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Girl Scouts learn about Coast Guard during base visit

About 100 Girl scouts visited the Portsmouth Coast Guard base. They participated in hands-on activities including how to properly fold a flag and life jacket safety.

About 100 Girl Scouts were able to visit the Portsmouth Coast Guard base for a Coast Guard Pride Day event.

The Girl Scouts learned more about the U.S. Coast Guard through hands-on activities that were organized just for them.

Some of the activities included learning about the American Flag and how to properly fold it, climbing aboard a tactical deliver boat and seeing what it entails, exploring a cutter, learning to tie several knots, and practicing life jacket safety during relay races.

BMC Malia Chasteen, a Girl Scout alumna and the first African American female serving as an officer in charge afloat for the U.S. Coast Guard, spoke to the girls. Chasteen is also the first African American certified multi-mission ashore and afloat.

Each of the girls who attended received a patch. 

Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast said it is "proud to offer patch programs for Girl Scouts to explore every branch of the military."

Jeannette Rincon, a U.S. Coast Guard Lieutenant and Girl Scout volunteer, organized the event with other Coast Guard non-profit groups.