Celebrating National Girl Scout’s Day: A Former Girl Scout Shares Her Story of Empowerment

On my honor, I will try:

To Serve God,

My country and mankind,

And to live by the Girl Scout Law.

Our very own Robyn Kranz recounts her story about the internationally recognized organization.

That was the Girl Scout oath in the 1970’s when I was a Brownie and then a Junior Girl Scout, and I still haven’t forgotten it. Being a Girl Scout was one of the fondest memories I have growing up in Montana. Our leader was fearless and determined to teach us outdoor skills, like baking a cake with a solar oven, identifying animal tracks and scat, and how to set up a canvas tent (which was almost impossible!) in the rain. But through those skills and fun with my friends, I also learned self-confidence, teamwork, and a love for the outdoors that has stayed with me ever since.”

Founded in our very own state, Juliette “Daisy” Gordon Low started the first Girl Scout troop in Savannah, Georgia over a century ago. Did you know that the Girl Scouts of the USA is the largest organization for girls in the world, with over 3.7 million members? The organization has a proud history of empowering girls and young women to become leaders in their communities and beyond.

Girl Scouts also provides a unique and supportive environment where girls can build lifelong friendships, find role models, and develop important life skills. The organization’s programs encourage girls to be curious, confident, and courageous, and to explore their interests in areas like STEM, the outdoors, and entrepreneurship.

I have since gone on to be a troop leader for a Title One school, bought my share of cookies and then some, and raised an Eagle Scout and became the aunt of a Gold Award winner, my niece, Elizabeth,” Robyn mentions. 

But Girl Scouts is more than just an after-school program or a summer camp. It’s a movement that’s making a real difference in the world. Girl Scouts are committed to serving their communities and making the world a better place through a variety of service projects, from food drives to environmental cleanups.

The Girl Scouts will always hold a special place in my heart. They give girls a skill set that can’t easily be found in sports or clubs at school. The mix of soft skills and confidence through cookie sales, and a fearlessness and appreciation of nature are so unique and timeless.”

So, what can you do to support the Girl Scouts? One way is to buy cookies! Not only do the cookies taste delicious, but the proceeds go towards supporting the organization’s programs and activities. You can also volunteer your time as a troop leader or mentor, or make a donation to support the organization’s mission.

I applaud the Girl Scouts and I hope their values and determination to give girls confidence and self-reliance continue to guide their organization. Happy National Girl Scout Day!

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