My experiences through community service, camping, destinations and leadership training have served me well. I am proud of my First Class Award, the highest award in Girl Scouts which is now called the Gold Award, and all the lifelong friends I have made. It was a bumpy start when I joined Girl Scouts. There were eight of us at my school and no one would step forward as our leader. Finally, each parent took one month, and we had a fabulous year and the most diversified program. I think that is what helped to bond us since we stayed in Girl Scouts all the way through high school.
Girl Scouting, and my leaders, reinforced the values that my parents were trying to instill in me. I learned how to make decisions, not what decisions to make, and life skills that have served me well at home and in my career. My husband learned early on that to suggest I couldn’t do something becomes an opportunity to prove to him I can – every time!
And this next year is a time to celebrate all that Girl Scouting is during our 100th anniversary! In fact, Girl Scouts has declared 2012 the Year of the Girl: a celebration of girls, recognition of their leadership potential, and a commitment to creating a coalition of like-minded organizations and individuals in support of balanced leadership in the workplace and in communities across the country. Girl Scouts will be using this important moment in its history to launch a major initiative to increase the leadership opportunities for girls and young women. The initiative, which also includes the largest advocacy campaign dedicated to girls’ issues in the nation’s history, will be formally announced later in January and will extend well beyond the Year of the Girl in 2012.
During the Year of the Girl, Girl Scouts of Colorado, along with Girl Scout councils nationwide, will be mixing celebrations of the organization’s 100 years as the premier leadership experience for girls with efforts to create a sense of urgency around girls’ issues. We will also be introducing ways everyone, no matter the time you have to give, can get involved in to show your support.
The 100th anniversary is truly a time to recognize the millions of girls and women who have positively impacted our communities, taken on leadership and continue to change our world. I know I will be personally contacting my sister Girl Scouts from my troop in Ft. Worth, Tex. as it’s a time for a reunion, a sing-a-long and a commitment to the next 100 years! I also invite you to learn more about Girl Scouts of Colorado’s 100th anniversary Year of the Girl plans on our website, and make plans now to join in on this exciting year of fun! Additionally you should join Girl Scouts of the USA’s Year of the Girl website and sign up for email alerts. Another great place to stay updated on the latest news related to Girl Scouts’ and Girl Scouts of Colorado’s 100th anniversary plans is our social media channels, including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Girl Scouts of the USA’s Alumnae Association social networking site.
I look forward to celebrating Girl Scouts’ Year of the Girl with you!