Girl Scout and News Anchor Sharron Melton
HOUSTON, Texas (August 2009) – Born with the gift of gab, Sharron Melton’s career path seemed like an obvious choice. A natural entertainer with a love of social interaction and sharing information, Melton has become one of Houston’s favorite co-anchors on ABC-13’s award winning morning newscast from 5 a.m. -7 a.m. And, she says her childhood involvement in Girl Scouts helped her get to where she is today.
Growing up in San Antonio, Melton joined Girl Scouts as a Brownie because she wanted to make friends and meet girls her age. But she wasn’t expecting to gain much more than new friendships.
“People often don’t know about all the things you end up learning about yourself in Girl Scouts,” says Melton. “I was able to learn about friendships, but also learned about building confidence and self-esteem and learning how to work with people. Girl Scouts isn’t about ‘my, my, my,’ and ‘me, me, me.’ It’s about girl power.” With a master’s degree in television communications from Eastern New Mexico University and a bachelor's degree in speech communication and journalism from Texas A&M University, Sharron has worked all over the country as a television news anchor and reporter. But thanks to Girl Scouts – particularly the Cookie Sale – Melton says she can easily approach new people and adapt to new environments.
“I talk for a living, but I think Girl Scouts opened doors to the gifts of gab for me,” Melton says. “When kids are young, there’s a lot of pressure making friends. My Girl Scout experience made it a lot easier to approach people, especially because of the cookie sale. You had to approach strangers. I learned my marketing and sales skills and can sell people anything at this point.”
Melton’s greatest memory of Girl Scouting was Girl Scout camp. She remembers an especially chilly camping trip during which she earned the Polar Bear patch for weathering through a 32-degree night. In fact, she is so proud of her accomplishments through Girl Scouting that she still owns her old uniform.
Today, Melton is heavily involved in volunteer service work and enjoys singing, dancing and swimming. She continues to give back to Girl Scouting as an adult volunteer through speaking engagements, and was a guest judge at the Just Desserts event in 2008.
Melton encourages girls to get involved in Girl Scouting as early as possible. “It’s the first step to teaching girls about who she is and who she will be,” she says. “Girl Scouts will ultimately help a young girl become a strong and confident woman.”
Girl Scouts of the USA is the world's preeminent organization for girls, with a membership of more than 3.7 million girls and adults. Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. Chartered by GSUSA to provide Girl Scouting locally, Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council is one of the largest Girl Scout councils in the country serving more than 65,000 girl members and 17,000 adults in 26 southeast Texas counties. For more information call 1-800-392-4340 or visit www.gssjc.org.