Saturday, January 26, 2019

What I Learned and What I Did in Girl Scouts—The Top 10

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By: Emery R.

As a high school senior, this will sadly be my last article for the Lime Green Giraffe. So, I decided to make a list of the top ten things I learned and things I did (as you can probably guess by the title) in Girl Scouts as my final farewell.

10. Your sit-upon will come in loads of handy. I made mine when I was in fifth grade, and I still use it today. Having it has literally saved my butt from the cold, hard metal bleachers at track meets and the fire ant infested ground at cross country races.

9. Selling cookies does a lot for you. Not only does it teach you the value of perseverance and charisma but it also develops your entrepreneurial skills and acts as a real-life application for the basics of economics. As someone who sold more than 500 boxes for 4 years in a row, I feel like I understand supply and demand better than anyone in my class.

8. The pilgrimage to the Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace. My patrol had an amazing time. We went on the Savannah ghost tour, visited Ms. Low’s childhood home and had dinner at Casbah, an awesome Moroccan restaurant. It was a terrific bonding experience for all of us, especially after we almost got kicked out of our hotel for “being too rowdy.” To this day, we still maintain that the person who called management was being unreasonable. ;)

7. The mother-daughter pajama night. Our patrol leaders designed this event as a way to talk to us about puberty. It was kind of awkward in a fun way, since we were watching videos about tampons filmed by our troop’s Girl Scout Cadettes, but looking back on it, I think it was actually very sweet.

6. Cookie decorating! Every year around Christmas, my patrol would have a cookie decoration day, during which we would frost gingerbread cookies with incredibly elaborate (and sometimes cavity-inducing) patterns.

5. How to fundraise. My patrol was fairly creative. We would rent a booth at the open air farmers market that opened in our neighborhood park every Sunday and each of us would bring a craft or a baked good that we’d put a lot of time and effort into making. These were no lumpy pinch pots; these, my friends, were products. And we marketed well. Even the toughest couldn’t resist our earnest voices.

4. Having friendships that go beyond school is really important. These are the people that you can rely upon more than you ever imagined.

3. The Mountain Jubilee. Father-daughter campouts were fantastic for me. My dad and I went every year for about 5 years consecutively and I had a blast each time. We always participated in some of the camp activities but we also incorporated some of our own “arts and crafts,” such as knife-making. Yep. We did that, along with 15 of our closest camping buddies. And then we named them.

2. Girls thrive in girls-only spaces. It is healthy and empowering to have a place and a time when you are free from the rules and expectations imposed upon your gender by patriarchal society. Simple.

1. The definition of feminism. I wouldn’t be myself without knowing this word. Learning it was my first real awakening to any kind of current injustice in the world. I wouldn’t say that I was a totally ignorant third grader but learning that I too was on the short end of something made inequality all the more real to me. That meeting, my leaders didn’t just give me a history lesson; they gave me a cause.

I hope that everyone who reads this will take at least one thing away from what What I Learned and What I Did in Girl Scouts.
Farewell, LGG readers, and good luck.



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