One of the most important lessons I learned as a young Girl Scout was how to set a table correctly and how to make an apple pie. I'm just kidding, although those things did turn out to be more important than I originally thought. The most important lesson I learned as a Girl Scout was how to become friends with just about anyone.
When you're a young Girl Scout, you often do this wild activity in the woods called camping. Sure, you might be in a platform tent or even in a cabin, but until you've had to hike to the latrines in the middle of a cold night, you never really know who you're friends really are.
Sure, you might think you're in good with the popular crowd, but there is a serious lesson to be learned from the friend who may not be as cute as they are, but is willing to climb out of a warm sleeping bag and stumble through the cold just to hold a flashlight and be on the lookout for monsters, counselors, or snakes while you use the restroom in the woods. This sort of activity also makes you realize what kind of friend you really are, by the way.
Girl Scouts exist all over the country, and all over the world Ė although they may go by different names in other countries. This is one of the earliest sisterhoods you can join. No boys are allowed, and girls just seem to get each other. If nothing else, it can be a single connection between you and a pen pal somewhere and help you find other neat things to talk about someday.
How it Looks
A lot of older girls are concerned about how being a member of the Girl Scouts looks to others. I can personally tell you that I dropped out because I thought it wasn't as cool as I was back in junior high.
I can also tell you that I was never as cool as I thought I was in junior high, but I digress. I sincerely wish I had stuck it out, however. When I quit I left a lot of good friends behind, but I also left a huge opportunity behind.
Sure camping and apple pies don't sound that great to everyone, but showing dedication and community service the way Girl Scouts are required to looks great to everyone.
I felt good about myself when I was working with my troop to help others and if I had been as smart as my sister, I would have realized that helping others and feeling good about myself was one of the most important things I could have done at that age, or any age.
My sister went on to get her Gold Award which is a huge deal. Very few Girl Scouts make it to that level, and she was one of them. She is also looking at quite a few full scholarships to college, and I can't help but think that the two things are related. We know colleges realize just how important helping others and developing solid friendships are, and her long trip through Girl Scouts showed them exactly that. Sometimes the simplest things are the most important after all.