Girl Scouts build leaders
After Lauren Brisky was inducted into the YWCA of Middle Tennessee Academy of Women of Achievement, she was asked, “What advice would you offer a young woman today?”
Her response: “Be a Girl Scout!”
Brisky noted that every female astronaut, 14 of the 20 women in the U.S. Senate, 81 of the 435 members of the women in the House of Representatives, five female governors and 53 percent of all the women business owners in 2013 are former Girl Scouts.
“The objectives for Girl Scouts have not changed since the organization’s beginning more than 100 years ago,” said Brisky, chair of Simmons College Board of Directors in Boston.
“Girls who participate in the Girl Scout Cookie Program learn firsthand what it’s like to own a business. Girl Scouts also learn public speaking skills, business skills, and how to build their self-confidence, citizenship and more through the various programs offered, including outdoor adventures, and college tours.” Scouting also introduces girls to science, technology, engineering, and math.
Girl Scouts and faith
Although Girl Scouts of the USA is a secular organization, it still encourages girls to take spiritual journeys through their faith communities.
Girls of all grade levels may annually earn “My Promise, My Faith” pins by tying the tenets of their faith to the Girl Scout Law.
Steps to earn the pin
Choose one line from the Girl Scout Law and find a story, song or poem from your faith with the same ideas.
Ask a woman how she uses that line of the law in her life
Gather three inspirational quotes by women that fit with that line. Put them where you can see them every day.
Make a drawing, painting, or a poster to remind you of what you’ve learned. You could also make up a story or a skit.
In 2011, the first year in which the pin was offered, a total of 36,000 girls earned the pin.
UM Girl Scout may also earn one of four awards awarded in various age groups by St. Louis-based Programs of Religious Activities with Youth (PRAY).
These awards help girls grow stronger in their faith, and they provide opportunities for them to learn about the UMC.
PRAY awards are offered for four age groups: Grades 1-3- “God and Me”; Grades 4-5- “God and Family”; Grades 6-8- “God and Church,” and Grades 9-12- “God and Life.”
For information, visit www.praypub.org.