ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) More than just cookies, Girl Scouts from across the state shared stories about how the organization is changing lives at it's annual leadership luncheon.
From Daisies to Ambassadors, five girls discussed how lessons learned at summer camp and on the road to filling their sashes with badges translate into the real world.
"I never knew that one moment would come to this," Krista Simpler said about being asked to speak at the event.
Simpler is a recipient of the prestigious Girl Scouts of America Lifesaving Award for her fast thinking during an emergency.
Simpler says her father accidentally cut himself while doing the dishes and she helped him clean and apply pressure to the wound before heading to the hospital.
Eleana Eberhart, a high school senior credits Girl Scouts with helping her choose a career in marine biology after graduation.
"When you go into a STEM career as a young woman a lot of people sometimes challenge the ideas you're going after. Maybe its because you're a woman or because you're young but either way it's given me a chance to believe in what I want and what I think is right," Eberhart said.
The Girl Scouts organization has been around since 1912 when it was founded in Savannah, Georgia. Today there are more than 3 million Girl Scouts in 92 countries around the globe.