By Jennifer Schmiel, senior vice president, Member Services
On March 12, 1912, Juliette “Daisy” Gordon Low assembled 18 girls from Savannah, Georgia for a local Girl Scout meeting. She believed that all girls should have the opportunity to develop physically, mentally and spiritually. Her goal was to bring girls out of isolated home environments and into community service and the open air. Little did she know, or maybe she did, how this one act would change and shape the lives of more than 60 million of girls and women in the United States alone.
I was one of those girls and the lessons I learned through my Girls Scouting experience remain with me today. We took turns planning and leading our meetings. I learned that in order to have a successful meeting, you had to plan in advance, involve those around you and stay on time. When we had activities, like campouts, we worked in small groups to divide the work at the campsite and pack our supplies. Everyone had to do their share for group to have fun. Through the badge program, I learned how to set and achieve goals. And selling Girl Scout cookies taught me that what I did as an individual had an impact on the group, as well as if you don’t ask, the answer is always, “No.” All of these skills have served, and continue to serve, me well throughout every stage of my life.
I am glad to have been a part of the first 100 years of the Girl Scouts, and on October 8 I will attend the first meeting of my daughter’s Girl Scout Daisy Troop. I look forward to watching her grow and learn through her experiences as she participates in the Girl Scout’s next 100 years.
While you may not be able to live vicariously through your daughter’s Girls Scout experience, you don’t have to miss out on the fun. During the State Fair of Texas, The Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas are hosting the Girl Scout 100th Anniversary Experience in the Hall of State. You can even take a bite out of a fried Samoa cookie (one of my favorites—especially frozen with vanilla ice cream). So when you hit the fair this year, plan to walk through and explore the past, present and future of Girl Scouts. You’ll be glad you did!