The theme for World Thinking Day 2015 is
Teaching girls new skills, how to adjust to life’s adversities and working together with others, comes in all forms of Team Building.
When you think of Girl Scouting you automaticall think of Girls Scout Troops, selling cookies and summer camp.
That is just a small part of how the Girls Scouts and Girl Guides learn.
I had the opporunity to becaome a Girls Scout leader when my daughter wanted to join as a Daisy. I continued with her as a leader until she became a Junior Girl Scout. (I know it was time to let her fly on her own, to learn from others, to find her own way in life.) I remained as an adult Girls Scout supporting them through education, training of future leaders camping skills and CPR, camp nurse, chase team for the Canoe Team and hosting Girl Scout counselors from around the world.
I was fortunate enough to have an amazing group of young ladies stay with me over the years. My children learn about the cultures of Yugoslavia (Bosnia), Hungry, Wales, England, Denmark and Czechoslvakia.
Team building is a strong theme of the Canoe Team, along with safety, good sportsmanship and having fun while learning. The girls practiced locally for the General Clinton Canoe Regatta in Brainbridge New York that is held on Memorial Day weekend.
There was one year I was especailly remember. It was the years the Girls came in third place. They had previously come in first place. This year stands out in my mind because the two girls that paddle the final lap of the race chose to give up first place they were in to aid an overturned canoe team in trouble. They learned the importance of Safety, team building and that winning isn’t everything.
When the awards were handed out, the announces even mentioned the fact that the girls were in first place but choose to give it up to help others. Everyone started appaulding and yelling out “well done.”
Jane and Bill had done their job well in teaching the young ladies the important things in life.
The photos are from my experience as a Girls Scout. I wish I could remember who photographed our Girl Scout Troop #14 in 1989, to give them proper credit.
I hope this triggers you to remember your time as a Girl Scout or Girl Guide:
Your first troop meeting,
Learning the Girls Scout Promise-
The Girl Scout Laws
The camping Songs,
The first time you sleep in a tent,
The summer Girl Camps you went to,
And most of all-
The FUN and FRIENDSHIPS you made over the years.
Happy Girl Scouting!
Photos by June Stearns Butka except where noted.