So there is a religious extremist group and a sadly misguided teenage girl currently attacking an organization I was a proud member of for eight years. The Girl Scouts of America. When I originally wrote this piece it was an angry tirade towards the group attacking the GSA. I decided to change my approach and I am just going with the following.
When I was a girl scout I learned about
- Friendships that have lasted a lifetime
- Art and Music
- Leadership – At age 13 I was a camp counselor for 5 and 6 year olds
- Home Economics
- Civics and Government
- First Aid and Safety
- Missouri history and American history
Also to anyone who would attack GSA and to say they are somehow anti-religion, my troop meetings were held in the basement of a Catholic church and I received not one but two optional badges that were religiously based. I still remember that first meeting when at the age of five I became a the youngest type of girl scout, a Pixie Girl Scout, now called Daisy Girl Scouts. I can still vividly recall my bridge to Junior’s ceremony and the many camping and field trips that I proudly attended with my troop. On one camping trip my parents accidentally got me to the lodge late, but when I entered the room I was going to spend the night it, all the girls cheered my name in unison and came to embrace me and get me set up. As a troop we visited the state capital, Lincoln’s home in Illinois, nursing homes, wildlife preserves, national parks, animal shelters, museums, concerts and of course camp. We learned how to build a fire and how to cook on one. We learned how to paddle a canoe, ride a horse and draw a bow and arrow. We learned basic first aid, safety and what to do if we were ever lost or needed to help a friend who was lost. We volunteered and donated and helped spread good will and positive energy in our community. Many of my happiest childhood memories are a result of the Girl Scouts of America and as a good girl scout I will defend that organization with the same vigor and spirit that I had when I was a scout.
The Girl Scouts were founded on March 12, 1912 several decades later I was born on the same date! I even share the same name as our founder Juliette Lowe, I just happen to spell my name differently! 🙂 So I was destined to be a girl scout!
So before they try to attack a group is a wonderful organization for girls let me just reprint this here
The 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.
The Girl Scout Law
I will do my best to be
honest and fair,
friendly and helpful,
considerate and caring,
courageous and strong, and
responsible for what I say and do,
respect myself and others,
use resources wisely,
make the world a better place, and
be a sister to every Girl Scout.
To my young girl scout sisters I pledge to fight back against this ridiculous campaign to tarnish your good name and your wonderful organization. www.girlscouts.org And I fully support the Colorado council for allowing one transgendered seven-year old into a troop. I don’t think any child biologically born a boy but who has lived as a girl and is treated like a girl by her family will be any threat to the other girls in the troop. Solidarity to my sisters who wear the badges and sing the songs. Girl Scouts Forever!
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