Troop 1912 which includes all elected women in the state House and Senate.
As Pages, the Girl Scouts assisted elected officials of both the House and the Senate by delivering messages and materials to the House and Senate Chambers when the General Assembly was in session. They were also present on March 12 when a Senate Resolution was read declaring “…the week of March 9 – 15, 2014 as Girl Scout Week in South Carolina…”
The girls did their homework before meeting with their individual elected officials by learning about our state government, the importance of Girl Scout leadership program activities, Gold Award projects and their impact on communities, and other signature and outreach programs.