When Marianne asked if I was available tonight to talk – I asked what does she want me to talk about. The response was a great Girl Scout experience. I anticipate my best memory being next summer when Girl Scouts of Central Texas girls spend 2 weeks with Girl Guides in
Seriously I thought. I could talk to you
for hours. And then, I thought I could
tell you about my Silver Award project – again this could be for hours. And thanks to the Girl Scout toastmasters
club – I really could talk to you for hours. Cyprus
I am going to try and make it not an hour – but instead tell you why being a Girl Scout in Middle and High School is the best time to be a Girl Scout. And I should know – I am a 4th generation Girl Scout/Girl Guide. You could say I bleed green.
My older sister and mom have told me since I was a Daisy that the real fun doesn’t start until middle school. I wasn’t sure I believed them because I was having so much fun as a Daisy, Brownie and Junior. I got to do special events, parades, commercials, camping, service projects, plant trees, build robots, earn badges, learn to cook and go to camp. What else could be better than a week a GS camp?
Traveling! I head about older girl travel opportunities called destinatons. I already traveled with my family a lot and didn’t really think I needed to participate. But, my sister went to
Last year, the 14 Cadettes in my troop decided that we would start with a trip to Houston and a NASA overnight. We did it. As soon as we got in the van to head back to
– we started talking about where did
we want to go next and when. Our troop planned, earned money thru cookie sales
and went to Austin this summer. Now, I had already been there once – but, it
was so much fun going with my GS sisters.
For three of them it was their first time away from parents, 2 their
first time on a plane and 6 of us their first time to Savannah Georgia .
I really think the best part for us was knowing that we earned the money
ourselves to get there. For some of us selling
1000 boxes wasn’t a challenge – however, 5 of our troop worked with their
sisters and for the first time sold Savannah 1000
boxes 3x the amount previous years.
I still did Girl Scout “camp” this summer – it was so cool. An entire week at IBM with Watson! Every day we were challenged and we accepted it. Girl Scouts and STEM go hand and hand as far as I am concerned. I am part of the homeschool STEM club – this semester we are heading to Outer Space (Rockets, Mars and more), I spent the last 2 years on the council lego robotics team – Galaxy Girls, participated in coder girl programs, Microsoft classes and Samsungs STEM challenge the first year.
Iam sure that all of you are familiar with Girl Scout cookies. I LOVE to sell Girl Scout cookies – it is my business and I take it very seriously for 8-9 weeks. I work hard so that I can play hard. When I think back to the PSA I did as a brownie with Lolis “What can a cookie do” – I realize that it does so much more than I ever thought. It allows our troop to cook dinner for first responders and bake treats on 9/11. We can participate in International Peace Day, Veterans Day flag ceremonies, community parades, go camping, go to the zoo, visit national parks, earn badges – lots of badges. And, it gives all 62 of us an opportunity to make new friends.
Because One is Silver and the Others Gold