Welcome to Girl Scouts
One of the bright spots of watching my daughter navigate her way through kindergarten was watching her excitement over joining her local Girl Scout Chapter. She showed interest in the organization during her school open house this past Summer. It didn't take much to convince us to allow her to become part of the organization. We believed in their ideas of respect, community, and friendship. We knew that being part of something that worked to reinforce these ideas in a positive and growing way would only work to benefit her development and self-esteem.
We were placed within the school's Daisy Troop, the youngest level involved in the Girl Scout organization, and it didn't take long for me to join on as the troop co-leader. I wanted the opportunity to experience this time with her. I wanted to be involved and use this time as not only a chance to bond, but also a chance to take advantage of some very teachable moments. I wanted this to be our chance to do something together.
And tonight we became Scouts.
Tonight we both participated in a traditional investiture ceremony. This ceremony is a time for all new Girl Scouts to receive their pins, be welcomed to the world of Girl Scouts, and recite the Girl Scout Promise. As part of the ceremony, each girl recited part of the Girl Scout Law, sang songs, and recited a poem. While I was helping to lead the ceremony, I couldn't help but watch this young girl in front of me.
Here was my daughter pledging herself to be helpful, respectful, courageous, courteous, responsible, and to work toward making the world a better place. She wore her blue vest, smiled, and seemed so proud of this moment and this ceremony. I knew this was a big moment for her and I knew that, if asked, she could easily explain anything someone might want to know about the Girl Scouts.Continued on the next page