Jul 28, 2014

PHOTOS: Perry Hall Girl Scouts Hold Flag Retirement

Troops gathered at the Maryland State Game and Fish Protective Association.

Molly Friedel has earned about 150 badges, patches and awards in the Girl Scout program—far more than she can fit on her uniform.

The multi-troop flag retirement on Friday at the in Perry Hall was one of her last scouting activities.

The recent graduate of Loch Raven High School plans to attend Randolph-Macon College in the fall.

"It's a little bit upsetting for it to end," Friedel said. "I like camping and helping people; it's born into my being."

Several years ago, she decided to attend a troop based out of her grandmother's church, , because they "did a lot more than sit around and talk about their feelings," she said. 

For Friedel's Girl Scout Gold Award, she performed several service projects at the , ranging from building bird and bat boxes to creating educational slideshows about the environment.

Association President David VanSant said he was grateful for the involvement of Girl Scouts and enjoyed the flag retirement ceremony.

"I didn't have a clue how to retire a flag until today. You really educated me," VanSant said to the girls. 

He added that the organization is highly patriotic: "We have a lot of respect for veterans, some of whom have held my position."

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