#becauseofgirlscouts

#becauseofgirlscouts

On twitter there is a hashtag going around that is speaking to my very core, #becauseofgirlscouts. If you know me, you know my love for the Girl Scouts. My blog is even named for a Girl Scout song and I have a tattoo, along with 4 other of my closest Girl Scout friends, that is based on that same song.

With that recent announcement from the Boy Scouts I started thinking of ways I can help promote Girl Scouts and how I can use whatever platform I have to educate people on the organization and what it has done, and is still doing, for me. I am not going to sit here and bash the Boy Scouts and their decision to let girls in, because overall speaking they are a really great organization for BOYS. I will have another post on my feelings about that little announcement once I have my thoughts in order. But for now I will stay in the positive and talk about what I know.

The #becauseofgirlscouts hashtag makes me think of how many truly awesome things I have done in my life and how many awesome things I am still doing. I sat and scrolled through many of the post today and smiled and all the amazing things I read that were being posted from people all over the world. It also brings back a flood of memories and a few moments of, oh yeah, Girl Scouts did teach me that.

Here is the start of my list

#becauseofgirlscouts I can do and teach:

  • pitch a tent
  • camp in the out of doors
  • sail several different type of sail boats
  • Kayak (whitewater, sea, lake, river)
  • Canoe
  • Build a campfire
  • Cook over a campfire (probably better than a stove)
  • Speak to a crowd of people with confidences
  • Interview
  • Conducted myself with grace
  • Plan an event
  • Leave a please cleaner then I found it
  • Always be prepared
  • Mange money
  • Change a tire
  • Change oil in my car
  • Lead #thebesttroop ever
  • Make a darn fine Christmas ornament
  • Make my own butter
  • Shoot a bow and arrow
  • Throw out fun nature facts
  • Count out change without the use of a calculator
  • Work as a team
  • Manage a business
  • Apply for things
  • Take a group of kids for several days away from their home and keep them all alive and happy.
  • Rock climb
  • Explore a cave
  • Remain calm in difficult situation
  • Help a kid not feel homesick

#becauseofgirlscouts I am:

  • A leader
  • A facilitator
  • A crafter
  • A camper
  • A teacher
  • A planner
  • A manager
  • A caregiver

#becuaseofgirlscout I have:

  • Made incredible lifelong friendships
  • Traveled all over the US
  • Taking classes that would not have been offered otherwise
  • Been rewarded many times over
  • Helped maintain a troop of 30+ girls
  • Become a strong, independent, and confident women.
  • helped to be a positive person in young girls lives
  • seen a show on Broadway
  • and many many more things.
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#likeagirlscout

This past weekend I went camping with the lovely girls of troop 628. This is not something new to the troop but we did check out another council’s camp that was not that far from us but that is not really what I want to highlight, although it was a pretty great trip.

We returned on Sunday and most of the girl’s parents were waiting on us and whisked them away as soon as we let them go. One of our leaders that had gone with us but did not drive went to load up her car and discovered she had a flat tire. It is hard to tell you the defeated feeling that comes, after a very long 36 hours with 5th graders at camp, when you discover a flat tire when alls you want to go is go home, shower, and do nothing. Adulting is hard, y’all.

The adults that went were all still hanging around, as well as a few of the girls and after weighing some options. The adults huddled up and decided that we needed to make this a learning opportunity for the girls. Who need’s AAA? Not troop 628, nope. We rolled up our sleeves and got to work. Cause why not teach 6 5th graders how to change a tire? Note: we were in a parking lot with lots of space and lots of room to work with.

To my surprise our girls were really into wanting to learn how to do it #likeagirlscout.

As we got to work on the lesson we had a few very nice people stop and ask us if we wanted help, our girls looked at them and said, we got this, but thanks. Two of the girls parents showed up to get them and the job was not done, they begged to stay and finished and the parents let them (go parents). Over all it took us a lot longer to change that tire then it should have, but now 6 girl know how to change a tire if they ever need to and our leader got home safe. They all pitches in, asked questions, and worked together to get it done. I am so proud of them.

These are the moments that make being a Girl Scout leader worth it. The teachable moments, when you’re tired, everyone is tired, but your band together to get the job done and help improve the lives of girls. I was taught how to change a tire when in Girl Scouts and have had to use that skills on more than one occasion, now I got to have a handt in teaching the next generation an important life skill.

I hope to share more #likeagirlscout post of the next little bit as I try and get back into writing more.

Please enjoy these pictures of some amazing strong girls that I am happy to help lead.

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