Come right over! Happy 100th Birthday, Girl Scouts!

On March 12, 1912, Juliette Gordon Low “Daisy” called a friend and famously said “Come right over! I’ve got something for the girls of Savannah, and all America, and all the world, and we’re going to start it tonight!”  And they did.

Today the Girl Scouts of the USA have an uncountable number of Alumnae.  If you’re one of them and want to reconnect go to http://alumnae.girlscouts.org/ and share your story, or reconnect with Scouts geographically or through common interests.  You never really quit being a Girl Scout.

And if you weren’t a Girl Scout, and you’re thinking “Oh yeah, I like their cookies” or “What’s the big deal? It’s just camping!” then man, I’m sorry, but you have no idea.

Girl Scouting is about so much more than cookies.  Cookies are about so much more than fundraising.  It’s about empowering girls, and women, to take responsibility and control of their lives.  Selling cookies teaches girls about fiscal responsibility, it helps them interact with strangers, it teaches marketing skills that are transferrable to a workplace.  Camping doesn’t teach girls that they don’t need a light switch and a toilet that flushes, it teaches them that they really can do ANYTHING they want to do, that they can take care of themselves.  Singing teaches about listening, and working together and how to just plain have fun, even if all you’re doing is walking.  Badgework teaches leadership, and how to have the confidence to try something new.

I do a lot of boating facilitating for scouts, and one of my favorite things to do with a group of young high schoolers is to have them flip their canoe over in the middle of the lake and then teach them to get back in it while they’re out there.  It’s tough, don’t get me wrong, but when those 14 and 15 year olds realize that they can get themselves in a precarious position stuck in the middle of a lake, and then take care of themselves and make it right (and right side up) again, it empowers them! It’s amazing to see the transformation that can happen over the course of a few hours.  That quiet girl in the back of the group becomes the hero, she BEAMS with confidence.  That’s what Girl Scouting is about.

Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.

That’s the current Girl Scout mission statement.  How true it is.  Thank you, Juliette Gordon Low, for believing in us.

Some more links for you:

http://www.girlscouts.org/yearofthegirl/

http://www.togetherthere.org/

Like to sing? Come to the 100th anniversary sing along in Washington DC this June! http://100.gscnc.org/rtm_about.html

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