For 100 years, the Girls Scouts of America has worked to help girls grow into productive, healthy women.
The organization was founded in 1912 by Juliette Gordon Low after a meeting with Lord Baden Powell, founder of the Boy Scouts, in 1911.
Today, organizations that are principled and try to instill certain positive values are under attack in the United States.
However, the Girl Scouts of America have largely resisted such attacks and remain one of the most popular charitable organizations in the country.
According to the report Girl Scouting Works: The Alumnae Impact Study, about half of all women have been Girl Scouts at some point in their lives.
The accomplishments of girls who spend time in Scouting are significant, according to the report:
77 percent of Girl Scout alumnae vote, compared to 63 percent of non-alumnae.
38 percent of alumnae have college degrees compared to 28 percent of non-alumnae.
Girl Scout alumnae have a higher income - $51,700 compared to just over $42,000 for non-alumnae.
What is the reason for the success of the Girl Scouts? The Lebanon Democrat believes it has to do with two credos the organization follows, the first being the Girl Scout Promise:
On my honor, I will try: To serve God and my country, To help people at all times, And to live by the Girl Scout Law.
The second is the Girl Scout Law:
I will do my best to be Honest and Fair, Friendly and Helpful, Considerate and Caring, Courageous and Strong, and Responsible for what I say and do, And to respect myself and others, respect authority, use resources wisely, make the world a better place, and be a sister to every Girl Scout.
The Lebanon Democrat Salutes this great organization and its dedication to young women of all races, backgrounds and beliefs throughout the nation.
In a few weeks, we will be publishing a special section saluting the Girl Scouts of Wilson and Trousdale Counties.
Should your business wish to support this special section, or if you’d like to give recognition to a special Girl Scout in your life, call 444-3952 and ask for the advertising department.
To ensure your Girl Scout Troop is included, call Clay Morgan at 444-3952, ext. 13.