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Girl Scouts Serve

When Juliette Low founded Girl Scouts on March 12, 1912, she had no idea that her organization would grow to be one of the largest women’s organizations in the world.  She had no idea the number of lives her organization would impact as she attempted to bring young women together to experience the joy of the outdoors.  As the 100th anniversary of the founding of Girl Scouts approaches, I’ve taken a lot of time to reflect on my experiences in Scouting.  From summer camp to badge work, the last 15 years of my life have been spent immersed in all things Girl Scouts.  Some of my fondest memories are of Girl Scout camp; learning, laughing, and growing through the years as I attended camp every summer.

Can you imagine what it was like to be a woman 100 years ago? Women were not allowed to vote and they had to submit to laws when they had no voice in their formation and they had no property rights. In addition, women were not allowed to enter professions such as medicine or law and they had little to no means to gain an education because most college and universities would not accept women students.  From 1912 to 2012, Girl Scouts has been leading the way to a brighter future for women and girls.

When you think of Girl Scouts, images of cookies, camping, and little girls in green vests undoubtedly frolic through your mind.  However, one of the most impressive trademarks of the Girl Scout movement is the Gold Award, which is the highest honor that a Girl Scout under the age of 18 can earn.  This prestigious award, earned by only 2% of Scouts, is used to recognize girls who make a difference in their communities and in their own lives.  The Gold Award is only one of many testaments to the type of women that the Girl Scout movement creates; women whom are leaders in their communities and are consistently engaged in service endeavors that change the world around them.

It is important that we recognize Girl Scouts for more than their cookies; they are far more than “cute” cookie saleswomen in polyester sashes. Instead, Girl Scouts are experts of the outdoors, entrepreneurs, philanthropists, thought leaders in their schools, communities, and countries, champions of change, and so much more.

Happy 100th birthday, Girl Scouts! Here’s to another century of building girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place!