The Girl Scouts
February 18, 2013 § 1 Comment
If there is one thing that I would go back in time to do, it would probably be to join a local Girl Scout troop. I have met plenty of friends who were at some point Girl Scouts themselves and always wondered who they were, where they originated from, and what they did. Of course, I would dismiss the idea of joining one because I wasn’t really educated enough about it. It never really occurred to me just how beneficial joining such a group is until I recently stumbled across an article about the origination of the Girl Scouts in celebration of their ‘National Girl Scout Cookie Day’ on February 8th.
The first Girls Scouts troop was founded in 1912 by Juliette Gordon Low. The youth organization strives to instill lifelong values such as honesty, integrity, courage, sisterhood, and confidence with the purpose at empowering girls all over the country. These values are all taught through activities like community service, camping, and learning first aid, just to name a few. By successfully accomplishing these practical skills, girls are then rewarded by earning badges. Their achievements are then honored through special awards.
Today, The Girls Scouts is the largest education organization in the world with troops in more than 92 countries and over 2 million members between the ages of 5 to 17 years. This doesn’t include the 890,000 adult volunteers over 59 million alumnae. Among these alumnae stands women such as Hillary Clinton, Barbara Walters, Condoleezza Rice, and Sandra Day O’Connor. In fact, approximately seventy percent of all women serving in the U.S Senate were once members of the Girl Scouts.
So you ask why would I want to be a part of one of these organizations? Apart from learning the awesome practical skills, selling amazing cookies (Thin Mints are my absolute favorite), and earning badges for my achievements, I would be joining with girls and women all around the world some of who are among the successful leaders of America for the specific purpose of women empowerment. If that’s not promising, then I don’t know what is.
– Jennifer C.