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Girl Scouts: A Legacy of Entrepreneurship and Craft

Sep 5, 2013

by Lisa Butterworth

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If you were ever a Girl Scout, your memories of troop activities are probably inextricably linked to the clink of tent poles, the smell of campfires and the sticky-sweet goodness of s’mores. That’s because camping has been an imperative of this American institution since its inception. But Girl Scouts teaches more than tent-pitching and kindling gathering — the organization has forged a rich history of entrepreneurship, community building, and craftiness by empowering one Daisy, Brownie, and Junior at a time.

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Juliette Gordon Low and two Girl Scouts.

Juliette Gordon Low launched the very first Girl Scout troop in 1912 in Savannah, Georgia, with 18 girls. Low’s desire to instill girls with a sense of self-reliance quickly grew into a formidable organization — by 1920, there were nearly 70,000 Girl Scouts, and last year membership topped 3.2 million. The very first Girl Scout handbook was entitled, How Girls Can Help Their Country, which seems quaint and antiquated now, but perhaps a more appropriate title would’ve been How Girls Can Help Themselves. Because though service was (and still is) a huge part of the Girl Scout ethos, learning how to track animals and identify plants actually taught girls to value themselves in an era when few other people did.

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The official handbook of the Girl Scouts, ca. 1925.

This value has been a through line of the organization, and cookies have been one way they’ve achieved it. The first-ever record of a Girl Scout cookie sale took place as a service project by the Mistletoe Troop of Muskogee, Oklahoma, in 1917. In 1922, a sugar cookie recipe was printed in the Girl Scouts’ The American Girl magazine — troop members baked at home, then sold their goods door to door for 25 to 35 cents a dozen. During the 2011–2012 selling season, Girl Scouts moved $786 million in cookies. But the cookie sales don’t just satisfy the sweet tooths of Tagalong-lovers everywhere — they also teach girls entrepreneurial skills they wouldn’t get elsewhere. The Girl Scout Research Institute (it might be a little biased, but still) found that 85 percent of the year’s cookie sellers learned money management skills and 80 percent learned goal setting by estimating sales numbers and creating action plans for achieving them.

Of course, learning about business through selling cookies is cool, but for a lot of girls, scouting is where a love of craft begins. The Girl Scouts’ history of craft is even more deeply rooted than its sweets-selling fundraisers; it’s been part of the organization from day one. “Every human being has the desire to make things. Man’s joy in creative work has continued through the centuries,” reads the 1953 Girl Scout Handbook.

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Detail of merit patches sewn to the sleeve of a 1940s Girl Scout uniform.

This was a sentiment endorsed by Low herself (a painter, sculptor, ceramicist, and metalworker). How Girls Can Help Their Country included information about woodcraft and needlework right alongside tidbits about telling time via the stars. These days, crafting is a big part of how scouts earn badges, and my own Girl Scout experience is filled with memories of rubber cement, snipping scissors, and the buzz of creativity.

The sense of community building and confidence Girl Scouts gave me affects my adult life probably more than I even realize. And research seems to prove it. The Girl Scouts Alumnae Impact Study shows that women who were girl scouts “display positive life outcomes to a greater degree than women who were not in Girl Scouts. These outcomes are regarding sense of self, community service, civic engagement, education, and income.” That’s worth a lifetime of Thin Mints.

Were you a Girl Scout?

Scouting for Girls Official Handbook of the Girl Scouts 1925
Scouting for Girls Official Handbook of the Girl Scouts 1925
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vtg 40s Girl Scouts dress with loads of patches and insignia, size xs-s
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Vintage Sterling Silver Girl Scouts Ring
Vintage Sterling Silver Girl Scouts Ring
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Girl Scouting is My Bag Vintage Shirt
Girl Scouting is My Bag Vintage Shirt
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Set of 10  /////  1962 Vintage US Air Mail Stamps Ready to Use
Set of 10 ///// 1962 Vintage US Air Mail Stamps Ready to Use
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Vintage 1960s Girl Scout Sash with Patches Pins Badges and Loose Patches Not Sewn On
Vintage 1960s Girl Scout Sash with Patches Pins Badges and Loose Patches Not Sewn On
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Red/Yellow/Blue Stripe Vintage Brownie Scout Hankie~1950s Brownie Catalog Handkerchief with  Beanie Girl; Free Ship/U.S.
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Vintage Girl Scout Junior Badge "Adventurer"circa 1960's
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4 Featured Comments

  • SquidWhaleDesigns

    Elizabeth McTear from HonestAlchemyCo said 3 years ago Featured

    I started in Brownies and ended after college, when I'd worked most summers at my GS camp as an art director. I learned to horseback ride, canoe, and climb ropes at camp. I also learned how to build fires, cook a delicious meal over said fire and pitch a tent. I met amazing friends (some of whom I still know and love), learned a lot of camp songs, hiked about a million miles, and ceased being afraid of bugs, ever. My favorite was sleeping in the platform tents, all sides rolled up, with the sounds of crickets and bumps in the night to lull me to sleep.

  • stonebridgeworks

    stonebridgeworks from stonebridgeworks said 3 years ago Featured

    Absolutely a Girl Scout--First Class--and a leader for my daughter's troop as well. Girl Scouts gave me so many things that I couldn't have gained elsewhere--skills and time in the outdoors, inclusive mentorship, self-reliance, and perseverance, all wrapped up in sisterhood. My first craft project was, of course, a sit-upon, but I also still have a clothes pin doll I made in Brownies. Girl Scouts were ahead of their time--and have kept pace with how girls live today. Kudos to the Girl Scouts!

  • allwrappedupcoffee

    allwrappedupcoffee from allwrappedupcoffee said 3 years ago Featured

    I love the many commenters who are posting about their experiences being a girl scout in the older years. So many people think of scouts as a little girl activity. It doesn't end after Brownies! Although I treasure all of my years of scouting, I value the lessons I learned as a Cadette and Senior the most. At that age, the program really focuses on leadership. At 14, I came up with, planned, and ran an island-wide blanket drive for my Silver Award project. I had to organize volunteers, reach out to media, and cold call business for help. And the award ceremony at GS HQ was one of my first major public speaking experiences. Thank you, Girl Scouts, for giving me the opportunity to push myself into practicing new sills in a safe environment. I will never stop being grateful.

  • andreagaillowe

    Andrea Sebastian said 3 years ago Featured

    Thank you for the wonderful article. As I was reading, it ocurred to me that I had never thought about how Girl Scouting had helped foster my own love of craft. My favorite troop activities were ones where we started with basic components and created something meaningful.

193 comments

  • gardenjewels

    Julie DeGroot from JewelsInTheGarden said 3 years ago

    This is a wonderful post! It brought back many happy memories! Thank you!

  • theowlshop

    Becky from wanderandroar said 3 years ago

    I was a Brownie :)

  • ParisCabinet

    JD Kohler from ParisCabinet said 3 years ago

    Yes, I was a girl scout! I still have my girl scout ring and uniform which I cherish. Girl Scouts taught me so much and I'm so lucky to have been a scout. Great memories!

  • margaridaamaral

    Margarida from AllFullOfLove said 3 years ago

    I was never a girl scout, but i wanted to be... snif snif

  • SuzisPillowStudio

    Suzi from ThePillowStudioShop said 3 years ago

    This was such a great article. I am actually going to the training to become a girl scout leader for my two daughters TONIGHT ... such a funny coincidence. I can't wait to help them work on a "sewing badge." : )

  • ExLibrisJournals

    Meaghan from ExLibrisJournals said 3 years ago

    I miss my girl scout days! I can never resist buying a box of thin mints or samoas from my local girl scouts these days...

  • EdelweissPost

    Patrick from EdelweissPost said 3 years ago

    I LoVe the Girl Scout postage stamp! *I have several of these in my collection. This has inspired me to create a Girl Scout-themed stationery set~

  • awakeandaway

    Awake and Away from AwakeAndAway said 3 years ago

    aww I miss my girl scout days!

  • milkyandcoffee

    Yin Yin Wu from LoveGemStudio said 3 years ago

    It's nice to red this story about craft in early 1900's. I wants to be a girl scout too!

  • TheEnchantedSlipper

    J Breault from TheEnchantedSlipper said 3 years ago

    I have such fond memories of Girl Scouts. I love how much I was exposed to. Canoeing, horseback riding, sewing....I didn't appreciate that at the time. I thought it was grueling and hated going. But now I look back and I am amazed at how much I was able to explore. In fact, I think my love of crafts and the outdoors probably stems right from those memories. Also, my mom was an active part of my girl scout days and it was really the only time I had with her. Thank you for reminding me of wonderful memories.

  • MegansMenagerie

    Megan from MegansMenagerie said 3 years ago

    Girl Scouts are the best. So many wonderful things to do and so many great friendships made.

  • jmyerscho

    Jacqueline Myers-Cho from TheHappyMonsters said 3 years ago

    I remember way back when I was a brownie. Never made it to girl scouts.

  • vintagejane

    Stacey from vintagejane said 3 years ago

    SUch a great tradition!

  • lnlemonlime

    lillianna jubillee said 3 years ago

    I was a GS, it was great fun! I earned a lot of badges and I still have my GS "Cedar Hill Pin". Sometimes, I admire it. I was also a volunteer troop assistant for my sister's Brownie troop. That was wonderful, I got to spend more time with my sister and learn new things, with the younger kids. Gs, was great fun and taught me a lot!

  • GracefullyGirly

    Kimberlee from GracefullyGirly said 3 years ago

    I wasn't in the organization but always wished I had been. I think this year I may introduce it to my daughter to see if she's interested. I would love the chance to be a part of it with her, even just as a parent.

  • auntjanecan

    Jane Priser from JanePriserArts said 3 years ago

    I have wonderful memories of my Brownie and Girl Scout days! I learned all sorts of crafts and other things. Such a fun time!

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage from accentonvintage said 3 years ago

    Great blog! Great organization!

  • mlezcano

    Mary Lezcano from BellaBboutique said 3 years ago

    Love anything that helps empower women, I think it's a great way to show girls how to be self reliant and at a young age.

  • Plastidermy

    Chris Evans from Plastidermy said 3 years ago

    It's a great experience for young girls, the life skills they learn are something that they will surely carry with them into adulthood.

  • PorterFig

    PorterFig from PorterFig said 3 years ago

    Brings back memories... fun time :)

  • richdon1

    Rich and Dona from TheCottageMouse said 3 years ago

    You go girls and I love your cookies. What a terrific post.

  • SusanFaye

    Susan Faye from SusanFayePetProjects said 3 years ago

    As a Bluebird and Camp Fire Girl back in the 60s (a smaller but similar organization), I loved that in addition to the wonderful world of crafts that I adored, we learned wonderful "brave girl" skills like swimming, starting a fire, and steering a canoe, not to mention the value of service to fellow human beings. I was very sad when it became a unisex organization; I think we've gone overboard on sex discrimination issues... Sometimes it's okay, and actually healthy, for girls to just hang out with girls.

  • mazedasastoat

    mazedasastoat from mazedasastoat said 3 years ago

    I was never a scout of either gender... I'm pretty certain I would have hated it. How I ever managed to become a successful self-employed entrepreneur without having the experience of peddling cookies to strangers, will remain a mystery.

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    Caroline and Brandon Matey from TheMissingTagVintage said 3 years ago

    I wanted to be a brownie, but it never happened. Cute article and finds!

  • AudreyKerchnerPhotog

    Aud Kerchner from AudreyKerchnerstudio said 3 years ago

    I remember my days as a brownie and still remember my girl scout crossing over ceremony. I have a son who is in scouts (cub and now boy scouts) looking at the programs as a parent they are amazing and the best things for the kids. They have friends at different age levels and they stick together in sports and in school. The bonds they have are sibling like, which is great for me because I have an only. The best part is they teach values, about how to be a good person which I think for children today is so important. Go Scouts! Im gonna go dig out my sash!

  • scarvesinfinity

    Le Chelle from ScarvesInfinity said 3 years ago

    I always wanted to be a girl scout but never had the chance to. Thanks for sharing this. Fun items!

  • michele325

    Michele from MichelesAManoDesigns said 3 years ago

    Wow! Great numbers! Wonderful how something that started out so small has grown :) Here's to girl scouts old and new!

  • lmouer

    Lynsey from lmouer said 3 years ago

    How nostalgic! I love this post. I was a girl scout when I was 10 years old. It was what I looked forward to every week. I still have my vest with all of the patches. What great memories! Thank you for sharing!

  • WendysJoy

    Wendy Garrigues Jenkins from WendysJoy said 3 years ago

    I was in Girl Scouts for 11 years. I loved selling cookies! I had my entire neighborhood trained to order from me, and when I would go Trick-Or-Treating each October I would remind every household that I would be back around Super Bowl time to take their orders. (I am sure that they thought I was very strange.) I believe that the entrepreneurial experience I gained in Girl Scouts, along with leadership and creative survival skills training, have contributed to the core of who I am today.

  • WingedWorld

    Vickie Moore from WingedWorld said 3 years ago

    Thanks for bringing back such fun memories! I was a Brownie Girl Scout and remember camping, hiking and making home-made ice cream.

  • anickascottage

    Ann from AnickasCottage said 3 years ago

    When I was a Girl Scout many many moons ago, we also became involved with helping the Community, visiting Nursing Homes, etc. My Granddaughter quit after about six meetings because all they did was string Beads and other simple crafts, she thought that they were going to do something to help the Community as a group, but it was never on the agenda.

  • fiberandfabricglen

    Glen D from FrozenTundraHandcraf said 3 years ago

    I have been a Girl Scout Leader for five years now and besides what it teaches the girls, I find it very rewarding on a personal level. The things that I am learning are amazing and even if my daughter chooses to leave Scouting, I will not. I will continue on as a Leader.

  • rarebeasts

    Brian McNamara from rarebeasts said 3 years ago

    Great gs items, I love the ring.

  • SquidWhaleDesigns

    Elizabeth McTear from HonestAlchemyCo said 3 years ago Featured

    I started in Brownies and ended after college, when I'd worked most summers at my GS camp as an art director. I learned to horseback ride, canoe, and climb ropes at camp. I also learned how to build fires, cook a delicious meal over said fire and pitch a tent. I met amazing friends (some of whom I still know and love), learned a lot of camp songs, hiked about a million miles, and ceased being afraid of bugs, ever. My favorite was sleeping in the platform tents, all sides rolled up, with the sounds of crickets and bumps in the night to lull me to sleep.

  • vinylclockwork

    Scott from vinylclockwork said 3 years ago

    Pretty neat stuff

  • GeorgieGirlLLC

    D George from GeorgieGirlLLC said 3 years ago

    Always wanted to be a girl scout! Such a great way to learn many things!!

  • CafePrimrose

    Amanda Gynther from CafePrimrose said 3 years ago

    I was a scout for about 15 years,. Went to summer camp at scout camp every year from about 6 till I got so old that even their CIT programs were for the younger folks.Was loads of fun and the relationships I made there and the memories are still with me today. I remember one year I was laying in my bed..... And looked at the wall where often people would write their name with a swiss army knife.......... And I saw it! There it was right by my bed....... It was my Aunt's name. Suddenly I knew how my parents had known this was the summer camp for me all the years ago when they first started sending me there for summers. :) It was a very cool thing to learn that I was actually second generation of my family to sleep in that little cabin. I had a great time with polar bear swim and I still have my badges in the attic..... I can't imagine my childhood without scouts. I am so glad I had the opportunity to be part of it. :)

  • PinesVintageClothing

    Pine from GoodOldVintageOnline said 3 years ago

    Fantastic post! I was a Daisy, and a Brownie, and a Girl Scout. I have so many fond memories of the time spent with my troop. I just started collecting vintage Girl Scout pieces. Recently I came upon a belt buckle that I think dates back to the 19-teens and I believe it can be seen on the girls in the first photo at the top of this post!..how cool! Luv the Girl Scouts. Totally want that ring!

  • porcherc

    Connie Porcher from porcherc said 3 years ago

    I often think of my times as a senior Scout in high school. It presented a wealth of experiences that have led me through life. Times for a trip down memory lane!

  • whichgoose

    Emily Suidikas from whichgoose said 3 years ago

    I got all the way up to a Junior -- buy my sister, Amanda (RogueRetro), was a cadet! Our mom (ABetterTime) was the leader! We were such a Girl Scout family :)

  • whichgoose

    Emily Suidikas from whichgoose said 3 years ago

    *Cadette ..

  • debvasbinder

    Deb Vasbinder from BabyCuteBaby said 3 years ago

    You Rock Girl Scouts! Great Memories - and the cookies are great too! Thanks for sharing the post & the great finds.

  • VintageEye

    VintageEye from VintageEye said 3 years ago

    I was a lifer. A proud member from Brownie to Senior Girl Scout! We camped, crafted, traveled, cooked, ate, hiked, swam, marched in parades, did community projects (including painting train stations), sang carols, visited elderly folks, learned to square dance (in NYC, no less!) and, of course, sold cookies! And we learned. We learned about our history, our community, our city, country and planet- but most importantly we learned about ourselves and what we could accomplish if we put our minds and hearts to it. Fabulous experience!

  • HighDesertRose

    Karen from HDRVintage said 3 years ago

    so touched by this post...

  • RagtimeTreasures

    RagtimeTreasures from RagtimeTreasures said 3 years ago

    Thank you for a great article on what wonderful benefits come from being a Girl Scout. What a great organization! Brought back many wonderful memories!

  • isewcute

    June from isewcute said 3 years ago

    Love this...like the camping article you did the other day...this really pulls at my childhood heart strings! Thank you!

  • DantesSpirit

    Wolf from DantesSpirit said 3 years ago

    I was a Girl Scout for several years! I think my mom might still have my sash and badges somewhere. Thanks for bringing back some fun memories!

  • ShopClementine

    Cassie from ShopClementine said 3 years ago

    Thanks for such a heartfelt post about a great organization! I was a girl scout from age 8 through 18. It had a major influence on my self-esteem and life direction. I camped and canoed, travelled extensively, volunteered and, yes, sold cookies. I learned to feel at home in the outdoors. I am lucky to still be able to visit with my former troop's leader every few months, even to this day. Girls Scouts is, at its core, an organization about inclusion.

  • farandtwee

    Vintage Minnow from VintageMinnow said 3 years ago

    being part of a group. humans want to belong

  • SewBelles

    SewBelles from SewBelles said 3 years ago

    I have my lifetime membership to GS and many memories of my days growing up with scouting in New Orleans, then guiding my daughter's troop from Daisys through Seniors in the West Central Florida (formally Suncoast Council in Tampa) Good times. Great life skills - great life friends. Thanks for the article! Best wishes to all.

  • FacetsbyKathryn

    Kathryn Ruffin from FacetsbyKathryn said 3 years ago

    Cadette here. Loved the camping experience!

  • FacetsbyKathryn

    Kathryn Ruffin from FacetsbyKathryn said 3 years ago

    Cadet the here. Loved the camping experience!

  • neutralinfinity

    Stephen Christopher Marina Jade from NeutralInfinitY said 3 years ago

    We have a ton of scout-inspired stuff in stock right now! Check out our store for some awesome vintage scout-y pieces. xx Marina and Stephen

  • superdraven

    superdraven from superdraven said 3 years ago

    It's never too late to join, it's just as much for adults! I've been a proud Girl Guide in Canada for the last 29 years. Great blog, thanks! I had just done a treasury on this theme last week:) https://www.etsy.com/treasury/NTUxNjkzMnwyNzI0ODkxNzM0/its-great-to-be-a-girl-guide?index=0&atr_uid=

  • aressa

    aressa from OriginalBridalHanger said 3 years ago

    Memories! I was a Brownie and then a Girl Scout for a short time....Love this post!

  • KMalinka

    Natalia from KMalinkaVintage said 3 years ago

    Great post!

  • susiekrae

    Susan Kraeszig from LifeEphemera said 3 years ago

    Oh how I loved the Girl Scouts! Here is a link to my blog telling about my experience: http://susankay49.blogspot.com/2012/01/girl-scouts.html

  • truetexasscents

    Beverly Mahanay Short from truetexasscents said 3 years ago

    Will never forget my Girl Scout days...... still have my uniform and scout book. Have my scrapbook, too. Memories to last a lifetime.

  • truetexasscents

    Beverly Mahanay Short from truetexasscents said 3 years ago

    Our Girl Scout troop went above and beyond what most troops do now. Our leaders were had vision. One huge project we took on was to get our school the old bell back that had been in the school yard for so many years, but lost to time. We wanted it back to make it a Victory Bell. Our leaders found it!!! In an antique shop close by. No telling how long it had been there. They purchased it, I'm sure with their own money, built a trailer to haul it. We painted it and then dedicated it to the school on homecoming night. The school still has the bell, it's mounted to rock now for safe keeping. We also started a teen club. Cleaned a part of the old school that had sat vacant for many years, built a stage for a band. The club lasted until the school wanted the building back. Swimming lesson, skating lesson, camp outs, made toys for day cares and church nurseries. Rode in parades as what we might some day be as adults. So much, so very much. I loved every single minute of my Scout days. Every girl should be a scout. I loved it so much a worked a a leader for a Daisy troop when my niece was young.

  • ScoutsHonors

    Amelia Cartwright Brown from ScoutsHonors said 3 years ago

    We Salute you Lisa Butterworth! BUST Magazine is so great. Love, Scouts Honors ----->>

  • GloryGarden

    Sarah said 3 years ago

    I too was a girl scout, as were my two daughters, in addition to my 4 son's wanting to be boy scouts as well. Scouting is a great way to grow and stretch oneself. My memories of camping and horseback riding are some of my favorite childhood memories. I still have my uniforms, patches, awards, hats, ties, belt etc. I will never part with them, they are part of my life's treasures. What a blessing to be able to explore while adding to my independence. I think everyone should give scouting a try.

  • mattyhandmadecrafts

    Matejka Max from NattyMatty said 3 years ago

    Wonderful!

  • Motleycouture

    Motleycouture from Motleycouture said 3 years ago

    Great fun getting those badges! Teaches wonderful community and character building skills.

  • BnHStitcheryLeather

    BethAnn from JollyMollys said 3 years ago

    I was a "pollywog" that's what you are when you'r too young and you'r mom's the leader. Then a brownie,scout, and cadet for one year. I loved camping,singing and the friendships I made along the way. Great story! Thanks for the memories.

  • jamasters

    Jess Masters from RefinedRock said 3 years ago

    "On my honor..." Love this article! Great memories :-)

  • sunshinedaddyrabbit

    Mozelle Wyatt said 3 years ago

    Loved being a GS while my family was in GB and Europe, father in AF. My mother was a leader too. It was a great time for us both. When we came back to States there wasn't a troop where we moved. I cherish those memories, my uniform and merit badge sash; it is full of badges.

  • BarnFly

    BarnFly from BarnFlyVintage said 3 years ago

    <- GS Co-Leader of 18 freshmen Cadets. =)...Great Post! It's so nice to read the above posts! I honestly thought our troop would have disbanded a few years ago (after arts and crafts and before the silver award) but they're going strong and working towards their gold awards. It gives me a happy heart to know that former GSs are now creative business owners and they enjoyed their time with Girl Scouts. It makes those crazy days, with a room full of glue, glitter, paint and 6 year olds, well worth it! (maybe this year I'll actually get to "watch" the town parades) Carry On, Girl Scouts! =)

  • latzoni

    latzoni said 3 years ago

    I was a Brownie and a Junior! I especially appreciate how open the Girl Scouts are to LGBT members (which is a marked contrast from the Boy Scouts, IMO). Back in my day (the late 70s/early 80s), Girl Scouts had to promise to "serve God, my country, and mankind". Anyone know if that's been updated since?

  • SugarPopCrochet

    Rachelle Castiglione from SugarPopCrochet said 3 years ago

    So lovely reading everyone's charming comments on Girl Scouts! Such a nostalgic posts!

  • dropkicktims

    Jessica Stern from EpicToyChest said 3 years ago

    I was a Girl Scout for 9 years. For most of those years, my Mom was our troop leader. She was also director of our Summer Girl Scout Camp for a couple years. She taught me and my friends to love crafting and to not be afraid of getting a little dirty outside camping. Would I be a crafty, part-time business woman, full time engineer without Girl Scouts? Maybe, but only because I have an awesome Mom.

  • theresalevesque

    Theresa Levesque from EverythingCookies said 3 years ago

    The promise is On My honor I will try to serve God, and my country, to help people at all times, and to live by the Girl Scout Law.

  • NaturallyNatalie

    Natalie Hall from NaturallyNatalie said 3 years ago

    I was a scout for 10 years, earned my Gold Award! I hope to one day lead a troop with my own daughter. :)

  • pamalamb

    pamalamb said 3 years ago

    I was only in Girl Scouts for 2 years - one as a Brownie one as a Junior. I so loved my uniforms ;-) - used to fill sketch books up with drawings of the uniforms. This was back in the mid 1960's and I was in the Greater New York Council of Girls Scouts (New York City). I would so love to find the Greater New York patch that we wore on our sashes. I was just about to get my first earned patches when we abruptly moved...and I was not able to re-join a GS troop.

  • Hettle

    Gina from Hettle said 3 years ago

    I was a Brownie- and I remember that feeling of knowing that after school we were going to get together and make crafts- lovely memory. Thanks for posting this and reminding me.

  • cdiaz9817

    Crystal Diaz from StrawberrieSoup said 3 years ago

    I was a Girl Scout for 13 years. My mom started the first Daisy troop in our area in 1985 when I brought a flyer home from school. I continued in scouting until I graduated from high school. I believe setting goals for cookie sales and the actual selling process is what has given me entrepreneurial spirit today! Although, I am not involved in GSUSA anymore, I am involved in Cub Scouting and instead of cookies it's popcorn, but I hope my son gets the same skills and values from Cub Scouts that I found in Girl Scouts. Thanks for this blog article!

  • poeticpaper

    poeticpaper from poeticpaper said 3 years ago

    Great post!!

  • Sugarshoxcrafts

    Sugarshoxcrafts from Sugarshoxcrafts said 3 years ago

    I still wish I was a Girl Scout...I can't say enough about what a wonderful organization it is and all the things that it does to prepare you for the future. I think I'm going to start looking into volunteering with them.

  • 8point8

    8point8 from ThinkEco2 said 3 years ago

    I love your article. I was a Girl Scout. This is awesome!

  • thesocialcellar

    Leah Garand from PilgrimNative said 3 years ago

    <3

  • udflyerby

    Brittany Yantos from meritclothiers said 3 years ago

    my line is completely inspired by scouting- www.meritclothiers.etsy.com Thanks for the relevant article! -Britt

  • ArleenDesign

    ArleenDesign from ArleenDesign said 3 years ago

    Proud to be part of the girl scouts organization! Thanks for the great article!

  • misschristiana

    Christiana Odum from YarnDarlin said 3 years ago

    This article makes me so happy! I was a girl scout and loved it! I also can't help but to buy a ton of cookies from scouts when I see them. :)

  • PattiTrostle

    Patti Trostle from PattiTrostle said 3 years ago

    Great article! I wanted to join but the group was so large in my area they weren't taking anymore girls in.

  • DarburyCottage

    Rosemary Wascher from DarburyCottage said 3 years ago

    Wonderful article. I to wanted to be a girl scout, but at that time we lived way out in the country and had only one car, so there was no way for me to get to the school where the meeting's took place. I cried....But I order the cookie's every year. yum.

  • artlover2013

    Kay from ArtMeetsLove said 3 years ago

    It's informative. Thanks!

  • kindlivingdesigns

    Kristie from kindlivingdesigns said 3 years ago

    Proud Girl Scout Leader here! So lucky to be allowed to have these wonderful girls in my life...and be a part of this organization.

  • babyhatsshop

    BabyHatsandMore from BabyHatsShop said 3 years ago

    Great post !

  • windowviews

    windowviews from windowviews said 3 years ago

    Excellent article and so wonderful for young ladies. (many more young ladies today should take part in the Girl Scouts. I am from and live just outside of Savannah Georgia and this is an awesome Tour also for anyone who has never had the pleasure: Bring your young people and enjoy a day in the Heart of a very Vintage, cultural and historic City. Oh and I love Girl Scout cookies..lol

  • PumpkinTreeLane

    PumpkinTreeLane from PumpkinTreeLane said 3 years ago

    Great article! I'm a proud Girl Scout Mom of Brownie, Junior and soon to be Cadette, the oldest of which just earned her Bronze Award for her Junior Troops Community Service Project. Had the opportunity to go to Savannah, GA last summer for the 100th anniversary with some other local girl scouts. It was wonderful to see where Scouting in the US began.

  • MomsantiquesNthings

    Janine from MomsantiquesNthings said 3 years ago

    Love this article, Girl Scouts has such a fun history. I joined Campfire Girls when I was a child but didn't continue on and I wish I had now, I missed out on a lot of fun activities! Great items listed, love that old photo!

  • SunflowerGlassworks

    Mary Datwyler from SunflowerGlassworks said 3 years ago

    Great post - for me 25 years in scouts from Brownie (because Daisy hadn't been invented yet) through serving in adult council leadership at the state level in Oregon. Visited the Juliette Gordon Lowe home in Savannah as a teenager - what a thrill. Although my uniforms have long since been donated to a GSA collection, I have my pins and merit badges to this day. Scouting was a great experience.

  • slimbeans

    slimbeans from MainStreetHeirloom said 3 years ago

    Thank you so much for this post! What fond memories. I was a Brownie in the early 1970's and eventually "flew up" and got my wings! I still live by the girl scout creed and do "my best"! I still have some of my pins and patches. Thank you.

  • micmo

    micmo from micmo said 3 years ago

    yes I was and still am a Girl Scout after almost 55 years - I still help out with troops and as an extra adult for Older Girl activities like a trip to DC for the sing-a-long on the mall and other outings and camping trips. I can't imagine never being one

  • Shabbyfufu

    Janet Coon from Shabbyfufu said 3 years ago

    Wonderful post. I was a Girl Scout leader for one of my daughters all the way through and to this day (she is now 26) I count it as one of the most rewarding things that I've done in my life

  • stonebridgeworks

    stonebridgeworks from stonebridgeworks said 3 years ago Featured

    Absolutely a Girl Scout--First Class--and a leader for my daughter's troop as well. Girl Scouts gave me so many things that I couldn't have gained elsewhere--skills and time in the outdoors, inclusive mentorship, self-reliance, and perseverance, all wrapped up in sisterhood. My first craft project was, of course, a sit-upon, but I also still have a clothes pin doll I made in Brownies. Girl Scouts were ahead of their time--and have kept pace with how girls live today. Kudos to the Girl Scouts!

  • patspottery

    Pat Parker from PatsPottery said 3 years ago

    I was a girl scout 60 years ago and had many merit patches sewn onto my sash.

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    Nic from ShopVelvetMoonshine said 3 years ago

    I just love this. I was a Girl Scout for 10 years and it had such a huge impact on my life and I know I wouldn't be expressing myself creatively and pursuing my Etsy brand without that experience. Oh and not to mention the cookies..girls love cookies ;)

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    Lauren MacLaughlin from TheBlueStudio said 3 years ago

    yay for girl scouts! i was a girl scout from daisy through senior (18 years old) and my mom was a troop leader - i even earned my gold award. while i didn't feel like the coolest kid in school (around my area is pennsylvania, it was seen as a bit nerdy) i lived for summer camp in august, especially the campfire building, craft making and friendships. thanks for such a sweet blog - it brings back some great memories. :)

  • glitterandstones

    glitterandstones from glitterandstones said 3 years ago

    Awesome feature. Thank you.:)

  • iammieGallery

    iammieGallery from iammieGallery said 3 years ago

    Good old memory. :)

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    Erin Lee O'Leary from HostessCityVintage said 3 years ago

    I live in Savannah and get to see the visiting troops from all over the world wonder at the Low house and Girl Scout headquarters, yet I never realized how quickly the scouts grew! A great program that I'm proud to have been a member of. Great read!

  • Jusadreamin

    Jusadreamin from Jusadreamin said 3 years ago

    I have aiways loved the girls scouts nice post

  • debe981

    Deb E from JustforUnotes said 3 years ago

    Three generations of Girl Scouts in my family! Thanks for your post!

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    Evonne from CuppaStitches said 3 years ago

    Great article! I was a Girl Scout for only a short time, but I am now one of the leaders for my daughter's troop. I think being a Girl Scout is a great experience for all involved and be very rewarding on a personal level. We love doing crafts, especially ones that benefit our community.

  • WillOaksStudio

    WillOaksStudio from WillOaksStudio said 3 years ago

    Great piece and so awesome to see so many former scouts here! Our family was totally into scouting--girls and boys. My mom was our scout leader when I was a junior which was extra wonderful. And I'm still a camper all these years later, still adore being in nature, and still cannot stop "making stuff."

  • WhatGirlsLike

    Tina from RestylingThePast said 3 years ago

    I loved being a Girl Scout and a leader for my daughter's troop! Vintage GS and BS memorabilia is fun to collect too!

  • leeannasjewerybox

    Leeanna from LeeannasJewelryBox said 3 years ago

    Yay, for the Girl Scouts. So many lessons to learn, community and crafting are but a few.

  • SweetBeeHoney

    Myla from SweetBeeHoney said 3 years ago

    I was a girl scout for a couple of years! I remember taking horse back riding lessons with my troop. Such a great time. I am a Brownie leader now. The girls learn crafts, science, leadership, entrepreneurship and so much more! A wonderful organization and I am proud to be a volunteer with them!

  • ballandchain

    Katrina Balling from ballandchain said 3 years ago

    I was a girl scout- only glitter, glue & gossip. Not a great troop I guess.

  • allwrappedupcoffee

    allwrappedupcoffee from allwrappedupcoffee said 3 years ago Featured

    I love the many commenters who are posting about their experiences being a girl scout in the older years. So many people think of scouts as a little girl activity. It doesn't end after Brownies! Although I treasure all of my years of scouting, I value the lessons I learned as a Cadette and Senior the most. At that age, the program really focuses on leadership. At 14, I came up with, planned, and ran an island-wide blanket drive for my Silver Award project. I had to organize volunteers, reach out to media, and cold call business for help. And the award ceremony at GS HQ was one of my first major public speaking experiences. Thank you, Girl Scouts, for giving me the opportunity to push myself into practicing new sills in a safe environment. I will never stop being grateful.

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    Lorena Balea-Raitz from BaleaRaitzART said 3 years ago

    Interesting post :) and great shops

  • AntoinettesWhims

    Antoinette from AntoinettesWhims said 3 years ago

    I loved my girl scouting years in the 60's and 70's. Thanks for bringing back the memories. Later I was a councilor at a camp and a GS leader. All aspects were a rewarding experience.

  • andreazaloudek

    Andrea Zaloudek from AndreasCreativeYear said 3 years ago

    Enjoyed viewing the vintage GS items and the informative reading. I know that next time I see the Girl Scouts out selling cookies I will think of this post!

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    RatedArtsStudio from RatedArtsStudio said 3 years ago

    I grew up with the Girl Scouts. My mom was a leader and I started in her troop for a few years, then moved on to other levels. The whole time unknowingly teaching me to be a responsible citizen, dignified with a sense of self-respect. At the same time showing me the importance of community. I continued my girl scouting by becoming a leader for my daughter and her peer group for a few years. Once she moved on I remained for others. We live in a small town, I get to see these girls growing, graduating, and in some cases starting families of their own. It has been a very rewarding organization to be a part of and I encourage any woman to take on the challenge of teaching girls strength. I loved it. Thank you Lisa for this article!

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    Lisa Stewart from LisaStewartLeather said 3 years ago

    I'm a proud former Girl Scout! A very empowering group for young women.

  • lauraprill

    Laura Prill from lauraprill said 3 years ago

    Also a former Girl Scout... Such a feeling of accomplishment when a badge was earned! Delightful post:)

  • thebadwolf

    E Wright said 3 years ago

    I was a Girl Scout until the senior level, and though I'm away at college I try to keep in touch with my former scout-mates, I know we will all meet again year after year to have a fire and a camp-out under the stars. Thanks for sharing your experience, too, and the unique pictures of items through the years.

  • metalicious

    Stephanie Maslow Blackman from metalicious said 3 years ago

    I loved reading this article, it brought back loads of memories! Fly-ups, camping trips, Jamborees, community service. And reading through the comments it's great to see so many other G.S. friends right here on Etsy. I've got something in my pocket that belongs across my face...

  • athenarayne

    Athena from NatureGoods said 3 years ago

    I was a Girl Scout too! Lots of great experiences with crafts and camping.

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    Wood Iphone Cases from WoodiPhoneCases said 3 years ago

    Nice, I dig the engraving. It looks precise

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    Lowe Jewelry from lowelowejewelry said 3 years ago

    Great :)

  • DesignerPillowShop

    Samantha from DesignerPillowShop said 3 years ago

    Makes me want cookies :) I was never a Girl Scout (I don't do the whole "outdoorsy" thing) but I do think its a wonderful organization for young girls.

  • cubiciti

    Addy Widjaja from cubiciti said 3 years ago

    Great post! Great organization!

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    Vic Dinovici from BusyHanger said 3 years ago

    looks georgeous.thanks for posting

  • cberez

    CB DESIGN'S from CBDesignsPR said 3 years ago

    Nice tradition!!!

  • superdraven

    superdraven from superdraven said 3 years ago

    https://www.etsy.com/teams/15551/girl-scouts Girl Guide & Girl Scout Team

  • buffalonerdproject

    Lisa from buffalonerdproject said 3 years ago

    I am one of the few girls I know who was a Girl Scout up until senior year. Our Senior Scount troop had just four girls!

  • stephaniegrant960

    Stephanie Grant from MomsMaineMadeSoaps said 3 years ago

    Very cool! I was a Girl Scout also and it was interesting to see the historical memorobilia. It is a still a relevant and needed organization today. :)

  • DorothyArt

    Dorothy Collier from DorothyArt said 3 years ago

    How funny! I just started a girl scout painting last night! Along with a matching boy scout!

  • bbenesi

    Betty Benesi from bbenesi said 3 years ago

    I loved Scouting. Went to camp and everything. I recently purchased a vintage copy of the Cadette Girl Scout Handbook on Amazon. It brought back a lot of memories, but wow how things have changed. Some of the deportment for young girls was laughable.

  • softflames

    softflames from SoftFlameArt said 3 years ago

    Yay for Girls Scouts! one of my positive childhood memories. Camp Cuyamaca!

  • twillits

    Toni from UnderTheSycamores said 3 years ago

    Wow! It's so awesome to see all these posts! I was a Scout from Brownies all the way through High School. It certainly was the foundation of who I am today. Alas, my family is all boys. Being a Den Mother was fun, but there was just something about Girl Scouting that was special. Long friendships, Wider Opportunities, Silver and Gold Awards, Camp Sherman....not to mention the camping, camping and more camping. My boys all laugh and say "Mom, do you have a song for everything?" Well, yes, I do thanks to Girl Scouts near and far!

  • jessicamiller200

    Jessica Butters said 3 years ago

    Earned my Gold Award! Great to see such a POSITIVE post regarding Girl Scouts :0) Not only was I a Girl Scout but I worked at a G.S. Summer Resident Camp for many years.

  • pepperandlavendar

    Heather Goodwin from Pepperandlavender said 3 years ago

    I am the proud parent and leader of two amazing Girl Scouts and an alumnus myself! One of my daughters just finished her Silver Award and got to go on an international trip with Girl Scouts to England! She has been a Girl Scout for 9 years and just started in the High School Troop where I will be (just) her parent this year. My other daughter is just beginning her Girl Scout Journey as a Daisy. This organization means so much to me and my daughter(s)! It has helped to shape the woman I am today and the women they will become tomorrow.

  • AiliMcKeen

    Aili said 3 years ago

    I was a girl Girl Scout for two years, then there was no one to lead my troop. When my daughter's leader left, I decided I didn't want that fate for her - I not only took on her troop, but I opened it to all older girls who didn't have a troop anymore. I've been an adult volunteer in Girl Scouting for 19 years now, from leader, manager, recruiter, up to Council trainer. Love working with the young ladies in adventure programs such as wall climbing and archery. Once a Girl Scout, always a Girl Scout.

  • aneyeforanimage

    Sherry from AnEyeForAnImage said 3 years ago

    Wonderful post-brought back memories of all three of my girls in scouts and myself and oldest daughter eventually starting our own troop. Wow good memories and excellent scouting experiences-oh and a lot of photographs too! I agree once scouting is with you it never leaves you...

  • glitterandstones

    glitterandstones from glitterandstones said 3 years ago

    Great post. Beautiful shop:)

  • kathleengomez

    Kathleen Gomez said 3 years ago

    www.girlscoutswhynot.com is a site I found created by a mother who was a leader in her daughter's troop. So sad after finding my grandmother's Girl scout ring when my mother had a stroke. My memories are crushed at what has happened to what was an American tradition.

  • Gen3studioS

    Michelle Hewitt from Gen3studioS said 3 years ago

    I was a Girl Scout from Brownies clear through until I was a Senior. I lived for camping at Meadow Mountain Ranch so I could care for and ride horses for 2 whole weeks! I was also an avid patch-earner and almost had them all. I guess that shows a love of learning as well as collector tendencies from an early age which still carry through until today. To this day I still use the skills I learned from Patrol Leader duties, camping, and, you guess it, cookie sales in my jobs as a manager of 2 stores, owner/operator of my dog grooming business as well as my chainmaille and jewelry-making business. I loved Girl Scouting so much that despite having 3 boys I eventually became a Scout leader with 3 separate troops and I've had the pleasure of seeing those girls now operating their own businesses, becoming mothers, and succeeding in life. Thanks for bringing back such wonderful memories

  • kleponprintables

    Klepon Printables from KleponPrintables said 3 years ago

    Memories are coming back. Thank you for sharing Lisa!

  • lovesyoustationeryco

    Jenn Fisher from LovesYouStationeryCo said 3 years ago

    Just like she says, Girl Scouts has affected my life in so many ways, there is no chance of me counting or naming them. I would not be who I am today or who I will be tomorrow without the Girl Scouts! Alumni Troop 475, Elk River, MN Service Unit

  • emberair

    emberair from EmberandAir said 3 years ago

    I love the feature on the Girl Scouts! Makes me remember the wonderful times I had in girl scouts as a young child and young adult!

  • CrystalsDesignMind

    Crystal from IKANDiiAccessories said 3 years ago

    I was also a Girl Scout! I was a daisy, a brownie, and then a junior. The camping trips were the most fun! I don't ever remember us making s'mores but I remember all of the crafts we used to do. I wish I would have gotten more badges and stayed a little longer but my inner scout will never leave! Great article!

  • andreagaillowe

    Andrea Sebastian said 3 years ago Featured

    Thank you for the wonderful article. As I was reading, it ocurred to me that I had never thought about how Girl Scouting had helped foster my own love of craft. My favorite troop activities were ones where we started with basic components and created something meaningful.

  • FreakyPeas

    FreakyPeas from FreakyPeas said 3 years ago

    I always wanted to be doing what the boy scouts were doing.....but, I was stuck in girl scouts.....

  • dominna

    Katrina Dzerkale from Dominna said 3 years ago

    As a ex-scout, i salute to those memories :)

  • upwardspiralgallery

    Joan Merriman from UpwardSpiralGallery said 3 years ago

    Nice article! I do think that scouting instilled the scene of resilience and can do attitude I still have today! Thanks for the well thought out article and reminder that scouting is much more than simply selling cookies :)

  • opendoorstudio

    Martha Layton Smith from opendoorstudio said 3 years ago

    timing could not be more perfect for this... i began months ago collecting for some fall events... with the scouts, camping and see the usa as a theme. i painted some badges on 5x5 canvas' and hope to continue my little oil painting series, inspired by vintage scout badges!

  • lboatmanwatson

    Lorraine Boatman-Watson from VintageLorr said 3 years ago

    I was a Brownie and a Girl Scout in Elementary School. I believe that's were my love of crafts first started. I then asked my Grandmother Jessie to teach me to crochet. I also begged her to let me sew on her old petal Singer sewing machine but The Machine was too "dangerous" or to important for me to use and maybe "break". My mother taught me how to sew by hand instead and to embroidery. My Aunt Faye taught me to quilt and I've been doing all these crafts ever since my childhood and my first experiences in Girl Scouts. It would be wonderful if ever child had a "Scout" experience. Learning to appreciate nature, other's abilities and traditions, and self worth. Thanks for the great reminder.

  • handloomin

    Manju G from JaipurHandloom said 3 years ago

    Very nice article.

  • deidrawhitakerbendel

    Deidra Whitaker-Bendel from BendelsKnits said 3 years ago

    I never really got to be but now I have a Cadette and à brownie I lead a brownie Daisy troop. So much fun

  • FaithAnnOriginals

    Faith Ann from FaithAnnOriginals said 3 years ago

    Hi. My name is Faith Ann,... and I am a Girl Scout. Growing up in the 60's, doing the Brownie to Junior thing was the norm, but midway between Brownie and Cadette, my mom insisted that I and my 4 younger sisters leave the familiarity of our crowded little house and attend Chalk Hills Girl Scout Camp in northern Wisconsin for 2 weeks every summer. Before then, I never went anywhere without a sister, parent or brother; I never made decisions, never said Boo, never excelled, never sweat, never took a chance. Scouting allowed me to become someone who could light a 2-match fire and cook dinner over it, shoot whitewater rapids in an old aluminum Grumman, sing while single portaging, hike in the Alps & share an attic loft at "Our Chalet" with dozens of girls who spoke as many languages. Dozens. That's how many of us who used to be counselors at that same camp still get together to catch up, share interesting meals, sing with abandon, enjoy our love of nature and each others' company. Friends from 36 to 86, now scientists, mothers, teachers, activists,... arrive from as far away as Egypt, Scandinavia, New Hampshire & Alaska. This summer we got together (sisters included!) for a week of absolute rejuvenation in Door County, WI. Next year the reunion will be in Norway. My name is Faith Ann. I'm 57. And I am still a Girl Scout ♥

  • deneal

    deneal said 3 years ago

    Wow! I am a service unit director for our town and you have hit the nail on the spot and I have shared it with our leaders - so they know they are making a difference in the lives of others. Great post!!!!!! In fact, I may even print the entire thing out and present at our next meeting :)

  • chilsunyou

    sun from OmyPrincess said 3 years ago

    I remember girl scott cookie was so delicious and at that time I ate a lot and gain lots of found. we had a lot of fun rasing through girl scott. I

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    Debbie Graham from VentureUs said 3 years ago

    I just found this article as the rain has started outside. I have opened the window, of course. Girl Scouts was a love! My mom was a leader and took me camping at 3 years of age. I remember the nights in the tent; so cozy and warm with my mom as the rain hit the tent. I became a girl scout, loved summer camps in Iowa and became a camp counselor for two summers. Now, I have to be outside as much as possible listening; watching and smelling the outdoor aroma. I am thankful for every experience I had in GS as it taught me respect for nature; teamwork and manners, my best times in life have been outside and continue to be..............

  • SteffiAnnStudios

    Steffi Ann from SteffiAnnStudio said 3 years ago

    Great post! Brings back fond memories as both a scout and leader. Thanks for sharing

  • Eleven11designs

    Jennifer Gamble from Eleven11designs said 3 years ago

    What a great article thank you so much for posting. I'm a proud Girl Scout Alumna! My journey began in Brownies and continued on through Cadettes where I received my Silver Award. I truly believe my experiences in scouting not only taught me about leadership and teamwork but it also fueled my creativity and love for arts and crafts. I will always cherish those days...

  • UncommonFripperies

    Diane Nelson from UncommonFripperies said 3 years ago

    What memories I have. I am a lifer and have been a Girl Scout over 30 something years. I really wish I still had my green Junior uniform.

  • EllieChase

    Ellie Chase from JolanDesigns said 3 years ago

    Love girl scouts! I was a girl scout for a couple years and now am a volunteer!!!!!

  • pepperk2

    Gretchen G said 3 years ago

    As a Native American girl who was in a troop of all caucasian girls, I felt weird when it was camp time. We made all "Indian" crafts, and sang "Indian" songs (that weren't in any real Aboriginal language) and I had to endure the other girls playing "Indian" (ie. speaking in broken English, patting their mouth with a cupped hand and wearing ridiculous head dresses. I went to "Camp Peco Dah Kwah" once. I told my mom I hated it. When we finally got Brownies on my Reserve, it was pretty awesome. We did actual Native crafts with community members, learned drumming, traditional songs.

  • DebbiesSweetTreasure

    Debbie Caton from DebbiesSweetTreasure said 3 years ago

    I love the Girl Scouts! I was a First Class scout. My mom was a leader, my sister was scout too! I learned many invaluable things, and I will always love crafting and camping because of my experiences. Camp was always so much fun, our troop even went to National Center West in Wyoming for a gathering one year. I still have the tee shirt from that event! My sash and badges and my Girl Scout Handbooks are priceless mementos to me. And yes, I think we do have a song for just about everything! Thanks for the memories, I had many happy experiences!

  • jessicadawnm

    Bargain Bitz from BargainBitz said 3 years ago

    What a great thread. Brought back so many wonderful memories.

  • lauralistar

    Laurali Star from ACharmedKindofLife said 3 years ago

    See! This is exactly why I adore Etsy. There's always like-minded people and inspiring stories. As a former Girl Scout troop leader, I absolutely loved this story. Juliette Gordon Low is my hero and now so is Lisa and her wonderful vintage shop! Great stuff! Thank you :-)

  • Fiume

    Erin O'Rourke from Aruguletta said 3 years ago

    There must have been something wrong with my girl scout troop. I didn't learn any life lessons, and didn't enjoy one minute of the (little) time we spent outdoors. I mainly remember sitting indoors doing pointless crafts like making pincushions in the shape of dogs, or Christmas ornaments.

  • artworkbyhope

    Hope Lane from HopeLaneArt said 3 years ago

    As a kid from Manhattan, nature didn't come my way much until Girl Scouts. They taught me how to fall off a log crossing a stream, make campfire stew (which actually started a lifelong love of cooking) and tie knots. I can still send the rabbit down the hole and around the tree to this day!

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    Jaclyn H. from ReadyMakerDesign said 3 years ago

    Such a great article about instilling perseverance and self confidence at a young age. I was a Girl Scout from Daisy's all the way to Senior Scouts where I received my Gold Award when I was 18. I am so thankful I stuck with it. It really taught me a few things about dedication, hard work, and even success... Especially when Girl Scouts and community service wasn't the "cool" thing to be doing. Thanks for the article!

  • vinythomas

    Viny Thomas from vinythomas said 3 years ago

    touched by this post.Thanks

  • designlab443

    Tracy from designlab443 said 3 years ago

    I'm currently a GS leader for two troops, it keeps me super busy but I remember all the great times I had as a girl scout and I want my girls to also have wonderful memories of their childhood.

  • KarensCreations

    Karen D. from SeaMosaics said 3 years ago

    This was a great article and I was glad to see it! I started as a brownie, and ended as a leader. I loved being a camp counselor for many years. Girl Scouts did foster my love of arts and crafts, and so many things have stayed with me over the years! It was an invaluable experience!

  • FountainheadWoods

    Craig Henry from FountainheadWoods said 3 years ago

    Never a girl scout (until high school) but I was a cub scout, boy scout and explorer and never a day goes by that I don't use or think of something that I learned as a scout. Thank you BP and BSA. CH

  • wildcatdesigns

    Cat from wildcatdesigns said 3 years ago

    I was fortunate when I lived in Antwerp, Belgium as a child to have the chance to become a Girl Scout with one of the Lone Troops Overseas - a lot of happy memories. I have kept all the badges from my old uniform and still have my Handbook too! Always brings a smile to my face :)

  • tinaspapertrail

    Tina from tinaspapertrail said 3 years ago

    I so wish I had been a Girl Scout, but I am glad that my youngest daughter has been one since 3rd grade and now she's a Junior in high school. She has experienced so many wonderful trips and activities and really has come more and more out of her shell over these years. What a wonderful organization!

  • lagomorphette

    Jeni Wittrock said 3 years ago

    I loved being in Girl Scouts! We bridged from Juniors to Cadettes then my troop called it quits. (I was crushed!) Years later, I found a new way to be involved by working as a counselor & Nature Director at GS Camp Singing HIlls, a week-long camp for scouts. I honestly learned as much about myself & about leadership as an adult scout as I did in my youth. Thank you, GS USA, for so many valuable lessons, experiences, & friendships. I love that when I camp with my husband (who was in the Army, mind you), *I* am the better one at building campfires. ;)

  • thegypsygoat

    Jill Opelka from thegypsygoat said 3 years ago

    Thank you so much for these posts. I don't think it is a coincidence that so many Etsy shop owners are fans of Girl Scouts. My Mom was a crafty mother and my GS leader. And now I am the leader of my daughters troop. We make so many cool things with very little resources. Does someone want to join me in making an Etsy Girl Scout leader team and we can see just how many of us there are out there? Jill

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    pamjeanfreau said 3 years ago

    i want to report bridal/wedding hangars is a corrupt company & takes your money & doesnt send u hangar nor communicate with buyer ..... please respond... pam jeanfreau 404 kent ave. metairie, la. 70001

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    Legacy Stringham from LastingLegacys said 3 years ago

    I am a current Girl Scout, working on my Gold Award, and these post reminded me of why I love being a scout, even though it can be hard work to be one. Girl Scouts has been apart of my life since I started as a daisy and now as an Ambassador, I truly understand that Girl Scouts isn't about seeing friends or the cookies, but about leadership and service. Being a scout has taught me to solve problems, laugh even when your sitting in a wet tent, and even how to organize events for over 100 people single handedly, being a Girl Scout taught me independence. Without the things that Girl Scouts has taught me, I don't think I would have my own etsy shop, because I truly rely on the independence and people skills I have gained threw scouts. These post bring up the history and ways of the Girl Scouts, that lots of people don't know. Its is nice to see people promoting what it really means to be a Girl Scout. Thank-you. These were wonderful to read, and brought back some forgotten memories. Reading this, has renewed my love for being a Girl Scout, just when I was ready to quit. Thank-you so much!!!

  • meilumi

    meilumi said 3 years ago

    I'm almost out of high school, and still a Girl Scout, and I can tell you that even though all the camping and community service and cookie sales, one of the things I love to do best in scouts is crafting. My troop has done a LOT of macrame. A LOT. And it is way too much fun. As a scout, I've learned about giving back and being organized and that you can always get someone to buy Thin Mints if you try hard enough. But the best thing I learned from scouting is that even if your macrame isn't quite perfect, it's still beautiful to someone - so even if the things I do don't turn out right, they're still useful and great and original and mine. On my way to getting my Gold Award, and I'm not giving up on my scouting days anytime soon. Thanks, Juliette Gordon Low. You really changed my life.

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    J.J. Maslin from Twopeasinapod123 said 3 years ago

    Yes, I was a girl scout and had THE best time ever......I have very good memories of camping, fishing, friends and the outdoors. Oh yes the "Smores were good too! :)

  • silverboutiquecrafts

    kelly silvers from silverboutiquecrafts said 3 years ago

    What a meaningful article! While I was a girl scout AND later a leader, I never really took the time to think about the impact it had on my life and character. Thank you for bringing that back! Girl Scouts was a huge part of my life for so many years...how could it not impact me? This article is a tremendous testiment to something I had all but forgotten about. Thank you again...kelly

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    Maura Lynn Rhodes from MauraLynnsCollection said 3 years ago

    I grew up in a scouting family. My mom was a girl scout leader AND a cub scout leader! My dad, a boy scout leader and active as a girl scout parent. My fondest childhood memories involve the many hours I spent outdoors learning camp skills with my girl friends. Now, my favorite moments are still spent outdoors with my family. And guess what happens to girl scouts who grow up and only have boys. They become awesome boy scout leaders!

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    Laura Hale from FoundBeautyStudioArt said 3 years ago

    I was kicked out of girl scouts after 2 years as a Brownie. Apparently I spent too much time questioning when we were going to get to the fun stuff and opting out of scout-type activities. I was irate that my friend's brother got a knife in Boy Scouts and all I'd done was weave potholders and singing something about scooping up baby bumblebees. At one point, my scout leader tried to bribe me into hiking up a mountain by promising me m&ms when I got to the top. I informed her that if I pocketed the dues I paid each meeting, I could buy my own m&ms and wouldn't have to hike anywhere. With that attitude coming out of an 8 year old's mouth, I would have kicked me out too!

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    Jessica Parcell from JessiesART77 said 3 years ago

    I was a girl scout all the way through cadets my mom was my troop leader, I loved horse camp each summer with my best friends, the arts and crafts and cooking over the fire in Dutch ovens, campfire stew and foil dinners :)

  • eguiding

    eguiding from eguiding said 3 years ago

    How did I never see this blog post before? :) What a great read - Girl Scouts and Girl Guides worldwide are preparing our girls for the future. Thank you for a great blog post.

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    Katie Chandler from ChandlerStamps said 3 years ago

    I actually have two matted and framed Girl Scout postage stamps in my shop, including the red and white striped one featured in this post! I was a Brownie back in the day, and Girl Scouts still holds a special place in my heart :) And who could resist the cookies, anyways?

  • ByLightOfMoon

    Cyndi from ByLightOfMoon said 3 years ago

    I was able to be a "Brownie" co-leader and then the Only Leader- I did not sign on for that but I was able to keep the Troup going so they could fly up to be a "Girl Scout"! It was very satisfying going to the Library to help learn of our earth elements to show and share with them! We did crafting and field trips that we ALL learned from the experience. Smiles, cyndi

  • wendyannh

    Wendy Hoechstetter from WDesignAndInteriors said 3 years ago

    What a great post, and excellent tribute to an incredible organization. I started in Juniors, and am still a member, although not presently active. But as a life member, I still get my Leader magazine, and am always brought to tears by the amazing things this organization does, and the incredible people it produces. I owe so much to Girl Scouting it would be hard to know where to start - but just about everything I've ever done, and that has ever had meaning in my life, had its roots in Scouting.

  • VintageAndSuch

    VintageAndSuch from VintageAndSuch said 3 years ago

    Girl Scouting and Girl Guiding are wonderful organizations teaching girls of today core values. Hats off to all the great volunteers who take time to be with the girls!

  • artXchic

    Hannah M. from artXchic said 3 years ago

    This is a great article, I love it :)

  • OttavaDesigns

    Ellen from OttavaDesigns said 3 years ago

    Yay Girl Scouts! So fun to read about everyone's memories. So many fun projects.

  • marystakerfitzer

    MaryEllen from JoolsForYou said 3 years ago

    What a tribute to this fantastic organization! I'm so proud to have been a Brownie, Intermediate and Senior Girl Scout, Camp Counselor and all round Girl Scout enthusiast . Go Girl Scouts!

  • mgummow

    Meg from MargaretVera said 3 years ago

    What a fantastic tribute! I'm so proud that Juliette Gordon Lowe is from my home state of Georgia!

  • korenkwan

    Koren Kwan from GarasuWonderland said 2 years ago

    Interesting article, enjoy reading it!

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