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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

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,
and to
respect myself and others,
respect authority,
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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