Happy Birthday!

My sisters Erika and Gretchen at a bridging ceremony - 1971

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.

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  1. I love seeing the little girls selling the Girl Scout cookies door to door in my town. There’s something so old-fashioned and “Mayberry” about it. :)

  2. I had no idea all of you were in the Girlscouts. Thanks for filling me in. Do you remember what Girlscouts cookies did to Mark and Jannette’s marriage?

  3. I LOVE the girl scout organization – they truly do AMAZING things for girls. I can’t wait until my daughter is old enough to join the ranks!

  4. I never was a part of girl scouts (my mom refused to let me join..which is weird, I should ask her why)

    but I do love their cookies! I can never resist a GS selling some thin mints!

    Happy Birthday!

  5. I loved being in girl scouts way more than I like being the Mom of one. Too much work!

  6. Desiree Eaglin says:

    I loved being a girl scout. I cannot wait until my daughter is old enough to be one too.

  7. We actually passed a “drive-thru” cookie booth the other day. They had a tent on the edge of the street and you just drove up and got cookies. However there was just a man standing out there, no girls…

  8. I was a Brownie and a Girl Scout and love the organization. Planning on putting my daughter in when she is old enough

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