13, South Korea
I’m Youngseo, I’m 13 years old and live in Deagu City, South Korea. I have been a junior Girl Scout for the last three years.
On my birthday I usually invite my classmates to a party, go into town to eat some yummy food, or have a fun time with my friends. My friends usually prepare a small gift for me.
For my birthday this year my Mum told me she will take me and my friends out to a fancy restaurant. I am excited as I have never been there with my friends. I will eat a fantastic appetiser, then sing a song happily. I will have a cone of ice-cream and lots of snacks.
There won’t be a birthday present from my Mum; instead we will share a special time together. We will go to an amusement park and I will ask my Mum to ride a roller-coaster with me, rather than buying a gift.
Daegu city where I live is big and beautiful. It’s filled with thick street trees and has all four seasons. Daegu was also designated as a World City of Music by UNESCO last year. An international opera festival is held in October every year.
Living as a student in Korea can be hard. I go to academies daily after finishing my regular school work. I don't have much time for hanging around with my friends, but I am trying hard to participate in lots of extracurricular activities.
Girl Scouts offers me lots of fun, energy and inspiration. We participate in various activities to improve our perseverance. I like new experiences. It is especially exciting for me to spend a time away from home with my friends.
I was really surprised to discover I shared a birthday with Lord Baden Powell and Olave Baden Powell. This World Thinking Day my troop is participating in an event organised by Daegu City Council and Girl Scouts of Korea on 24 February. The council has invited American Girl Scouts staying in Korea. We will celebrate World Thinking Day together, sharing our friendship with activities and participating in the donation parade to help refugees.
Girl Scouts serve my school and community. They work as crossing guards at traffic lights and help raise money for the poor. Girl Scouting has made my childhood fun and meaningful. Although we still need our parents’ help in many ways we have special experiences and learn independence through Girl Scouting. I’m lucky to be a Girl Scout.