Today marks the 100th birthday of Girl Scouts.
Founder Juliette Gordon Low organized the first group of Girl Scouts on March 12, 1912 in Savannah, Georgia. The Girl Scouts of the USA was chartered by the United States Congress in 1950. Since then, through membership in the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts, GSUSA has grown to be part of a worldwide family of 10 million girls and adults in 148 counties.
Those 10 million girls include every girl in my family.
Scouting was very important in our family growing up, Boy Scouts for my brother (before they were blatant in their discrimination against LGBT and Atheists) and Girl Scouts for all 4 girls. We went to meetings every week, we marched in parades, went to camp, sold cookies and made memories.
One of my favorite memories is as a Brownie, sitting in the basement of the church rectory and being told we were going to make butter. My sister Kathy was my assistant leader and I thought they were nuts. I had been to a farm, I knew where butter came from, it did not come from a rectory basement.
They poured the cream into a mason jar and we all took turns shaking it over and over and over again, until sure enough there was BUTTER! It tasted so good, I couldn’t believe it.
Growing up, my daughter went through all of the ranks of Girl Scout and has now progressed to being her daughter’s leader for the Daisy Troop. Caitlyn had her first cookie booth yesterday (slight melt down when people said “no” to her plea to buy cookies), but she loved it nonetheless.
Happy 100th Birthday Girl Scouts, thank you for all the great times, here is looking forward to 100 more.