Indiana has been getting some bad press, recently, some of it well deserved. Republican State Representative, Bob Morris, of Fort Wayne, Indiana made national news, when he recently trash talked the Girl Scouts of America and refused to sign a resolution honoring the 100th anniversary of the Girl Scout organization.
I grew up in Girl Scouts. From second grade through my junior year in high school, I was a Girl Scout. I was a First Class Girl Scout, which in my day was something akin to being an Eagle Scout in Boy Scouts. My mother was my leader for about the first five years and everyone thought she was easy on me, but she made everything I did twice as hard for me because she figured everyone would think she was easy on me.
This was our pledge:These were our pins:
I earned so many badges that at some point we gave up trying to sew them all on my badge sash. And I probably would have needed two badge sashes.
This is the bag you carry the mess kit in:
The mess kit:
I still carry/use my Girl Scout mess kit when I go camping. My name is etched in child-like scrawl. I probably used my pocket knife to etch it. I nearly cut off a finger or two with that pocket knife.
I went to Camp Wonderland, a day camp in my home town. We would sometimes have over-night camp outs. In the fifth grade, I started going to established camp at Camp Windigo, in Upland, Indiana. Each summer I would go to Camp Windigo for two weeks. The summer after my freshman year in college, I served as a counselor at Camp Windigo. It wasn't necessarily cool to be a Girl Scout, but I was never one to let other's opinions dictate my actions. We were a small group, and in many ways, that afforded us more trips and opportunities.
Much of who I am today was instilled in me by being a Girl Scout. Knowing how to build a camp fire is a skill I still exercise, today. I still love camping and hiking.
Our local county Girl Scouts celebrated the 100th birthday of Girl Scouts by doing community service. In 614 hours they created 121 hand tied fleece blankets for children. They colored 510 lunch bags to be used for aging seniors nutrition program. They created 543 braided puppy toys and 188 cat nip toys for our local Animal Shelter and knitted three caps which were donated.
Sounds like an awful group of girls, doesn't it? Representative Morris, I know you've apologized, but you made our state look bad and showed your ignorance by your statements. You'll be remembered for this- your claim to fame.
This (old) Indiana Girl Scout is proud. I'm thankful for my years in Girl Scouts and the lasting impression that the organization left upon my life.