My “Now what?”

When I joined the Girl Scouts as a Daisy at age five, I had no idea where that first step would lead. I knew I liked being around girls my own age, (two older brothers here), my big sister enjoyed it, and the cookies were good.  Mom, my personal hero, was the troop leader. 


I’ve learned a lot of important things on my ten-year journey. Girl Scout founder Juliette Gordon Low said, “Right is right, even if no one else does it.” When I learned about how unjust the death penalty is, I knew I could not stand idly by. I decided that the right thing for me is to take away the government’s power to kill in my name. My mentor challenged me with this question: “Now that you know, what are you going to do?’ This is my answer. 


While I was researching capital punishment, I discovered that a man who grew up just a few miles from where I live in York County was almost executed for a crime he did not commit. Like me, he was a dedicated Scout and even earned his Eagle Award. He loved sports and he sang in the church choir.  After graduating from high school, he enlisted in the US Air Force. When he completed his military service, he relocated to Phoenix where he went to work for the United States Postal Service. He could have been the person delivering my mail, a member of my older brothers’ troop, my uncle, or someone I sat next to in church. 


Gold Award Girl Scouts are the dreamers and the doers who take “make the world a better place” to the next level. The Girl Scout Gold Award is the mark of the truly remarkable—proof that not only can she make a difference, but that she already has.



Rebecca Diaz

Girl Scout Gold Award Candidate