"Girl Scouts build girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place."
On Friday, Aliy was the keynote speaker at the 2015 Alaska Girl Scout Encampment evening program. Over 800 girls and nearly 400 adults gathered at the Alaska State Fairgrounds for the 3-day biennial event. Troops from all over the state came to attend the event which had a theme of “Super Heroes in the making”.
One hundred girls were selected to attend an Aliy “Meet & Greet” Friday early evening. They all received a personalized autographed photo of Aliy and Junior the sled dog.
Later that night, Aliy spoke to all 800 girls during the evening program about following her dreams from a very young age and enduring many of life's everyday challenges to become the woman that she is today. She said that she knows that everyone -- including every girl in that audience -- has challenges and difficulties in her life: whether in school, at camp, in relationships, at home ... everyone has them!
As far as Super Powers go, Aliy believes that her Power (and it is a Super Power that everyone can have) helps her tremendously with these challenges. Her Super Power is her smile! That’s right... the power to keep smiling throughout all of the incredible challenges in life. She feels that her smile keeps her and her team upbeat and positively motivated regardless of the situation. A smile tends to make everything better. Aliy talked about smiling when she's tired and smiling when she's upset and even smiling when she feels intimidated. Then she played the girls a fun video with an upbeat pop song that showed Aliy in 40 below zero temperatures… smiling, in ridiculous blizzard conditions… smiling and coming across the Iditarod finish line in a very close 2nd place… still smiling. So, smile on Girls!
Aliy said that this was one of the best motivational presentations she has ever done. And to quote Aliy when she got back to SP Kennel: “I went to to 2015 Girl Scout Encampment to try and inspire and encourage those girls and I left the Fairgrounds more motivated and inspired than I have been in years! I give those girls my sincere and heartfelt thanks!”
The girls lined up to ask Aliy questions after the presentation.
Aliy said she felt a little bit like a 'Rock Star' while on stage because of the incredible positive excitement from all the girls!