Friday, March 23, 2018

NORMAN— One newborn baby girl born at Norman Regional’s HealthPlex was named an honorary Girl Scout, but it’s not her only connection to the organization.

The local Girl Scout troops choose one baby girl born during Girl Scout Week in March each year to be named an honorary Girl Scout. This year’s Girl Scout Week was from March 11-17, but baby Reese, who was born at the HealthPlex a few days later, still got the opportunity.

Reese was born at 7:22 a.m. March 20, 2018, weighing in at 7 pounds and 15 ounces. Her mom, Adrienne Lang, said how awesome it was for Reese to be chosen because she was a Girl Scout when she was young.

“I always loved the Girl Scouts. I’ve still got all my badges, Girl Scout book and everything. I just looked at them the other day,” Lang said.

Lang was a Girl Scout in Wayne, Oklahoma, and her mom was her troop leader.

Juliette Gordon Low envisioned an organization that would prepare girls to meet their world with courage, confidence and character, so the Girl Scouts were created in March 1912. The Girl Scouts give gifts to the chosen newborn baby girl every March to help prepare her for the future ahead of her in honor of Gordon Low.

Reese got plenty of gifts from the Scouts, including diapers, diaper cakes, clothes, books, wipes, soap, a bath tub, towels and more.

“It’s such a blessing,” Lang said. “I just think it’s really awesome how Norman Regional and the Girl Scouts come together to do something like this. It’s really neat.”

Candy Kriete, service unit recruiter for Girl Scout troops in the area, said the tradition of the Girl Scout baby has been happening for as long as she can remember, and almost 10 years with Norman Regional Health System.

The Girl Scout baby tradition offers the Girl Scouts some community service opportunities, as well as show the G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader) side of Girl Scouts, Kriete said.

“We hope to continue to partner with Norman Regional to continue to do this during Girl Scout Week every year and we have nothing but best wishes for the family,” she said.