|Birdie & Princess at GS day camp|
I was a Girl Scout as a child and I have many happy memories associated with scouting. We did lots of fun things that revolved around community service, learning to be self-sufficient, and exploring new experiences. Scouting promoted an attitude of honor, curiosity, respect, leadership and commitment that I have taken with me into adulthood. I came from a small town, so my troop's demographic was fairly homogenized, but I was exposed to a variety of personalities and I learned to appreciate the value of the differences that makes us who were are individually. Girl Scouts definitely impacted me in a positive way.
Needless to say, I wanted my Princess and Birdie to have the same opportunity, so I signed them up to be Daisy Scouts at the beginning of first grade. I am so glad that I did! Scouting is a safe environment for all girls to learn how to be citizens of the world. Girl Scouting nurtures a positive, accepting environment where all religions, cultures, abilities and disabilities are embraced. GS teaches that these differences among Scouts (and people everywhere) are learning opportunities.
|Princess being inducted into Girl Scouts|
My daughters' troop leaders are phenomenal women. They make sure every girl is recognized as a valuable member of the troop. They take into consideration the little things that might make an otherwise overwhelming activity doable for my Princess. They help my Birdie chose her words wisely when she is being overly emotional or sensitive. They make my girls feel useful, valued, necessary, and successful. They are also instilling in my girls the values of Girl Scouting that I so hoped they would-- tolerance of differences, respect of country and other people, community service, self-sufficiency, self-worth and leadership. They make scouting something my girls look forward to, and that is saying a lot.
|Princess having fun after a GS ceremony|
In honor of Girl Scouts' 100th birthday, Girl Scouts have led the entire school each morning this week in saying the Pledge of Allegiance on our school's morning broadcast. The morning broadcast is televised in each classroom in the school to provide school-wide announcements, weather, and an opportunity to pay respect to the flag. On Tuesday morning, my Princess wanted to help lead the Pledge, so she put on her Scout uniform as requested by her troop leader. Birdie insisted that she didn't want to participate and left her uniform at home. Once we arrived at school, Birdie and Princess headed for the cafeteria to await dismissal to their classroom and I headed to my subbing assignment. When the morning broadcast started, I watched intently to see Princess's tv debute. When the Girl Scouts popped up on the screen to lead the Pledge, I was surprised to see Birdie standing alongside her sister. As they began the Pledge of Allegiance, Birdie whipped her hand up to her forehead in a full military salute (using the wrong hand, of course), which lasted for the duration of the Pledge. All the other scouts held their hands over their hearts-- LIKE NORMAL PEOPLE DO! What the heck is that child doing?! As I made eye contact with the other adults in the room with me, I could tell they were wondering the same thing.
|Birdie looking tired of me taking her picture|