What does it mean to be a modern day Girl Scout? It means being willing to dedicate your time and energy to helping others and having a good time with people you love. I am currently a senior in high school, and I am still a Girl Scout. However, I joined the Girl Scouts my sophomore year as a way of developing and strengthening these new friendships I had formed. I was the only person from my middle school to attend my high school, so I knew virtually no one. I made friends pretty fast, and while some of them were long-lasting and healthy relationships, I made a lot of friends who only cared about their own well being. All of this changed when I joined the Girl Scouts.
After joining the Girl Scouts, I felt like I had a firm group of friends surrounding and supporting me in whatever I did. I feel as though joining Girl Scouts has allowed me to be who I really am with people who share the same values as I do. However, I have to admit that I was a little wary of joining Girl Scouts at first. I thought that it would be a stereotypical experience—we would sell cookies, earn badges, and go on trips. I was so wrong. The Girl Scout experience is about more than just cookies and badges, it’s about making lasting relationships with new people and about selflessly helping others. My troop does a lot of service activities that I find to be very meaningful and rewarding. These service projects allow us to understand that helping people can not only be rewarding to the people doing it, but it can change people’s’ lives.
My troop is a group of all seniors, so we are normally the oldest girls that go on the trips to the different Girl Scout camps in Alabama. This means that we get to help out the younger girls with the craft activities at camp. This is always a fun experience because we get to meet so many different people from throughout Alabama. It is also a good chance for us to be good examples for the little girls. We always try to be good examples and show the younger girls that it is cool, and fun, to be a Girl Scout.
Girl Scouts is not for everyone, I understand that. However, I believe that girls need to find something that they are passionate about, something that gives them the opportunity to express who they truly are. While this picture of a Girl Scout may be different than what most may think, to me it is even more powerful. It shows just how strong girls can be, something that needs to be emphasized to people all over the world.