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Alumna of the Month: Lifelong Girl Scout Member


“Many thanks to Girl Scouts–Arizona Cactus-Pine Council for 12 years of Scouting experience as a young girl and developing the courage, confidence, and character that I have carried throughout my adult life,” says Gretchen Erickson, Girl Scout Alumna. 

Gretchen Erickson remembers the exact day she became a Brownie in 1969. It was a day that linked her in becoming a lifelong member of Girl Scouts. 

Throughout Gretchen’s 45 years of active scouting, she has achieved many accomplishments. Not only did Girl Scouts provide her with lessons of leadership and citizenship, but it taught her how to be a sister to every Girl Scout. 

After graduating as a Senior scout in 1980, Gretchen continued her commitment to Girl Scouting. She got married into the military life with her husband, Mark, which enabled her to travel to five different Girl Scout councils around the nation. 

She started a patch program called The President’s Patch in 2011, which was earned by submitting Girl Scout stories. Within two years, Gretchen collected 500 stories. 

“It was at this point I became a Lifetime Member of Girl Scouting. I was hooked on sharing the experience with not only girls, but adults to make this world a better place,” Gretchen says. 

Now, with more than 16 years at the Girl Scout Council of the Florida Panhandle (GSCFP), Gretchen has served as a troop leader, trainer, association chair, national delegate, board secretary, vice president, and president/board chair. As a 2014 Pearl Lifetime Achievement Award honoree, Gretchen says she looks forward to continuing to live the Girl Scout tradition.