Make New Friends But Keep the Old, #592


When I was in elementary school, I was in a Girl Scout troop.  The troop leaders were two Moms of two of the girls, and they started the troop from the time we were Brownies all way through our Girl Scout years.  I have the fondest memories of those days.  I  remember going to an overnight Girl Scout weekend with them in a cabin, selling cookies and earning badges.  Check out my Girl Scout sash from the early ’80’s.  I worked so hard on getting all of those badges!

The front of my Girl Scout sash

The front of my Girl Scout sash

The back of my Girl Scout sash.

The back of my Girl Scout sash.


Getting my daughter started in a troop has been a much bigger struggle.  About two years ago, she said, “Mom, can’t I please become a Girl Scout.  It’s so ME!”  She’s right.  It is so “HER,” but finding a troop has been an ordeal.  When you call the Girl Scouts to inquire, they tell you that all the troops are full and try to persuade you into starting a troop.  At the beginning of this school year and after much failure in finding a troop for my daughter, I was considering becoming a troop leader.  Unfortunately, I just was unable to commit to spearheading it, because with my busy work schedule, I knew it was a task I just couldn’t undertake.

Finally, after two years of phone calls back and forth to the local Girl Scout headquarters, we have found a troop that we are going to try!  What makes me so happy about the whole thing is that my daughter is beyond excited.  It is all she’s been talking about for the last 48 hours, and I know she is over the moon!  Fingers are crossed that she has found a new home away from home and that it really is so “HER!”

I love the idea of the Girl and Boy Scouts.  Both are an ideal environment for learning and friendships and memories.  I so hope this is everything we are thinking it will be.

My song of the day, “Make New Friends But Keep the Old” is the one song I really remember from those Girl Scout days.  It must be a traditional scouting song, because when I looked it up on Youtube, I found a Girl Scout troop singing it.  Click HERE to check it out.  As I’m finishing up my blog today, I’m giving the old Girl Scout salute.  Here it is along with the Girl Scout law.  What good words to live by!


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.


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