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(April 18, 2007 by support Send DollMail )
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I was a Girl Scout. I started my illustrious Girl Scout career as a Brownie in the first grade, the moved onto Juniors in middle school. I never made it to Cadet, although my sister made the entire run from Daisy (in her cute blue smock) to Cadet, and even earned her Gold Award (which is the highest Girl Scout honor you can get!)

Girl Scouts don't get a lot of press, and this is probably because few Girl Scouts get lost in the woods on various camping trips the way Boy Scouts tend to do. Even so, I learned a lot as a Girl Scout and actually feel there were a few things I would back and try again. Of course, even if you're not a Girl Scout, you can still check out the Girl Scout dolls here on The Doll Palace.

Apple Pie and Friendship

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.

Universal Friendship

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.

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Frazer, PA
Posted On: September 6, 2011
I am so sorry for all of you who had bad experiences in Girl Scouts! I have been leader of my daughter's troop since 1st grade Brownies, and she is starting her 10th grade year, and is now a Senior Girl Scout, just finished her Silver Award last June, and will be starting her Gold soon. We've lost many troop members along the way, most quit because either they didn't think it was "cool" anymore, or they were already involved in too many other clubs & sports and had to make a choice. I still think of them as "my" girls, and most of them still keep in touch with me. We had problems with clicks and such for a couple of years, but managed to get through that as the girls got more mature. Sometimes you just gotta be patient & hope for the best. If any of you have quit, due to problems with the other girls, or leader, but might want to give it a go again - contact your council! Talk your Aunt, Big Sis, Mom, or even Dad to be your leader! Don't give up.
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Jacksonville, FL
Posted On: June 20, 2007
i wuz one of them low life girlscouts. i wuz a brownie 4 a few weeks but i aint kno none of them gurlz. i really didnt wanna talk to them anywayz cuz they were just plain out annoying to me. i quit cuz i didnt like it and my brohad basketball games and i thought watchin him play wuz wayyyy better than hangin around a bunch of prissy little girls all the time.
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Decatur, TN
Posted On: May 10, 2007
im a girl scout!!!!!!!!!!!! FUN !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Long Grove, IL
Posted On: May 5, 2007
I am a lifetime member of Girl Scouts- started in kindigarten as a Daisy, and I'm now 21 years old! Girl Scouts is a great opportunity to get to know people- no matter what age you are!
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Lake Saint Louis, MO
Posted On: May 2, 2007
im in gs now it is so fun, could i make dolls lyk these?? or do i have to buy the stuff????
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Albuquerque, NM
Posted On: April 27, 2007
I'm still in GS!

^.^ We're setting up a Dr. Suess bridging ceremony for the Brownies. One of them kicked me in the shin last year. BROWNIES ARE EVIL.
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Posted On: April 26, 2007
i didn't enjoy being a girl scout. but i still love the cookies
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Middleville, MI
Posted On: April 22, 2007
I'm a girl scout now, it is soo much fun, but my leaders are off to collage i've been in scouts since i was in first, now im a junior. My bestest friend in the world has been a girlscout longer than me and we're in the same troup since she moved here.
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Cottage Grove, MN
Posted On: April 21, 2007
I was in Girl Scout!!!! I miss being in that.
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New Zealand
Posted On: April 20, 2007
i was a girl scout but over here they are called girl guides and it goes Pippins, Brownies, Guides and then last of all Rangers i was lucky because when i was doing it my mum was a leader i was in the RoRo pack and the leaders were named after owls and she was Brown Owls and i started from Pippins with the little Pop-overs that they wore on i went onto Brownies with the green Uniform top and blue shorts/pants but i never made it to guides because i stopped going and i wonder what it would be like if i still went
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Arvada, CO
Posted On: April 20, 2007
haha, good times, good times.... i only did it for the cookies.
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Posted On: April 20, 2007
I used to be in Girl Scouts, but these girls kept making fun of me and my troop leader didn't even care. These girl's would make me clean up after them and I hated it. I quit in 5th grade. The last time I went to Girl Scout Camp was in 6th grade and my grandpa died while I was away. I've never done anything Girl Scout related since.
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Las Vegas, NV
Posted On: April 20, 2007
I was a Girl Scout right up through high scool. Went from brownie to senior girl scout. I received my solver award. I wouldn't trade the fun I had in GS for anything. Especially selling the cookies and the calendars. I even visited Juliet Lowe's house in GA.
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Castleton, IN
Posted On: April 20, 2007
I got my Gold Award, I am proud of it. Bennie (twin sister) quit in elementry.
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Fort Pierce, FL
Posted On: April 20, 2007
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