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11 Lessons Learned From Doing Girl Scouts
It wasn’t all about the cookies.
By Jane Grimley in The List on May 2, 2016
Once a Girl Scout, always a Girl Scout – the values, friendships, and added pounds from eating too many cookies, often last a lifetime. If you were a Daisy, Brownie, Junior, or beyond, you can probably relate to the following 11 lessons.
- Creating a campfire isn’t rocket science.-Because of Girl Scouts, you’ve become the go-to campfire constructor, but this can also apply to many other areas, such as changing a tire or fixing a fence. The many years spent as a Girl Scout taught you to embrace rolling up your sleeves and getting your hands dirty.
- You can’t be afraid to put yourself out there.-Being a Girl Scout often requires you to leave your comfort zone, whether that means completing a new task for a badge or asking a stranger to purchase Girl Scout cookies, which leads me to….
- If you don’t ask, you’ll never know.- Though it may require some serious courage, if you want something, you need to ask for it.
- Keep you r eye on the prize.- When reading through the Badge Book, you probably had a few badges that you were working towards. This focus grew your vest from a few patches to being completely covered.
- Hard work pays off.-Badges weren’t given, they were earned. And it often took a lot of time and effort to meet the requirements.
- Don’t take “no” for an answer.- When your mind was set on selling fifty boxes or earning your First Aid badge, it sometimes seemed like an uphill battle, but “no” was never an option.
- All you need is a few close girlfriends.-Thanks to Girl Scouts, your troop becomes a network of supporters and some of your best friends.
- Adventure is out there.-From horseback riding to rock climbing, Girl Scouts encourages you to embrace any adventure.
- You can never be over-dressed or over-educated.- This famous quote certainly applies to Girl Scouts. It’s important to appear polished and professional, but your education, abilities, and creativity are equally as important.
- There’s power in girl power.-Girl Scouts teaches equality, and that you shouldn’t feel any less capable than anyone else when it comes to achieving your goals and dreams.
- Because Girl Scouts was a great experience for you, your child will be a Girl Scout too.-The above lessons and many more, are only a few of the many reasons why I hope your future daughter would want to be a Girl Scout too.