Last Updated on August 15, 2020 by Ellen Christian
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When I was a little girl, I was very shy and awkward. I know, it’s hard to believe. In order to help me make friends, my Mom had me join the Girl Scouts. I have many wonderful memories of earning badges, going to summer camp and selling Girl Scout cookies. I was a Girl Scout until I was about thirteen and made some great friends during my years as part of a troop. I enjoyed Girl Scouts so much that when my daughter was old enough, I enrolled her in Girl Scouts as well. She is now 20 years old but I still remember the times we had as I often helped out the troop leader.
Lessons from Girl Scouts
My husband doesn’t have as many memories of Girl Scouts as I do. His favorite memory is Girl Scout Cookie Weekend when I would come home with the trunk loaded with Girl Scout cookies. There were always way more Thin Mints and Peanut Butter Cookies than any other type of Girl Scout cookie I bought. If you look forward to Girl Scout Cookie Weekend, you will want to know that the time is almost here! National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend starts on February 7th!
- Make new friends and keep the old. (One is silver and the other gold)
- Do your best to serve God and your country and help other people at all times.
- Be honest and fair, friendly and helpful, considerate and caring, courageous and strong, and responsible for what you say and do.
- Respect yourself and others, respect authority, use resources wisely and make the world a better place.
- Be prepared …. for everything.
- Have your child sell the cookies. They won’t learn anything by you selling them for them.
- Let your child go to overnight camp if they want to but don’t force them to if they don’t.
- Show your daughter how important volunteering is by volunteering yourself even if all you do is help occasionally.
- Sew badges on as soon as you receive them. Do not wait until the night before the meeting or you’ll be up all night with sore fingers.
- Never throw anything away that can be turned into a craft project. One of my favorite Girl Scout projects ever was these God’s Eyes.
I started with two sticks but you can also start with popsicle sticks if you have them. You will need three different colors of yarn.
- Place the sticks together to form an X.
- Tie a knot in the shape of an X in the middle so the sticks don’t move.
- Wrap the yarn around the center a few times to hold it tight.
- Hold the sticks in one hand while you wrap the yarn with the other.
- Wrap the yarn over and around one arm of the X. Then over and around the next arm. Continue.
- In between, push the yarn down gently so it forms a solid pattern. Pull tightly between each rotation so the yarn is tight.
- If you want to switch colors part way, knot the end of one color with the beginning of another color on the back of the God’s Eye. You can do all in one color if you want.
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Ellen is a busy mom of a 24-year-old son and 29-year-old daughter. She owns six blogs and is addicted to social media. She believes that it doesn’t have to be difficult to lead a healthy life. She shares simple healthy living tips to show busy women how to lead fulfilling lives. If you’d like to work together, email firstname.lastname@example.org to chat.