Think you know Girl Scouts? Think again!

Disappointed by the way Girl Scouts are often portrayed in the media or viewed by the public, Naomi Allen, a go-getter from Grand Junction, took the lead to set the record straight. She wrote the following letter to the editor of her local newspaper, The Daily Sentinel. The letter was published both online and in the paper’s printed edition.

Portrayal of Girl Scouts in editorial was off base

I wanted to point out misinformation in your editorial about the Eagle Scout award and how it relates to the Girl Scouts. I have been a Girl Scout for more than seven years, and I have learned how to tie knots, shoot arrows, taken a cyber-security class at the Grand Junction Police Department and trained with a former female Spartan athlete at Girl Scouting events.

The one and only time I have sewed anything in Girl Scouts is stuffed bears to send to Syrian refugees. Home economics is an incorrect and outdated comparison to what Girl Scouts are like today and, as an active Girl Scout, I was deeply troubled to learn that this is how Girl Scouts are viewed.

The Girl Scout Gold Award is a prestigious award, though less recognized than the Eagle Scout Award. It is an 80-hour award that must be sustainable and benefit the community. Having your Gold Award can earn scholarships, assist with college applications, and automatically puts you one rank higher in the military.

Eagle Scouts may be astronauts, CEOs and powerful politicians, but female Scouts are in positions of power all over the world. The CEO of IBM is a former Girl Scout. Sally Ride, and the majority of female astronauts were Girl Scouts. Five out of six female governors in the United States are former Girl Scouts. And cookies? I’ve sold thousands of dollars worth of cookies, learned money management skills, and cold calling selling skills. We will use that money to go to Costa Rica with my Girl Scout troop where we will be performing local service projects.

Girl Scouts aren’t just cookie-selling little girls. We are strong leaders, CEOs, astronauts, engineers, and, most importantly, we are the future.

NAOMI ALLEN
Grand Junction

10 thoughts on “Think you know Girl Scouts? Think again!”

  1. Dear Miss Naomi,
    Yes, this is what Girl Scouts is, and more!
    As a proud, Girl Scout myself of 50 years, I love watching young girls grow into today’s leading women. The programing as changed over the years, opening doors of exploration past the stars, under the seas and into cyberspace, which holds side by side with equal opportunities as in Boy Scouts. Thank you for speaking out against views of us, as Girl Scouts, in any other way. We are, and will be the strength of the future. We also need to remember, that leading of the world is not just these outward explorations. Those more domesticated skills I was taught when I was a youth and maybe the sames views of us, should not be pushed aside and under the carpet, either. The cooking, sewing, and other domestic like skills are still as important today as yesturyears. We may do them differently, with less attention and enthusiasm, but necessary. Be proud of those skills too. “Housekeeping” is everyone’s job and part of all these new frontiers of both Girl and Boy Scouts.
    Thank you, again for defending the face of Girl Scouts and heightening the awaresness of the public.
    I started in 1967 in Yorktown Heights, under Taconic Council (now HH). I still believe it is one of the greatest programs available.

  2. I am proud to be a girl scout, and that my two nieces are in college and strong young adults after aging out. I like what our troop did, helped them get life membership, so when they are home from college, they can volunteer for a younger troop or camp. One did finish her Gold award, and is a leader at her college. Girl scouts are strong and responsible girls that know what it means to be a leader and have high goals.

  3. Even 55 years ago when I was in Girl Scouts we didn’t sew anything. We were out in the world accomplishing things to benefit our community!

  4. So proud of you and your accomplishments! I got my Gold in ‘74 and I’ll tell you, Girl Scouts requires so much more out of their Gold recipients now than they did then!
    Touche’ for speaking out and setting the record straight in your letter to the paper. I’m sure you’ve educated a few people to the new and improved Girl Scout programs!
    I hope my grandgirls in our mixed troop get some of the wonderful experiences you’ve had! Keep up the good work!

  5. Really? I have been in GS for 50 years and we sewed many things through the years. BTW, I make my BS sew and make sewing kits a few times between 6-18 years old. Why not? We both have patches, buttons and seams/hems, beside the open world of crafts and service projects, to sew. I even taught my father at ripe age of 58 to sew his own button on …
    I don’t understand why “these domestic skills”are so taboo with today’s youth.

  6. I will get my 70 year pin for membership in Girl Scouting, and stayed in for so long, because I COULD try all sorts of new things. I guess I probably did earn my sewing badge, but still don’t sew very well. The activities that kept me in were outdoor related, horseback riding, backpacking, survival skills etc.’
    I earned my Curved Bar award way back then, and still love to read the storied of girls earning their Gold Award.
    It’s unfortunate that the general public still just thinks of Girl Scouts as COOKIE SELLERS.
    Thank you for spreading the word about ALL the great things that girls can experience, ESPECIALLY when they become Cadettes, Senior and Ambassadors! Keep up the good work!
    I’m still an outdoor trainer for our council!

  7. Well said Naomi! Love that Girl Scouts teaches girls, my daughter included, not to give up or be stereotyped, but to be who they are – strong leaders of the future!

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