Assemblywoman Carol Murphy (D-7) presented Girl Scouts Morgan Dill, age 12, and Quinlyn Moll, age 13, with a Resolution from the New Jersey General Assembly today at her district office honoring the girls for their heroic action this summer assisting two fellow girl scouts who had capsized during a canoe competition. The girls were racing against each other in the annual General Clinton Canoe Regatta in Bainbridge, New York—the 5th largest flatwater canoe regatta bringing Girl Scouts together from the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states to compete.
“Morgan and Quinlyn’s swift and selfless action to jump to the aid of two girls they were competing against is the epitome of leadership,” said Assemblywoman Carol Murphy. “Their appreciation and understanding that the safety and well-being of others is far more important than winning a race is remarkable and, quite frankly, what we need more of in this world. It’s an honor for me to recognize their character and courage,” she concluded.
Morgan and Quinlyn are members of the Girl Scouts of Central and Southern New Jersey’s canoe team called Penna’s Paddlebums. Training in canoe rescue is a requirement for being on the team. Canoeing is one of the over 50 outdoor adventure activities and/or badges offered by the Girl Scouts that prepare girls for a lifetime of leadership as outdoor enthusiasts and environmental stewards.
“Morgan and Quinlyn’s noble actions during the race reflect everything about what it means to be a Girl Scout,” said Cecilia Penna, coach of Penna’s Paddlebums. “Not only did they bring the two girls who capsized to safety and help them secure their canoe that drifted down the river, they never gave up on the race, hopping back in and finishing in 6th place. That’s the courage, confidence and character the all-girl leadership experience of the Girl Scouts fosters. We are grateful to Assemblywoman Murphy for recognizing it in Morgan and Quinlyn and celebrating it today,” she concluded.