Monday, March 12, 2012

Happy Birthday, Girl Scouts!

On this day, 100 years ago, Juliet Gordon Low assembled the first Girl Scout meeting. Little did she know her efforts would turn into a non-profit organization that strives to build young women of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place.

I spent all of my childhood into my teens as a Girl Scout. I learned so much and was given so many opportunities. My relationship with Girl Scouting furthered into my early 20's when I interned with two Girl Scout councils.

I was NOT the girl that was ashamed of being a Girl Scout when everyone else was. I embraced it! I never once cared what other people thought. I still don't. That includes you, Mr. Indiana law maker!

Girl Scouts is more than campfire songs and canoeing. Sure, those things are fun and a staple in Girl Scouting. But Girl Scouting goes further than the surface. Every time you buy a box of cookies (and you know you do) you are teaching a young girl financial literacy, take a bite out of that!

I am so grateful for the time I spent as a Girl Scout. For the friendship I formed, the wonderful women I met and the lessons I learned. I am the woman I am today because of Girl Scouting. Girl Scouts -- where girls grow strong!


Leeann @ Join the Gossip said...

Yay! I was a Girl Scout. I got my Silver Award but unfortunately quit before getting gold. I wish I would have stayed in it longer but all of the other girls quit and so did I :( Good for you for sticking with it!

emily rose said...

Girl Scouts was a huge part of my childhood growing up!

Rachel from Love a la mode said...

I was a girl scout from kindergarten through 12th grade!! And as a result every single time I see a girl scout selling cookies I absolutely HAVE to buy a box haha. Happy birthday to us!

sSe said...

I LOVE this post! When I was little I joined, and managed to stick it out through my Gold Award. I'm convinced it was a huge factor in college's accepting me, and whenever people ask what the biggest project I've ever takcled I can still proudly respond with my Gold Award. It sounds nerdy, but I have some of the best memories from trips and activities I did with my troop, and I hope one day if I have a daughter she will do the same!

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