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What Girl Scouts Did for Me

When I was a little girl, I was short, skinny and had a pronounced overbite. I was an extremely shy child. My family lived on a farm and we had no close neighbors. My mother worked nights as an emergency room nurse. I would see her in the morning when I got ready for school and on weekends. There were not a lot of activities or social events for me growing up. Money was always a concern for my family. I was the youngest of four children and my wardrobe consisted of hand me downs and shoes that were a half size too big. This did not add to my ability to be confident and outgoing. It also limited the extra curricular activities that my family could afford.  

There were not many affordable group activities available to me, except Girl Scouts. Unlike all of the other activities Girl Scouts only cost my parents $12 for the entire year. And what did that $12 buy their daughter? Let’s start a list:

  • Canoeing
  • Camping
  • Hiking
  • White Water Rafting
  • Snow Skiing
  • Travel
  • Adventure
  • Leadership Training
  • Goal Setting
  • Friendships
  • Public Speaking
  • Self Confidence  

Girl Scouts showed me that I had infinite potential. Every new adventure, every new challenge added something to me. I can honestly say that I would not have the confidence or be the person that I am today if it were not for my experiences as a Girl Scout. Another wonderful gift Girl Scouts gave me is the friendships I made. I received my Girl Scout Gold Award in 1993. It is now 2012 and I am still in contact with some of the girls in my troop.  

Now it is my turn. I am a Girl Scout Leader. Both of my daughters are Girl Scouts. I am now paying it forward. Girl Scouts is an opportunity. No troop leader begins by saying, “I am going to change these girls’ lives.” We do not do this because we know we are not the ones changing our girls. All we do is provide our girls with the opportunity. That is the wonderful thing about Girl Scouts. It is the girls who make the decision, make the changes, make the difference. We have no idea what we are capable of doing until we are given the chance. That is what Girl Scouts does for our daughters. It gives them that chance.  

Amanda Reed
Girl Scout Leader
Troop 10817
Oxford, MS

Posted by News GSHS at 11:43 AM


2/24/2012 at 09:14 PM by Kay Smith

I love girl scouts. I was a GirlScout for 15 years. My Mom was my leader for 14 of those years. It taught me how to do things that you would never think of if you weren't a GS. My husband was supprised when we went camping on the spare of the moment one time and I liked it. I was one of the first people to camp at Camp Hazelwood, At the time the only thing there was the Mess Hall. And the first to camp in the Reelfoot Lake State Park. We had to cut down a tree to put up our big tent. I had some great times in Scouts. My parents were very involved in Scouting. So I have a very special place in my heart of Girl Scouts. It gives girls the chance to do what you don't know that you can,

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