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What Girl Scouts Means to Me: Cassie Barlow

My family has had an incredible Girl Scout journey over the past twenty years. I wasn’t a Girl Scout growing up—I came to Girl Scouts at the age of 34, and my husband became a Girl Scout at the age of 36 through a very inquisitive little five year old, our daughter. Our Girl Scout experience spanned Ohio, Colorado, Virginia, Arizona, Germany, and England. The Girl Scout organization and experience contributed extensively to the confident, courageous woman my daughter has grown into. As you  ...

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Badges, Activities, & Beyond, Family Experience, Volunteer Experience

In Girl Scouts, “Failures” Become Our Favorite Stories!

Ask a Girl Scout or Girl Scout alum to share her story and you’ll hear tales of friendships built, skills tested (and mastered), outdoor adventures, and more. And almost always, said with a laugh and a touch of nostalgia, they’ll tell a tale of a “fail” that shines brightly in their most cherished memories. Maybe it’s the time they left late for their overnight canoe trip and were still paddling down the river trying to reach their campsite well after dark. Or  ...

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Badges, Activities, & Beyond

Girl Scout Camp Counselors: Allison’s 5 Life Lessons I Learned at Camp!

15 years ago, I took a leap of faith and applied to a summer job as a camp counselor for Girl Scouts. I had been a Girl Scout growing up and knew all the amazing things that being a part of the organization instilled in young girls, but I was in for a surprise at all the benefits I would gain as an adult member! That first summer was the first of five that I would spend working at camp in varying capacities. The lessons I learned are still a part of my everyday life today. I could probably  ...

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Ceremonies, Traditions, & Awards, Girls

You Might Be a Girl Scout If…

Ask a Girl Scout what she loved about her years as a member and you’re likely to get a variety of stories and experiences with some common themes like friendship, fun, and life skills binding us all together. What can we say? When you’re a girl-led organization, the experience is going to be as unique as the girls themselves. And yet for all of the differences we’ve found a few things that if your answer is yes, it’s pretty likely you might be a Girl Scout. What do  ...

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