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Graphic design of a Girl Scouts patch in honor of civil rights leader Dolores Huerta.

One of America’s most influential Latinas, Dolores Huerta, was a Girl Scout from age 8 to 18, straddling the World War II years.

“As a kid I was very shy,” Huerta said on the phone recently between flights to Washington, D.C. Fortunately, “learning how to speak in public” was one of the skills she learned in Girl Scouts.

Other of her Girl Scout memories include going camping in the mountains, volunteering in a hospital, and making toys for children and singing Christmas carols at Christmastime.

“During World War II we made bandages for the soldiers and collected papers for the war effort.

“We learned about nature, trees and flowers. We had gatherings with other Girl Scouts. We learned how to work together as girls.”

Dolores Huerta is co-founder of the United Farm Workers and president of the Dolores Huerta Foundation.

A Dolores Huerta Girl Scout Patch with the civil rights leader’s battle cry, “¡Sí se puede!” (“Yes, it can be done!”) was created through a collaboration between the Girl Scouts Heart of Central California and the Dolores Huerta Foundation, and unveiled in April 2008, according to Debbie Miller, Hispanic/Latino Initiative director, Girl Scouts Heart of Central California.

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