The Girl Scout Mission

Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.

At Girl Scouts of Eastern Oklahoma, we are part of a stellar Girl Scout staff. Why do we do what we do? Read on ... these moments fuel the mission for all of us.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Molly's Life-Saving Maneuver

Karen Morgan, CEO of Girl Scouts of Eastern Oklahoma presents
Molly with the Girl Scouts Life Saving Award - Medal of Honor.

Stories like this are anchors for why we do what we do at Girl Scouts. Life isn't always this dramatic ... then again, isn't it nice to know you can handle things if it is? Always be prepared!

For Girl Scout Junior and fourth grader Molly it was just another day at school. Going first to class and then to lunch, she had no idea what she would encounter, or that her quick reactions and the knowledge she had gained in Girl Scouting would help her save a life. As Molly walked across the lunchroom, she noticed another girl choking. Without hesitation, she dropped her belongings and began to administer the Heimlich maneuver. The lunchroom stood in awe as Molly saved the life of another girl.

When asked how she learned to do the Heimlich maneuver, Molly responded, “Girl Scouts.” Indeed, just a few months earlier, her troop had taken a safety/First Aid course in which they learned life saving techniques and response mechanisms.

Several weeks after the incident, news of Molly’s story made it back to Girl Scouts of Eastern Oklahoma. Together with her school, the Council honored Molly for her heroic act at a special assembly and awards presentation. Molly was awarded the Girl Scouts Life Saving Award – Medal of Honor.

The Medal of Honor is a special award that has been a part of the Girl Scout program since the start of the movement. It is given to someone who has saved a human life or attempted to save it under circumstances that indicate heroism or risk to their own lives and who have performed heroic acts beyond the degree of maturity and training to be expected at their age.

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