LGG Staffer Kara S. gave this speech on Girl Scouts as part of an oratorical contest.

By Kara S.

On my honor, I will try to serve God and my country, to help people at all times, and to live by the Girl Scout Law.

The Girl Scout Promise is something that I live by. And why do I do it? I do it because I am passionate about it and everything that has to do with Girl Scouts. Girl Scouts helps me positively impact my community each day.

Since Girl Scouts was founded 102 years ago, it has been building girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. Part of this has been accomplished by community service, and consequently, has helped the world. The Girl Scout Promise and Law outline specific things every girl should know, and all of the concepts positively impact the community. There are also many famous women in America who are Girl Scout alumnae, and they greatly inspire today’s girls.

Courage, confidence, and character are the three aspects of the Girl Scout Mission. Girl Scouts fulfills its mission by being girl-led. Public speaking, hosting events, and team-building activities are some of the ways almost girls worldwide are gaining courage, confidence, and character. Therefore, girls with the alacrity, they gained are more likely to follow through with community service projects and make the world a better place.

Community service is a huge aspect of the Girl Scout movement. Most of the awards that can be earned by a Girl Scout require community service. Some examples of community service include volunteering at senior citizen centers, planting trees and flowers, and doing park and lake cleanups. These examples go to prove that impacting the world through community service can be exciting and easy.

The Girl Scout Bronze, Silver, and Gold Awards are the three highest awards a girl can earn in her Girl Scouting career. Each award requires a certain amount of community service hours. These awards are desired by a plethora of girls, but are only achieved by those who put their minds to it. For my Girl Scout Bronze Award, my troop and I designed and made stuffed animals and pillows for the children at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. I am currently working on my Girl Scout Silver Award. I am recording books to donate to a women and children shelter. One of my friends earned her Girl Scout Gold Award by hosting a music workshop so she could earn money to build an outdoor pavilion at her high school for the marching band. This goes to show what kind impact you have to make on the world in order to earn the three highest awards in Girl Scouting.

The Girl Scout Promise and Law are what every Girl Scout lives by. Both enforce moral qualities and specifically mention impacting the community we live in for the better. In addition to what the Girl Scout Promise says, the Girl Scout Law states every girl should do her best to “make the world a better place.” This is the most important line in the Girl Scout Law because of the emphasis on helping the world and community of people. Making the world a better place can be done in so many different ways, and it does not have to be boring. Girl Scouts is obviously all about impacting the community and the people in it.

There are many famous women who are Girl Scout alumnae and let their past Girl Scouting years shine through so that the next generation of Girl Scouts can look up to them and follow in their footsteps. Some of the familiar names that were once Girl Scouts include First Lady Laura Bush, TV personality Katie Couric, and US Senator and former First Lady Hilary Clinton. All First Ladies, including Laura Bush and Hilary Clinton, select a specific cause to promote. Hilary Clinton worked with her husband, President Bill Clinton, to reform the healthcare system in the United States, and Laura Bush supported women’s rights groups and encouraged childhood literacy. Katie Couric visits multiple U.S. cities to spotlight different organizations and also hosts canned food and clothing drives. These women are major role models in this country, all because of their background and memories of Girl Scouts.

Natalie Merchant, a musician, is also a Girl Scout alumna. She once said, “I think the most enduring lesson I was taught through my experiences of being a Girl Scout was that I was a member of a larger community. I out-grew my uniforms and badges years ago, but the memories of visiting nursing homes or organizing Earth Day tree plantings will stay with me always.” I completely agree with her.

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