It's time for the fun ... we are pleased and delighted to have so many new troop leaders, parents, and especially girls this fall. That is always a positive for all of us. In the past week or so, I have been in numerous conversations about what Girl Scouts does for girls. The good part of my work is that I often get to see that up close.
I was at an event this weekend and talked to a troop leader about the work her troop is doing for abused children. She has older girls, and each week they do programming for children who have been abused. Teenagers are often a challenge, but she reports that when they see what happens to other children, they are so grateful for what they have and their own parents and family situation. What a great learning experience!
I had another leader talk about her experience with Brownies. At the first few meetings, it sounded like controlled chaos, but she said now you can see the troop taking shape with the girls relating to one another. They are making friends with other girls in their troop they didn't know. What a joy to watch, she reported, as they are learning to make new friends.
The third conversation I had was someone reporting the family had enrolled their daughter in Girl Scouts to "change her attitude." So far, it has actually "changed her attitude." What an interesting experience to use the fun of Girl Scouts to change girls and eventually change the world.
We had a board meeting last week during which the discussion focused around fund development and the belief that our strongest case to make to a potential funder is that we change the world through girls. Given the rest of my weekend, all of that conversation was reinforced. We do change the world by making girls aware of what goes on around them. Girls learn to discover their world, once discovered they connect how they can change and improve their world, from there Girl Scouts take action. The three keys to Girl Scouting are so simple, yet so profound.
We hope your Girl Scout is having fun while learning to change the world.