Girl Scouts

25 01 2010

About this time of year, you’ll start seeing precious Girl Scouts, sitting in front of most of your grocery stores offering you those delicious and ever-tempting boxes of Thin Mints, Tagalongs, and all your favorite cookie treats. (And you know you’ll buy some and consume them within the week.)

I’m surprised I was never a girl scout. Seems like something my parent’s would have enrolled me in. My dad was an Eagle Scout with the BSA and always encouraged us to be prepared as is the scout’s motto.

But what you may not know is that the Girl Scouts, while currently headquartered in New York, began in one of our favorite southern cities, Savannah, Georgia.

So I looked up a little history on this impressive young girls.

Formed in 1912 by Juliette Gordon Low and 18 girls, they originally called themselves the Girl Guides of America. Their goal was an organization of girls, outside of their home environments and into the community and fresh air activities.

As most of us are familiar, Girl Scouts participate in many programs such as service projects, camping, backpacking, or canoeing, earning badges and acquiring and practicing skills. The annual Girl Scout Cookie fundraiser began in 1917.

There are many other programs to participate in, such as Wing Scouts and the Mariner Girl Scout program, that began in the 1930’s designed for older girls to participate in water activities.

Scouts start as early as age seven with the Brownies, and go all the way up into college and above now with Campus Girl Scouts.

There are many famous Girl Scouts, among them Lucille Ball, Elizabeth Dole, and Dakota Fanning.

An American institution, the Girl Scouts have a well-deserved wholesome image and promote that by volunteering and doing charitable work in our communities.

It can all be summed up in their 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!




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