(Flying up to Juniors)
On March 12, 2012 the Girl Scouts will celebrate their 100th anniversary, and in honor of this they are launching “The Year of the Girl”. When I watched their announcement of this on Good Morning America yesterday all of my wonderful memories of Girl Scouting came flooding back, and I wanted to add my voice to the celebration.
Girl Scouting was a huge influence on my childhood. I was never a “rough and tumble” type, and neither was my mom. Scouting took us places where we would never have gone otherwise. Hiking, camping, horseback riding, archery… You name it, Troop 3021 tried it!
Some of my best friends today, are friends from Girl Scouts.
We learned everything from simple home repairs, to how a power plant worked. As young girls, we were girls who were going someplace, because we had strong leaders (like my mother) who were showing us what our lives could become.
Some of the most precious values I hold dear today come verbatim from the circa 1977 Girl Scout Law:
I will do my best:
- to be honest
- to be fair
- to help where I am needed
- to be cheerful
- to be friendly and considerate
- to be a sister to every Girl Scout
- to respect authority
- to use resources wisely
- to protect and improve the world around me
- to show respect for myself and others through my words and actions
As sometimes happens in life, Troop 3021 fell apart somewhere in the middle of Cadets, but that doesn’t mean that my Girl Scout experience stopped there. In high school I spent two years as a Counselor in Training at Camp Sherman, the largest Girl Scout Camp in the Country. Then in college, I spent a summer there working as Nature Director. Camp Sherman was what solidified in my mind that I wanted to become a teacher.
Someday when my daughter is old enough, you can bet your sweet bottom that I’ll be her troop leader, But you don’t have to have daughters to participate in Girl Scouts. There are so many other ways to be involved. Are you a woman in the workplace? How about inviting a troop of girls to come tour your office. Are you interested in camping? You can volunteer your services at camp one weekend, and help pay for a “campership” so that a disadvantaged girl can go to camp. And of course, the easiest way to participate is the yummiest. When you buy a box of Girl Scout cookies, you are supporting a mighty good cause. Scouts honor!