Girl Scouts: 100 years of service

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With the 100th year anniversary of Girl Scouts approaching on March 12, I think it’s a great time to reflect on the impact this great organization has made on today’s girls. Even though I haven’t been a part of Girl Scouts for 100 years, I can say that Gi

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With the 100th year anniversary of Girl Scouts approaching on March 12, I think it’s a great time to reflect on the impact this great organization has made on today’s girls. Even though I haven’t been a part of Girl Scouts for 100 years, I can say that Girl Scouts has given me skills and lessons to last a lifetime. It has been a part of my life for longer than I can remember, and I have countless memories.

I have been afforded so many unique opportunities like camping with 24 women CEOs or working with the Chicago Bar Association Alliance for Women to learn in depth about the law field. I even traveled to Houston, Tex. for the 52nd National Convention of Girl Scouts of the USA where I learned even more about topics like marketing, global connections and business while participating in the Girl Scout Leadership Institute.

However, I still find that even with all of these amazing leadership opportunities, Girl Scouts still seems to stand for cookies, camping and crafts in the eyes of everyday people. It is so much more. It is clear that the Girl Scout formula is building girls of courage, confidence, and character.

However, with all of the developments, we still maintain our traditions like the annual cookie program that is currently in progress. There is the new Savannah Smiles cookie, a crisp, zesty, lemony delight made specifically for the 100th anniversary. Selling cookies even has a technological twist now. Girls market their cookies through social media and people can locate where girls are selling them by visiting http://www.girlscoutcookies.org. Oh, and 2012 is the YEAR OF THE GIRL! This effort is to focus national attention on girls and the issues they face, and, of course, celebrate girls in this anniversary year.

Girl Scouts has empowered me to become the fearless, courageous young lady I am today, not to mention it’s where I have made many good friends throughout the years. I have learned to be a leader among my peers, especially seeing that there aren’t many Girl Scouts my age and how eyes jump open when I proudly exclaim my Girl Scout status. Girl Scouts is definitely a life changing experience.

Kierra Franklin, 16, attends Brooks College Prep.

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