When I was in first grade, I joined the Girl Scouts. I was a Girl Scout for the next eleven years. I experienced things through scouting that I otherwise might not have – ballets, symphonies, camping trips, vacations, newspaper production, museums, sleepovers, conferences, field trips.
Always an overachiever, I earned hundreds of patches and badges. More importantly, I had fun, made many friends, and learned so much.
As I got older, I was a helper and then a coleader of troops of younger girls. I was always doing something related to Scouts.
The Girl Scouts have changed a bit in the last twenty years, but the important parts have stayed the same.
Friends. Experiences. Values. Learning.
Last year, Grace was in Daisies. I spent the summer putting holes in my fingers sewing the patches she earned on her blue Daisy smock. She’s so proud of it!
I was more excited than Grace was to sign up for Girl Scouts. I couldn’t wait for her to go to meetings, to meet new girls, to bake, to make crafts, and to go camping.
The highlights of her year were selling cookies and a camping trip in the spring. Memories.
This was beading at camp.
Then the girls made stick ponies. We still have Grace’s.
She learned how to shoot a bow, and I had a chance, too! (I love archery!)
We both got a bullseye.
We learned to square dance, and we danced and danced and danced and danced.
I swear, I thought my feet were going to fall off.
Grace’s first meeting for this year is next week, and she can’t wait. Every day this week, she asked, “What day does Daisies start again?”
If your daughters have never been in Girl Scouts, this is the year to sign up. If you’ve never helped out with a troop, what are you waiting for?
You don’t even have to know anyone to join a troop. You can join right on theÂ Girl ScoutsÂ website!
About the Girl Scouts
The Girl Scouts celebrated their 100th anniversary last year. With more than 3.2 million girls and adults involved in more than 90 countries, the Girl Scouts builds courage, confidence, and character in girls all the way from kindergarten to college – and into adulthood if you include volunteers!
Check out what the Honorary President of the Girl Scouts, First Lady Michelle Obama has to say about this new recruitment campaign, “I Can’t Wait To…”
Thanks to the Girl Scouts, girls (especially those in kindergarten through fifth grade) learn that they can do anything they set their minds to. They learn courage, independence, and strength.
A 2012 study showed that women who were in Girl Scouts have higher household incomes, higher levels of education, and more positive life outcomes.
Right now, the Girl Scouts are in need of adult volunteers. Volunteers are critical in order to support a safe environment where girls can be themselves, have fun, and experience new things. Volunteers also help to counteract some of the personal and societal barriers that prevent girls from reaching their full potential.
Connect with the Girl Scouts
You can join the Girl Scouts on their website (they’ll set you up with a troop in your area) and connect with them in social media:
Facebook -Â http://on.fb.me/1fL5Fln
Twitter -Â http://bit.ly/18t1maX
Pinterest â€“ http://bit.ly/187bw0a
YouTube â€“ http://bit.ly/18t1xmA
This post is sponsored by the Girl Scouts and Mom It Forward Blogger Network.
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