By HANNAH JONES
Today is Girl Scout Day celebrating 107 years since the founding on March 12, 1912. On that day Juliette “Daisy” Gordon Low started the first Girl Scout Troop, comprising of 18 girls, in Savannah, Georgia. Since then, Girl Scouts has grown into a National organization with 2.5 million Girl Scouts in 100 local councils and across the world in the USA Girl Scouts Overseas program in 92 countries. Girl Scouts is also apart of the World Association of Girl Guide and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) which is a worldwide family of 10 million girls in 146 counties. In America today, 50 million women have enjoyed Girl Scouting including famous women such as Hillary Clinton, Mariah Carey, Dakota Fanning, Carrie Fisher, Martha Stewart, Taylor Swift, Venus Williams and many more. All these women and more started their young lives with the love and knowledge that Girl Scouting brings to all of the girls who join.
Girl Scouts is not just about selling cookies. Not even a little bit. According to gsnorcal.org, it states that Girl Scouts will prepare girls, “for a lifetime of leadership, success, and adventure in a safe, no-limits place designed for and by girls!” This is definitely true. I have had the privilege of being a Girl Scout for the past 11 years and it has truly been an amazing journey. I started out as a Daisy scout and I have made my way all the way to an Ambassador and I love it. I have done so much community service that has opened my eyes to problems in my community that I had no idea were happening. I have learned so much about the world around me and so much about myself. Through Girl Scout camp I learned that I love the outdoors and all of the activities that come along with it. Through community service I have learned that I am capable of helping the people around me and even if it seem small to me it can make a huge help in someone else’s life. With my troop I have traveled all around California staying at hostels and meeting people from all around the world that I would have never met if I wasn’t in Girl Scouts. By being in Girl Scouts, I have opened so many doors and had so many opportunities that just would not have been possible without Girl Scouts and I am truly grateful that my parents let me be apart of this program.
If you are an older girl who thinks that Girl Scouts is just for little girls, change your thinking. Girl Scouts as an older girl can be so much fun because you can go to camps during the summer, go on trips across the country and around the world, and learn so much about yourself that will help you grow into the adult you want to be. If you know a younger girl that would love Girl Scouts, encourage her to join. Girl Scouts teaches girls how to be courageous and how to stand up for themselves. If you are an adult but want to get involved, you can. You have skills that can help the next generation of Girl Scouts become just as amazing as all of the famous Girl Scouts stated above. Whoever you are I encourage you to take time today and seriously consider what Girl Scouts can do for you and get involved today. Happy Girl Scout Day!
To learn more and join visit https://www.gsnorcal.org/ today.