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  What I Learned as a Girl Scout (Doll Article)

(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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reebeth

93/Female
Stafford, VA
Posted On: April 19, 2007
Ah, girl scouts.... good times, good times.AHHH! Not the cookie suit!Anything but the cookie suit! Sory, bad memory.
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fentonsgirl14

21/Female
Posted On: April 19, 2007
i started out GS as a daisy..and went all the way into my second year of Cadets..i dropped out in the middle of the year. its not that i didnt care about being cool..i mean im a pretty big dork =)..but i didnt like a lot of the girls in my troop. they were rude and catty and lying backstabbers..but i regret not sticking with it..

we went on a lot of fun trips..and i learned responsibilty and tolerance..they were important lessons..even if i despised the girls.
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Nightfoot

21/Female
Clovis, CA
Posted On: April 19, 2007
I've been in GS since I was a Daisy. I'm a Cadet right now, and in May I bridge to Seniors. I love all the girls in my troop - GS is great! We don't camp very much, but we do a day camp every summer. Us older girls are unit leaders, and it's so cool how the little girls look up to you. If you have an awful troop, I'd advise you to just switch to a new one. Don't let awful people ruin your GS experience!
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cornelia_weasl

23/Female
Erwin, TN
Posted On: April 19, 2007
Carmel deLites, AKA, Semoyas. I think that's how you spell it.
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cornelia_weasl

23/Female
Erwin, TN
Posted On: April 19, 2007
Carmel deLites are the best GS cookie. I have one left in a box and I'm trying to save it, but it keeps calling my name. Anywho, I mainly go to GS to see my friend who's a grade above me. I don't get to see her much.
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cornelia_weasl

23/Female
Erwin, TN
Posted On: April 19, 2007
Cool. I'm in GS. Finally I see how this is important. It made it on TDP.
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Tikalora

23/Female
Forest, VA
Posted On: April 19, 2007
just to let you know, there is a spelling error: Cadet should be Cadette, and these days there is even a Senior and an Ambassador rank in the US

also for those who might be concerned: Gold Awards look GREAT on your college application. It is definitely worth doing one, and colleges love to read about them.
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virtugirl333

22/Female
Baltimore, MD
Posted On: April 19, 2007
I was a Browne once, but I wasn't very good @ socel stuff back then. Mattr of fact, I still am! Just not on the Intrnt...
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Smuglyrose

25/Female
Plymouth, MI
Posted On: April 19, 2007
I used to be in girl scouts but I absolutely HATED it!! All the girls in my troup were absolute brats and I couldn't stand being around them I tried out three different troups, but every girl I ever made friends with in girl scouts turned out to be a total brat or a backstabber...I don't believe all girl scouts are evil, though. I know a family friend who's a girl scout leader and even has a daughter in girl scouts and they're some of the nicest people I've ever met. I guess it just depends on the girls in the troup...
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Alphess_gurli

23/Female
Canada
Posted On: April 19, 2007
I Did Girl Guides And Pathfinders (Canada),

Those six Years Were Great!I met new people And Had alot of fun!
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RKD

19/Female
United Kingdom
Posted On: April 19, 2007
I went to Rainbows and Brownies
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SILLYx_LoveSon

19/Female
United Kingdom
Posted On: April 19, 2007
I was in heart_rose's troop. I loved juniors but we never did anything and I missed half of the meetings and our leader flat out sucked. I really liked Girl Scouts and I still sort of regret leaving, but I could not stand our Junior's leader. We were even supposed to sleep out in the field at a baseball stadium which happened and only our troop leader and daughter went because-they forgot to call. I remember I got a call the next day asking where I had been. I didn't even know there was going to be one. I miss Brownies though.

Anyway great article.

~Lily
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heart_rose

19/Female
United Kingdom
Posted On: April 19, 2007
I was a girl scout and I probably had the best Brownie leader there was...but then when I moved up to Juniors I had the worst leader. She never did anything and I quit in the first year. Great article.
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its_skiz_not_s

19/Female
Germany
Posted On: April 19, 2007
i droped out because.... well i hated it! and i have no regrets!
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DizzyDolls

28/Female
Pembroke Pines, FL
Posted On: April 19, 2007
I did girl scouts as well. ^_^ It really is a great experience for any girl. Especially the camping... The camping was always an experience.
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