I can say, I am very fortunate to have Girl Scouts in my life. I see day in and day out what an impact GS has on everyone’s life. I can’t go anywhere when I have a GS shirt on and have someone stop me to tell me that they were a GS and 8 times out of 10, their mother was their leader. That impact of GS has spun generations now as time has evolved, so has the GS image.
I was at a brand new Daisy Troop meeting full of 8 kindergarten girls who have never experienced GS and when I asked them what they wanted to do in GS, the usual answers came out: go camping, swimming, walk in a parade etc. The girls were so excited to learn that they can do everything they want to do in GS. They were very enthusiastic about selling the Fall Product and telling people what they are raising the money for. I feel sorry for the people that have these little girls knock on their door because I know I couldn’t say “no” to those cute faces.
There was this one little girl who wasn’t quite sure about GS and if she wanted to participate or not. She clung to mom, sat outside of the circle and just observed. About half way through the meeting, this little girl came up to me and whispered “I am not shy anymore, can I come have fun too?” I think I had a bigger grin on my face than she did and when she joined in the group to learn the GS law, she was so proud of her picture that she ran to show her mom what she had done.
I left that meeting feeling revived about what I am doing in my job. I know I am making an impact in a girl’s life but when I get caught up in the day to day workings of my job: phone calls, emails, reports, I tend to forget what I am really here for. It is these encounters with the smiling faces of the girls that remind me what my passion in life really is.