As I read the many articles in newspapers, e-mails that I receive from other councils, and publicity we receive, it is clear Girl Scouts are still going and going strong! I've been entertained by the many events and activities girls are doing throughout the country for the 100th anniversary. And I'm excited about our own events and activities.
Just yesterday, I had the pleasure of enjoying the Mobile Museum exhibit of 100 Years of Girl Scouting. What a tremendous display it was! Kudos to our heritage committee for their gift of talents and time to show our girls and the community Girl Scouts through those 100 years. We will have parts of that display and more for an exhibit in Old Alabama Town in Montgomery, and we are working on finding secure locations for the exhibit in the Wiregrass and Auburn/Opelika area.
What transcends all these articles, events, news releases and programs is that Girl Scouts has taught girls to be leaders for 100 years. When you look at who was a Girl Scout, it is clear that leadership with these girls is not new. In fact, leadership comes through when you read the many stories about women and what they did with their Girl Scout experience.
Girls have been taught skill building throughout these 100 years. At first, it might have been about how to build a fire. In fact, it is still about how to build a fire, but some of the badges are about cooking and guess what; some of the badges that were popular to begin with are still popular now. With the changes in girls, there are badges on robotics, computers and a variety of other things that didn't exist when Juliette Gordon Low was alive.
One of the hidden values in being a Girl Scout is having a relationship with another adult who isn't a parent and might not be a relative. I have heard Girl Scout alumnae of all ages talk about how much their troop leader shaped their live. I've heard of troops that continue to meet, and even 30 years later that is an annual meeting they make sure they attend. It is important for you to recognize the impact a troop leader can have on the life of a girl. And as an educator, I realize that often that isn't recognized until years later.
Recently on National Public Radio, they did a piece of the 100th anniversary of the Girl Scouts. One of the values they discussed was the importance of girls getting along with other girls in a troop setting. For anyone that has done a cookie booth, maybe things aren't always even in life, but learning to share, understand what others are good at, and how to cope with frustration is also a valuable life lesson.
We should celebrate! Girl Scouts makes the world a better place, and now we are starting our second century! Thanks for being a Girl Scout!