What comes to mind when you hear the words Girl Scouts? Chances are the first word that comes to mind is cookies because, let’s face it, Girl Scout cookies are delicious. But for me, the first phrase that comes to mind is the organization’s motto Be Prepared. That’s because I was a Girl Scout for 9 years. That’s right. NINE years. I started out as a Junior scout and remained one until I graduated high school at 17. In that time I had some amazing experiences that I wouldn’t have had were it not for the Girl Scouts.
I also learned a lot, although I didn’t realize it at the time. For example, I am always prepared, can pack a suitcase like a pro, and know that I’m not a huge fan of rustic camping. I also learned a lot of entrepreneurial skills. While this might not be surprising to today’s scouts, it wasn’t as common back in the mid-1990’s and I was fortunate enough to belong to a troop that liked to push boundaries and break barriers. We were the first troop to travel across the ocean (that we know of) and were honored in a book about young entrepreneurs for our arts and crafts business (not to mention our birthday party hosting business, where I learned to make balloon animals).
But more than that, being a Girl Scout truly is something that stays with you throughout your life. Not all experiences are great and not everyone you meet is wonderful, but at the end of the day there’s a lesson to be learned. Thanks to the Girl Scouts and in honor of its inception on March 12, 1894, here are a few things I would never have been able to achieve or do without their support:
- Participated in the living history museum in St. Augustine as a blacksmith’s apprentice.
- Spent a week in Michigan skiing with 100 other girls.
- Ate and sold a lot of cookies.
- Spent a week in London with my troop.
- Achieved my Silver Award.
- Made it into a book about young entrprenuers with my troop for our sales skills (this is what paid for our trip to London).
The Girl Scout Promise
On my honor, I will try:
To serve God and my country,
To help people at all times,
And to live by the Girl Scout Law.