Sometimes it seems I have always ‘bled green’. I’m sure working as a professional Girl Scout on staff for 18 years with the then legacy council, Mile Hi, reinforced those feelings. Girl Scouting was a constant in my life beginning in the second grade, which was the earliest one could become a Girl Scout at the time. Whenever I moved, I signed on with the Girl Scouts, because no matter where I went, as a girl or an adult – Maryland or Massachusetts or New Hampshire or Colorado – I could be assured of new friends and familiar activities. Girl Scouting was a place where I could learn and feel successful at what I did despite a difficult home life. We went camping, dug deep holes in the woods for latrines, lashed together chairs and tables, cooked over wood fires, and traveled on special field trips to New York and other places. As a Girl Scout Senior I went on two Wider Ops (or destinations as they are now known), a special career exploration event in New Jersey and a marine biology project at the University of Virginia. Encampments, long bike trips around Cape Cod, late nights giggling in a tent, canoe trips, serving as a Counselor-in-Training (CIT), sailing and international travel, all these adventures under the auspices of Girl Scouts have enriched my life and given it purpose and joy. I never had daughters, just two sons who I roped into volunteering to help me with Girl Scout activities from time to time. I do have a wee granddaughter, Bella, in my life now, and her mom is already prepared to start a Girl Scout troop when she’s old enough. (With my help of course. :)) And when I start Bella’s Girl Scout Daisy troop, it will be in addition to the girls I currently lead in my Girl Scout Junior troop. Once you are a Girl Scout, you are always a Girl Scout, and I wouldn’t have it any other way!
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