Press-Register Correspondent Christie Lovvorn has written an article about inspiring Girl Scout Sara Wilder. You can read the full article at www.al.com.
Here are excerpts from the article:
Sarah Wilder credited the Girl Scouts of America with teaching her many of the life skills that have helped her succeed.
"I learned more in scouting than I learned in college," said Wilder who joined the organization at age 10, just 14 years after it was founded by Juliette Gordon Low. "We were living in Jasper, Ala., and they didn't have a troop there, so on Saturday my father would drive me into Birmingham to join the troop there."
They taught you how to do so many things, practical things," said Wilder. "I think one thing that has stuck with me from the Girl Scouts is that if you promise to do something, you do it. You never let a friend down. It was about character-building and I've tried to live up to it."
Wilder earned her 32 merit badges in activities from folk dancing and housekeeping to first aid and rifle shooting.
In 1931, she received the Girl Scouts' highest award, the golden eaglet, now called the gold award, an equivalent to the Boy Scouts' eagle award.
"It's remarkable to think that when the Girl Scouts first began, women were still unable to vote," said Elyzabeth Gregory Wilder. "Regardless, the Girl Scouts gave young women the skills they needed to go out and succeed in the world. My grandmother was able to go to college, earn a master's degree and work for most of her life in a male-dominated field. It's inspiring."