Were Girl Scouts around in 1776? Well, no (but imagine the uniforms they might have worn!), but there IS a long history of Girl Scouts supporting America's troops and showing support for their country. Right from the beginning of the Girl Scout movement in America, girls rolled bandages for soldiers during World War I. During World War II, Girl Scouts knit socks for soldiers, planted victory gardens and even sold war bonds!
This tradition of service to our armed forces continues. Throughout recent wars and current conflicts, Girl Scouts make handmade valentines, write cards, and send care packages (with delicious cookies!) to our servicemen and women. They deliver our troops the uplifting message that Girl Scouts hold them in their thoughts and prayers, especially on this most important day.
Throughout the year, Girl Scouts show their patriotism in many ways -- by participating in flag retirement ceremonies; marching in Veteran's Day parades; participating in Memorial Day ceremonies and placing flags at local cemeteries.
The service projects that are an important part of the Girl Scout experience are patriotic, too. Not only in the immediate benefit to the community: the skills they learn prepare our girls as leaders in the communities we hold dear, in this country we all love.
Enjoy your Independence Day!