I remember being eight years old and moving to California and feeling so lost and like I had no friends and just felt a constant ache to be back home in my evergreen state. My mom brought up the idea of joining Girl Scouts to me and as soon as I attended that first meeting, I knew I had a group of girls that were going to become a second family. And that is exactly what it was.
Girl Scouts in California was so exciting to someone from Washington from sleepovers at SeaWorld to meetings at Build-A-Bear. I gained friends that I would invite to birthday parties and spend days before and after school with. I found this sense of community I thought I left in Washington.
Eventually, after just over two years, I would invite them to my going away party and they were among my hardest goodbyes.
Going back to Washington was bittersweet, but once my mom decided that she also missed Girl Scouts she started her own troop along with my aunt and I instantly had this group of girls that reminded me of what I was missing most about California.
Girl Scouts taught me so much about respect and responsibility and hard work and community that I am so grateful for.
I went to camps and rally's and learned how to sell and handle money with cookie sales and those are things I have taken into my adult life.
Now as a 22 year old young woman I have constantly thought about becoming a troop leader myself just because I would love to be able to give girls what girl scouts gave to me. As much as people look at kids in this organization as "lame," it can change a scared young girls life. Nothing prepares you for the business side of the real world at a young age like Girl Scouts.