October 24, 2012

Girl Scouting

 photo GirlScoutTrefoil.jpg Yes, I'm a Girl Scout, and very proud of it. I had my Brownie uniform for almost a year before I was old enough to join, and I nearly wore it out, trying it on over and over.

The uniform and all the badges and pins were so much of the appeal for me; I'm a uniform kinda gal. And what was not to love about a brown dress with a bright orange necktie, completed by a brown felt beanie?
It sounds ridiculous to write it out, but I stand my ground on this: that was an awesome uniform.
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And the handbook! I'm a sucker for handbooks, I always think: here will be my guide to life. And pretty much? The Girl Scout Handbooks are guides for life. The Junior and Cadette handbooks have a lot of good information. After all, we learned to camp and cook and make crafty things; we also learned to get along.

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I sold cookies, of course. Selling those cookies was an experience and an education. Worldwide, Girl Scouts sell cookies; so besides the bonding experience of doing what millions of others girls are doing, there was the competition between troops and individual girls within troops.

I never did very well, but I did try.

Below is an order form (the grid is on the other side) for the year I began to sell Girl Scout cookies, about 1969.
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As the sixties morphed to the seventies, Girl Scout cookies got more mod. Way cool boxes.

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I found the following online and it looks fairly accurate. For the record, I have never been a fan of thin mints. I don't understand the appeal. But the others...well, you know. Everybody has their favorite; mine is peanut butter patties.

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The uniform, the handbook, the camping, the cookies...none of that is what I most loved about Girl Scouting. I loved taking the pledge, going to meetings and ceremonies, being part of something bigger and better than I could be alone. I guess people have joined other groups for similar reasons.

I'll never say I "was" a Girl Scout. I am a Girl Scout.

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