Mother, daughter celebrate two decades in Girl Scouts

Published 9:31 am Saturday, March 12, 2011

Editor’s Note: Saturday, March 12, marks the conclusion of National Girl Scout Week. The Tidewater News is recognizing local girls on today’s Life page, which is B1. The following is a story about a mother-daughter Scout team that’s been serving for 20 years.

FRANKLIN—Susan Vinson and her daughter, Heidi, have been Girl Scout volunteers for 20 years.

Over the years, they have volunteered at Darden Day Camp and helped sell and distribute cookies. The pair goes camping yearly with the Franklin/Southampton Service Unit.

“We love camping with the girls,” Susan Vinson said. “The camping experience allows the girls to be themselves.”

She has been the Franklin/Southampton organizer and contact person for several years. Susan Vinson was also troop co-leader and leader.

“I was rewarded the Outstanding Leader Award during my service as troop leader,” she said. “After eight years, I recently found myself volunteering for another Girl Scout troop.”

She likes seeing the girls mature and achieve their goals.

Heidi Vinson has been a Girl Scout for 12 years and an adult lifetime member for 8 years. She received the Buck Harris Award, which is given to only one outstanding Girl Scout in the Tidewater area.

Heidi Vinson has earned the Silver and the Gold awards. The Girl Scout Gold Award is equivalent of the Eagle Scout award given to Boy Scouts.