"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."
I was a Girl Scout for twenty-two years; most of those years were as an adult scout. I was a Girl Scout Troop Leader for seventeen years for both of my beloved troops, # 345 and #700.
During those years I did a bit a traveling with the girls, read about those experiences including trips to Canada, the Bahamas and Mexico in In My Head, Of My Heart. My belief was to learn by experience or as
"Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn." ~ Benjamin Franklin
And my belief held true, the values and ideals they learned were for a lifetime. All of "my girls" are successful role models in society. Plus the bond formed between members is strong!
"Make new friends but keep the old, one is silver and the other is gold."
The #345 troop members continue to meet at my house every year for a reunion. The Marines say "once a Marine always a Marine" the same holds true for Girl Scouts, "once a Girl Scout always a Girl Scout."
During my travels I have also met up with Girl Guides, the world wide equivalent of Girl Scouts in both Thailand and Kenya and I witnessed a Girl Guide convention in Hong Kong.
As we celebrate one hundred years of Girl Scouts please give them your support, not only by buying cookies but think of them as an investment in your future.