Girl Scout Readings

Readings can help lead a meeting into a theme, be used for ceremonies, openings for events or anytime you want a little inspiration. The following have been collected from books and on the Web. Our overall theme is Girl Scouting.

All These Years
Donna Tuttle You came home all excited from school, You wanted to be a Daisy, ‘cause you thought it would be cool, To run, jump, play, and glue, Making friends both old and new. You crossed the bridge with candles lit, You weren’t even scared a bit. On to Brownies you would go, Learning about music, knife safety, and outdoor fun too. In a circle of friend’s, a hand give a squeeze, Then make a wish if you please. It was time to fly up to get your wings, They were to carry you to Juniors to learn new games and sing. Going through the signs of the rainbow, world, satellite, and sun, Growing in leadership through badges and fun. My how you’ve grown through the years, In talents, hobbies, and interests so dear. You’ve met many a challenge or two, With travels, campfires, and badges too. With ten years of stories you’ve told Some are silver, but you are the Gold!

Angel in Green
Vicki Saldana Having left mortal earth I passed through Heaven’s gate And while anxiously awaiting the outcome of my fate I walked among the angels all robed in purest white Whereupon I saw one figure that cast a greenish light. She sat upon a misty cloud, a harp held to her breast, In a flowing, blowing gown of green, unlike all the rest; I asked what great deed she’d done to earn the special hue That gave her color where others had none, or maybe just a few. She said, “On earth I sought no fame, fortune was not my goal I shunned the power of politics and worked without a toll; I spent time with children, helping them to grow For as you reap in life, so must you learn to sow.” “You see,” she said, “the dividend while growing up I’d share I repaid where many others were too self-involved to care; Girl Scouting was my choice of roads to follow in my quest For among the girls I found a love deeper than the rest.” “A teacher was I, my work was hard, I had no diploma or pay But where family and institutions failed I helped them find the way; The lessons I taught were obscure and difficult to see For they didn’t have names like spelling or math or geometry.” “They were lessons in life delivered through guided experience And they taught such things as character, spirit, and confidence; Though on earth my life was blessed, it’s even moreso today For when I look down I see my work as my girls show others the way.” “On earth, Girl Scouting taught me to leave things better than before And the same applies to that mortal place where life never was a bore Now having lived by that Girl Scout rule in every earthly endeavor I have become an Angel in Green and shall be a Girl Scout forever.”

Because You Said “Yes”
Because you said, “yes . . . “ • a young girl will feel the pride of being someone special as she carefully puts on her uniform for the very first time. • a girl can move to a new town and have “instant friendships” with girls she might never have met. • parents will experience that special pride when they listen to their daughter say the Girl Scout Promise for the first time. • bright eyes will become a little brighter with excitement as the kindling finally catches on the first campfire. • nervous giggles will emit from tents as girls try to fall asleep their first night of camp. • the community, and the world will be richer because a girl has learned the importance of caring for her environment, and the warm feeling that comes from giving service to someone less fortunate than herself. • a parent will find a gold trefoil carefully tucked away in a drawer as their daughter packs to leave home for her first adventures as a young adult. • a young woman will contact the Girl Scouts one day and say, “I had so much fun when I was a Girl Scout, I’d like to try being a Leader.” And the circle will continue . . . because you said, “YES”

Blossoms and Butterflies
Julie Willis, Girl Scouts – Bayou Council, 2000 The caterpillars crept alone around the seeds that were yet to be sown. The caterpillars are our girls, you see, and the seed is the experience of Girl Scout activity. The caterpillars all fuzzy and new come together as individuals yet form a crew. Then the seeds are planted with great care, seeds of knowledge, experiences and friendships to share. Changes begin slowly, too slowly to see, as the girls experience their scouting activities. The seed grows into a plant, strong and nourishes our caterpillars all the year long. Scouting has brought changes across the world wide, but the changes in our girls is mostly inside. Yes, those simple seeds have changed each of our lives Because with Girl Scouts, our girls have blossomed into butterflies.

Buddhist Prayer
When someone is wronged he must put aside all resentment and say, My mind shall not be disturbed; no angry word shall escape my lips; I will remain kind and friendly, with loving thoughts and no secret spite.”

Careful Soul
Ley Cash - San Gorgonio Girl Scout Council A careful soul I have to be, A little Girl Scout follows me. To a narrow path I must stay, For if I don’t, she too, will stray. I must choose my deeds with care. For all I do, she too, will dare. My words I guard and softly speak And I must love the strong and the weak. Oh, I must be fair, from the start. And boldly lead with a steady heart. In all I say and all I do. I promise to strive to be true. Because you know ... Where’re I go ... A careful soul I have to be. A little Girl Scout follows me!

Chain of Friendship
I’d like to bring an end to strife and peace on earth to see. But all I have is one small life, All I can give is me. I cannot make all nations join In peace in every land But, I can reach out to one friend An understanding hand. If each of us, would just reach out, One hand in friendship plain, We soon would stretch across the earth, In one unbroken chain.

Cherokee Prayer
Oh Great Spirit, grant that I may never find fault with my neighbor until I have walked the trail of life in his moccasins.

Creed for Girl Scouts
God, help each Girl Scout to be Ready to give of herself wisely. Honest, friendly, respectful, fair; Providing service to show we care. What is right, may we possess, What is wrong, refuse to do, What is evil, seek to shun, This we ask for everyone.

Each Life Affects Another
Amanda Bradley We may not always realize That everything we do, Affects not only our lives But touches others, too! For a little bit of thoughtfulness That shows someone you care, Creates a ray of sunshine For both of you to share. Yes, every time you offer Someone a helping hand... Every time you show a friend You care and understand... Every time you have A kind and gently word to give... You help someone find beauty In this precious life we live. For happiness brings happiness And loving ways bring love; And giving is the treasure That contentment is made of.

Eleven Commandments
For Girl Scouting to achieve its goals, those who work with adult volunteers need to remember these eleven commandments: 1. The girl comes first, and the adult volunteer comes second in Girl Scouting. 2. The Girl Scout volunteer is not dependent on her support team, the support team is dependent on her. 3. The Girl Scout volunteer is not an interruption of professional staff work, she is the purpose of it. 4. The Girl Scout volunteer does the program a favor when she shows up, the service team is not doing her a favor by supporting her. 5. The Girl Scout volunteer is not someone to argue or match wits with. 6. The Girl Scout volunteer is the person who brings the support team her wants: it is the support team’s job to fill those wants. 7. The Girl Scout volunteer is part of our council, she is not an outsider. 8. Girls and adult volunteers are not cold statistics! 9. The girls and the adult volunteers are the ones who make it possible to pay the professionals their salaries. 10. The Girl Scout volunteer is deserving of the most courteous and attentive treatment that the support staff can give her! 11. The adult volunteer is the lifeblood of Girl Scouting.

For All You Do
For the bounteous help that you have given For the edge of sanity to which you were driven For all the skeeters that you had to slap For all the girls, for you they’ll clap For another Scout chore so very well done For without you, activities would be none How to say Thank You in some new way Always floors me as to what to say But all of your work was done in glee Bright young faces are reward for thee.

If I could catch a rainbow I would do it just for you, And share with you its beauty On the days you’re feeling blue. If I could build a mountain You could call your very own, A place to find serenity A place to be alone. If I could take your troubles I would toss them in the sea, But all these things I’m finding Are impossible for me. I cannot build a mountain Or catch a rainbow fair, But let me be what I know best A friend that’s always there.

For Everything
For every step taken on a wet and rocky trail. For every reminder note you didn’t forget to mail. For every skinned knee you attended, For every broken heart you mended. For every burnt camping meal you ate, For every late parent on which you had to wait. For every tearful disappointment you heard, For every time you could’ve ... but didn’t say a word. For every ounce of laughter to a little girl you brought, For every midnight giggle your tired ears have caught! For every tear you’ve shed as they’ve grown up through the years. For every one of your Girl Scouts, now full of confidence, not fears. For every song you’ve sung, For every song you’ll sing... Thank you...Girl Scout Leader... simply put...for everything!

Girl Scout Gift
“On my honor I will try,” Defines a way of living A song, a game, a knot to tie, But most of all a giving. Gifts of crafts and time and caring, A girl, a troop, a leader give. Learning soon the fun of sharing, And finding too, a way to live. In a world of rush and roar, One vision stands out clearly, Our Founder’s dream to help girls soar, We all must cling to dearly.

Girl Scout Litany
The Honor of a Girl Scout is to be trusted. It knows no guide. The Loyalty of a Girl Scout is changeless. It enables the weak. The Duty of a Girl Scout is service. It bears burdens for others. The Friendship of a Girl Scout is universal. It offers sisterhood to all. The Courtesy of a Girl Scout is unfailing It makes bright the walks of life. The Gentleness of a Girl Scout protects all creatures. It suffers no cruelty. The Obedience of a Girl Scout is instant It knows no rebellion. The Presence of a Girl Scout is cheerful. It dispels all gloom. The Hand of a Girl Scout is clean. It does not waste. The Mind of Girl Scout is clean. It thinks no evil. The Word of a Girl Scout is pure. It utters no shame. The Deeds of a Girl Scout are noble. For her motive is unselfish.

Girl Scout Sisters
Pam Martini Girl Scout sister are forever friends . . . Each morning when the day begins . . . When other friendships fade or end . . . Girl Scout sisters are forever friends . . . Seasons come and seasons go . . . Summer rains turn into snow . . . But no matter where you live . . . Are how far you go . . . Girl Scout sisters are forever so . . .

Girl Scouting – It Matters
Peter Drucker, Management Consultant Girl Scouting offers young women a place where they can be girls – where they can be what they want to be. Girl Scouting is a place where the universe is organized, where there are simple values, where the world is manageable. Girl Scouting serves the community. Girl Scouting produces young people who grow up proud to be women. Girl Scouting is a place where girls learn to like what they see in the mirror. Girl Scouting stands for the good things we hope for the future. Girl Scouting provides a place, in troubled times, where things are normal and dependable. Girl Scouting offers achievement, self-assurance, self-respect and the priceless gift of self-confidence.

Girl Scouting . . .
Marjorie Su I wear the pin of a Girl Scout; I try to live the Law. I have often said the Promise, when life held only flaws. But it’s not the pin nor the Promise, nor just the Law I live That causes me to love this Scouting - It’s the feeling Scouting can give. You have to live it to know it: When the sun has sunk down low You must sing with other Girl Scouts, around the campfire’s glow. You must plan a cookout with them, and have it spoiled by the rain, You must sing instead of crying, and make the plans again. You should hike for many a mile, under a clear blue sky. Then sleep in the open country, and watch the stars go by. There are no words to express it, it can’t be told in song. You just must experience it; it will not take you long. It is brought out when you are singing, as loud as you can sing. And again in the peaceful silence, when a flag is taking wing. Then when you salute Old Glory, you know that you belong, And Taps cannot end this feeling, after the day is gone. You will want to meet tomorrow, in hope that you can live To pass on some of this feeling, only Scouting can give. So it’s not the pin nor Promise, nor just the Law I live, That cause me to love Girls Scouting - it’s the feeling Scouting can give.

Girl Scouts Talks to the Lady
Alice C. Shanley Dear lovely lady dressed in blue Teach me to be like you, So loyal, obedient, kind and true In all the things I do. Teach me to be a good Girl Scout In thought, in word, and deed, To be thrifty, cheerful and clean, This is what I mean. O sweet Mother, Heavenly Queen, Guide me from above See that all my little tasks Will be tender works of love. Help me on to womanhood My Girl Scout Law to keep. Always be my guiding light, I pray some day we’ll meet.

Golden Pin
Lois Piehn This golden pin with its three parts. Reminds me of the Promise we hold in our hearts. And as the years go quickly by, Girl Scout sing and dream and form deep ties. Comradeship we cherish, memories we keep For Girl Scout friendships are strong and deep, In serving others, let me see The world become a better place to be. So come with me as Girl Scouts sing their song To the friends all around us we belong. In friendship true, we will be kin. All those who wear this golden pin.

Green Angel
Ken-O-Valley, Ohio, Girl Scout Council I dreamed I went to Heaven And saw among the dead An Angel dressed in Green A halo ‘round her head. And she looked kind of funny Midst all the glaring white, The others asked her jealously What gave her such right? I’m just a Girl Scout Leader; I lay no hold to fame; But being such a person Means more than just the name. My jobs on earth were many; Praises and thanks were few. I did more work in one day, Than ten people ought to do. I was a tin can cooker, A hiker, a pathfinder; I’ve also been an artist, A sailor, a bookbinder. I taught jumping jills to dance, I taught parrots to sing: I made saints out of hoodlums, While mama had her fling. I walked the streets till my feet Felt like a ton of brick, Selling Girl Scout Cookies now The mere thought makes me sick. But it was all a lot of fun; Life never was a bore, See — This role isn’t new to me, “I’ve been an angel before.”

Hindu Prayer for Peace
O Lord God almighty, May there be peace in celestial regions. May there be peace on earth. May the waters be appeasing. May herbs be wholesome, and May trees and plants bring peace to all. May all beneficent beings bring peace to us. May your Vedic Law propagate peace all through the world. May all things be a source of peace to us. And may your peace itself bestow peace on all, and May that peace come to me also.

How Very Special You Are!
Your presence is a present to the world. You’re unique and one of a kind. Your life can be what you want it to be. Take the days just one at a time. Count your blessings, not your troubles. You’ll make it through whatever comes along. Within you are so many answers. Understand, have courage, be strong. Don’t put limits on yourself. So many dreams are waiting to be realized. Decisions are too important to leave to chance. Reach for your peak, your goal, and your prize. Nothing wastes more energy than worrying. The longer one carries a problem, the heavier it gets. Don’t take things too seriously. Live a life of serenity, not a life of regrets. Remember that a little love goes a long way. Remember that a lot . . . goes forever. Remember that friendship is a wise investment. Life’s treasures are people . . . together. Realize that it’s never to late. Do ordinary things in extraordinary ways. Have health and hope and happiness. Take the time to wish upon a star. And don’t ever forget . . . For even a day . . . How very special you are.

Husband’s Lament
Bingo and “Another World” my wife can do without. But I’m stuck with something just as bad since she got in Girl Scouts. From September until June, it’s meetings all the time; She then starts getting ready, ‘cause Camp is next in line. Girl Scouts have lots of meetings to pass away a night, And just to pass away a day, they all go on a hike. Then when there are no camps or hikes or meetings to attend, The troop all gets together for an overnight sleep-in. Sometimes I’ll say unto my wife, “Let’s go out for a while.” I know exactly what she’ll say when I see her smile – “Sorry, but I’ve got no time to be a gadabout, ‘Cause me and Blanche and Helen have a meeting for Girl Scouts.” Then when they have a meeting and meal time comes around, God knows what I’ll get to eat – I may not get it down. It’s cooked in such a hurry, it just doesn’t turn out right; She’s always got the same excuse – “There’s a Girl Scout meeting tonight.” In June she rolls her sleeping bag and then she packs her kit; She picks up little crafts collected for the camping trip. She says, “Twill soon be over now, ‘cause camping is the end.” But I know that come September, it will all start up again. Sometimes I grumble with her and say, “It’s gone too far. Half the time you’re not at home and I don’t know where you are.” She just says, “It’s my decision when I come in or go out – You can grumble all you like; I’m going to Girl Scouts.” She goes to all the things they have no matter what I say; I guess that she’ll be in Girl Scouts until her dying day. Now if she goes before me and I am left to mourn, I’ll send her like she’s used to going – IN HER GIRL SCOUT UNIFORM!

I am a Girl Scout
I am sunshine . . . the sparkle of merriment in the eyes of my youth. I am a doorway out of the commonplace into a new, exciting experience. I am a purpose-for-life, which will make the later years of the girls I love rewarding. I am noise . . . and a silence with warmth in it. I am laughter . . . and a quiet revolution, which seeks the comfort of a listener. I am energy and a touch of living service. I am youth and the slowly emerging habits that make matured experience worthy. I am the today and tomorrow that is being shaped. I am habits, ideals, ways of living, confirmed attitudes in the souls of youth. I am the giver of gifts that fall not away, that time will not quench, that riches will not deceive. I am a home to which a heart can unfold. I am a force that holds you near to each other no matter how different people are. I am a spirit that forever sings within your heart. I am love – deep, sincere, devoted love. I am part of you – for though your feet may pass my door, in my memory you will live eternally. I am a Girl Scout.

I am a Girl Scout Leader
Original poem (I am a Den Leader) by Julie H. Erickson, adapted by Barb Hunter I am a Girl Scout leader, I own a hot glue gun, A 3-ring notebook, an American flag, and a seven-passenger van. I know all about Safety-Wise, permission slips, and registration forms. I save bits of string, scraps of fabric, old tin cans, And a whole garage full of recyclables. I am a Girl Scout leader. I get excited over paper sack kites that really fly, Girls who remember to bring their books, And a perfectly toasted marshmallow. I ooh and ah at crayon-drawn pictures, Cheer for a paper kickball game, And sing “I’m a Stinky Little Skunk” at troop meetings. I once wept with a Girl Scout who just found out her parents were getting a divorce. I am a Girl Scout leader. I have twisted and turned new Brownies at the pond, Herded unruly girls along museum tours, Proven myself outdoors building a fire, And quietly panicked upon sight of a spider. I have threatened to quit more than once, But I am still a Girl Scout leader. My card says I’m trained. But I know I still have a lot to learn from other leaders, My service unit, and especially my girls. And I still have one more lesson to teach. I will not give up on any of my girls, So I am still a Girl Scout leader. I like to think there is a special place in heaven reserved for leaders. Surely they would have a need for bird feeders and sit-upons, And someone who could love a giggling Girl Scout. I hope when I die there is a hot glue gun plugged in and waiting. For ... I am a Girl Scout leader!

Japanese Prayer
Oh, make my heart so still, so still, When I am deep in prayer That I might hear the white-mist-wreaths Losing themselves in air.

Leader Appreciation
Author Unknown My dishes went unwashed today I didn’t make the bed I took her hand and went To Girl Scouts instead. That my house was neglected That I didn’t sweep the stairs In twenty years no one on earth Will even know or care. But that I helped a little girl From child to adulthood grow In twenty years, the whole wide world Will look and see and know!

Magical Bandanna
It’s just a piece of cloth But with proper use and care You can do much more with this Than blow your nose or tie your hair You can use it as a napkin Or fold it for a sling Or stick it in your ears When an off-key singer sings It’s handy when at meetings One person talks too much If you’ve got the nerve to use it Do it with a humorous touch If outdoor stuff is what you do You can pack your hobo lunch And use it for your sit-upon When you sit and munch And if by chance you should get lost You could use it for a flag It could also be a potholder An apron or washrag As a manager of people And the captain of your team Use it when you need a break Cover your eyes and dream Or pull it out of a tall silk hat If magic is what you need Or make yourself a thinking cap And let your thoughts take seed When everything is going wrong And you need to rant and rave and howl Behold! The magical bandanna Becomes a crying towel So stick it in your pocket And put a smile upon your face And keep it very close at hand In a most convenient place You’ll find other ways to use it Some we couldn’t print on a dare So bring it to all Girl Scout meetings And don’t be afraid to share

My Aunt Daisy was the First Girl Scout
Arthur Gordon ACTIONS: DAISY: stand up, turn around, and sit down SCOUTS, SCOUTING: give Girl Scout sign AMERICA: place hand over heart JULIETTE: stand up, turn around, and sit down SAVANNAH: all say “Hi y’all!” WILLIAM LOW: bow from the waist DEAF: cup ears with hands SIR ROBERT BADEN-POWELL: give scout sign RIDE: pretend to ride SHOOT: pretend to shoot PAINT: pretend to paint ACT: pretend to act CARVE WOOD: pretend to carve wood WORK IRON: pretend to hammer on pieces of iron ABSENTMINDED: scratch head ANIMALS: all make animal sounds CHILDREN: pretend to pat small child’s head

Ever since my Aunt Daisy turned up on a postage stamp, I’ve been a little worried about her. Once you’re on a stamp, you’re not a person any more; you’re an institution. When Daisy could be bought for three cents, it put her in a category with Martha Washington, Susan B. Anthony, Clara Barton, and Whistler’s Mother (also stamps), all awfully solemn and awfully dead. I never thought she belonged there. It’s true in 1912 she founded the Girl Scouts of the United States of America, a praiseworthy and possibly stampworthy act. It’s also true that in 1956 the Scouts completed their restoration of her birthplace, our old home on Oglethorpe Avenue in Savannah, Georgia. Henceforth, the house will be a sort of living museum of Scouting, and this is a fine thing. What worries me a bit is that, with all the honors heaped on Daisy, an increasingly visible halo will begin to encircle her memory and people will cease to know what she was actually like. She was christened Juliette, but from the beginning everybody called her Daisy. The facts of her life are already known to millions of Girl Scouts, past and present. She was born in an old house in Savannah on Halloween in 1860. She grew up in the Reconstruction Era with three sisters and two brothers (my father was the youngest). She married a wealthy Englishman, William Low, whose family also owned a beautiful old residence in Savannah. Shortly afterward, she was rendered very deaf by a series of ear infections. Finally as a childless widow, she met Sir Robert Baden-Powell, famed British founder of the Boy Scouts, and from him drew the ideas and inspiration that led her to found the Girl Scouts of America. These are facts all right, but they don’t give you any idea of color and excitement and confusion that always surrounded Daisy. She was an Elizabethan character, impulsive, headstrong, superstitious, naïve, intuitive, and endowed with a glittering array of talents. She could ride, shoot, paint, act, carve wood, and work iron. She was a good linguist, a fair poet, and a talented sculptress. On the other hand, she couldn’t spell, she was incorrigibly unpunctual (her favorite watch had only one hand), and her absentmindedness could be fantastic. She was the only woman I ever heard of who invited people to a large dance and then forgot all about it. She was found sitting in bed, gloomily sorting out bills and wondering whether she was really hearing an orchestra playing downstairs. She was delighted to learn it was.

She loved animals, regardless of size, shape, or condition. She was forever bringing home stray cats, dogs, or horses she considered underfed or maltreated. This affection for animals was probably the result of strong and frustrated maternal instincts: Daisy loved children but had none of her own. Children were invariably enchanted by her because she had the ability to turn everything into a game. Girl Scouting to Daisy was a grand and glorious game. She was the world’s worst organizer, and knew it, but she also knew that vitality and humor and fun are just as important as organization. Although her deafness was a constant trial to her, Daisy could always joke about it. Once, listening to a speech she could not hear, she decided the speaker wasn’t getting enough encouragement. She applauded loud and long and discovered only later that what she was cheering was a glowing eulogy of herself as Founder of the Girl Scouts. She still had plenty of energy left in 1912 when she turned 52 years old. She then returned to Savannah, armed with an English Girl Guide handbook and the determination to bring Scouting (or Guiding, as it was called then ) to the girls of America. At first, no one took her seriously. She was deaf, she was middle-aged, and she had never been involved in any large-scale public work. Her friends were used to her explosive fads that never lasted very long. Her family teased her unmercifully about her preoccupation with what they irreverently dubbed the “Girl Scouts” and waited for her interest to fade. But it didn’t. She went from city to city making speeches, organizing troops, choosing leaders, rewriting handbooks—bearing the expense herself, although by this time her funds were limited. In 1914 she sold her pearls to help pay the rising costs. With the restoration of the house completed, a portrait of Daisy as a young woman (a lovely thing by a British artist named Hughs) hangs once more over the mantel in the library. In it, she looks fragile, feminine, and pensive, as if gazing into some half-veiled future. Perhaps she was, because she was always highly intuitive, almost psychic. That was almost thirty years ago. But her warmth and her enthusiasm—the most endearing of all human traits—are still very much alive. Maybe visitors to the old house will sense them when they stand and look up at her portrait. I know I will.

My Girl Scout Pin
Carol Lee Spages My Girl Scout pin is small in size, But so many things are tucked inside. Courage, honor and fairness, so true, Make the world a better place... That’s what I will do! It means I am friendly to all who I know, Considerate and caring wherever I go. It holds a pledge that I will be strong, And do what is right when things go all wrong. It’s sisterhood, adventure, discovery and fun, It’s knowing much more when the day is done. If everyone would follow the Girl Scout way, Wouldn’t we have a wonderful US of A?

Native American Prayer
Oh Great Spirit Whose voice I hear in the winds, And whose breath gives life to all the world, Hear me! I am small and weak, I need your strength and wisdom. Let me Walk in Beauty and make my eyes ever behold the red and purple sunset. Make my Hands respect the things you have made and my ears sharp to hear your voice. Make me Wise so that I may understand the things I have taught my people. Let me Learn the lessons you have hidden in every leaf and rock. I seek Strength, not to be greater than my brother, But to fight my greatest enemy – myself.

Ode to My Co-Leader
My co-leader helps me be the leader that I am. Sometimes she pushes me, Sometimes she carries me, Occasionally, she uses other methods. She shows me where I need to go, And lights my trail to get there She knows what to do, Helps me see the way, And always knows how to fix what I mess up. She is more valuable than a diamond ring, She is my co-leader. Most importantly, she is my friend.

Parent’s Lament
Adapted from the original poem by Paul Nepermann, Cub Master, Pack 153 They’re looking for volunteers again, Be quick and duck your head. Don’t meet their eyes what ever you do, Or just pretend you’re dead. Girl scouts and school and basketball, Soccer and PTO, Turn them down, every request, Be firm and just say no. I’m much too busy to help out, Others have much more time. It might cost me extra money, I don’t have an extra dime. My work keeps me too busy, I’ve no time to relax, To spend time with some kids you see, Is way too much of a tax. And I’ve never volunteered before, I don’t think that I know how, Everyone else knows more than me, At least they do right now. Others seem to know just what to do, They’ve a knack to sustain it, They must have done it all their lives, Nothing else can explain it. So rely on them for scout leaders For the girls and boys, They can coach my kid’s baseball team, And deal with all the noise. They make this world a better place, I want my kids to learn that, That’s why I have them in the scouts, and sports and stuff like that. I guess that if I admit it to myself, I’ve a little time to spare. They say you can see a kids eyes light up, When they know you care. So come on and volunteer with me, We’ll learn how it is done, I think that I will make the time, What it might even be is fun.

Penny Poem
There those that believe a penny doesn’t hold much value. Many don’t think a penny is worth picking up. Yet, others believe that finding a penny brings good luck. As Girl Scouts we not only know the value of a penny, but know that we are to use our resources wisely. We make those pennies stretch into endless activities for our girls. To us, a penny is a symbol. Tonight we want to give you a special penny. Each time you see it, remember these words: A Penny and the Girl Scout Story Lincoln symbolizes the ideal we have towards our country as Girl Scouts. The inscription, ‘In God We Trust’ reminds us of a Supreme Being. The Lincoln Memorial symbolizes what we are working towards as Girl Scouts . . . building strong citizens, thus forming a strong structure. The three steps represent the three parts of the Girl Scout Promise. The ten columns remind us of the Girl Scout Law. The Promise and the Law support Girl Scouting. The open door symbolizes our open hearts to all. The Latin ‘E. Plurbis Unim’ reminds us that while there are many of us here, we are all united in Girl Scouting. This penny symbolizes the many rewards we receive during our lifetime. Rewards not in money or gifts, but in a smile of a friend, a handshake of a new friend and the knowledge and pride gained in doing the best you can in reaching your life’s goal. Keep this penny...every once in a while look at it and remember what it means.

Prayer for Girl Scouts
God, help us keep our Promise bright, Show us how to do things right Help us all be Girl Scouts true, That we may have more to offer you. AMEN

Prayers for Catholic Girl Scouts
Dear Jesus, without your grace we can do nothing, and with it we can do all things. We implore you that we Girl Scouts may ever be strong in the Faith and fight the good fight, and win the battle of our salvation. Make our hearts like your Sacred Heart, so that in all things we may do your will. Help us to think widely, to speak rightly, to act kindly, to live purely. Bless us in soul and body, and make us a blessing to our comrades. Whether at home or abroad, may we ever seek your glory and the extension of your kingdom. May the thought of your presence be always with us to save us from sin, to strengthen us in life and comfort us in death. And through the prayers and example of your Blessed and Immaculate Mother, who is the Leader of all Girl Scouts, may we never cease to seek and to find you, Our Lord and Savior, who lives and reigns with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, world without end. AMEN

Dear Jesus, we ask you to bless us and all other Girl Scouts. Give us grace to serve you and our country and to keep our Girl Scout Promise & Law. Make us humble and friendly, eager for adventure, alert and prepared for service. Give us courage to dare to do right; make us both strong to fight and steadfast to endure; And may our lives be filled with joy that spreads happiness everywhere. Grant us these graces through the prayers of your Blessed Mother. Our Lady, Leader of the Way, pray for us. AMEN.

Prayers for America
Abdu’l-Bahá O Thou kind Lord! This gathering is turning to Thee. These hearts are radiant with Thy love. These minds and spirits are exhilarated by the message of Thy glad-tidings. O God! Let this American democracy become glorious in spiritual degrees even as it has aspired to material degrees, and render this just government victorious. Confirm this revered nation to upraise the standard of the oneness of humanity, to promulgate the Most Great Peace, to become thereby most glorious and praiseworthy among all the nations of the world. O God! This American nation is worthy of Thy favors and is deserving of Thy mercy. Make it precious and near to Thee through Thy bounty and bestowal.

O Thou kind Lord! Thou hast created all humanity from the same stock. Thou hast decreed that all shall belong to the same household. In Thy Holy Presence they are all Thy servants, and all mankind are sheltered beneath Thy Tabernacle; all have gathered together at Thy Table of Bounty; all are illumined through the light of Thy Providence. O God! Thou art kind to all, Thou hast provided for all, dost shelter all, conferred life upon all. Thou hast endowed each and all with talents and faculties, and all are submerged in the Ocean of Thy Mercy. O Thou kind Lord! Unite all. Let the religions agree and make the nations one, so that they may see each other as one family and the whole earth as one home. May they all live together in perfect harmony.

Prayers for Christian Girl Scouts
Lord Jesus, we ask you to look after all the Girl Scouts and leaders who live all over the world. You were good and kind in your home at Nazareth and you were always ready to help other people. Help us to be like you to love everybody, and to be honest, truthful, and obedient at all times. AMEN.

O God, our heavenly Father, Help all Girl Scouts to know and look after the wonderful world you have made, the sky and sea, the trees and flowers, the birds and animals. Help us to love all the people in it, that in love we may help them, and so serve you. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. AMEN.

Dear Father in heaven, We know we are your children, We want to serve you faithfully, We want to keep our Girl Scout Promise. Help us to listen to your voice; Help us to be willing and quick to do your work; Help us to be friendly and loving; And help us to thank you every day for all your gifts to us. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. AMEN.

Dear God, we feel your nearness By a brook and midst the trees, Round a fire when we are camping You’re the guest we sing to please. For Your praises we serve others, With Your blessings, live our Law. The good feeling of fulfillment Is a Girl Scout’s just applause. Keep Girl Scouts forever near You. Guide their steps along life’s way. As they strive to keep their Promise Hold their hands in Yours, we pray. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. AMEN.

Grant O Lord, we pray Thee, that Thy blessing may rest upon us and all other Girl Scouts. Help us, with Thy grace, to serve our country and to keep our Girl Scout Promise and Law. Make us humble and friendly, eager for adventure, alert and prepared for service. Give us the courage to dare to do right. Make us both strong to fight and steadfast to endure, And may our lives be filled with joy that spreads happiness everywhere. Grant this we pray Thee, for the sake of Thy Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord. AMEN

Prayers for Jewish Girl Scouts
Hear, O Israel, the Lord is our God, the Lord is One. Blessed be his Name, whose glorious kingdom is forever and ever. And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul and with all thy might. And these words which I command thee this day shall be in thy heart. And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt speak of them when thou sittest in thy house, and when thou walkest by the way, when thou liest down, and when thou O Lord our God, we ask Thy blessing upon us and upon our sister Girl Scouts. Give us strength of character and of purpose so that we may fulfil our Promise and faithfully obey our Law. Teach us to understand that by living up to the ideals of our Movement we are helping to build a better tomorrow for ourselves and all people. AMEN Almighty God, we pray to Thee for courage to do what we know is right. Guide us when we are in doubt. Grant us strength to resist temptation and gentle hearts to help those who are weaker than ourselves. Keep us in health and strength and let us always be a source of pride and satisfaction to our parents and to all whom we love and respect. AMEN O God, we thank Thee for the opportunity of gathering together in friendship. Grant that we may ever be understanding and so considerate of our companions that we may be a help and example to them by our work and our sympathy. May we always remember that we are doing Thy will. AMEN

Reading for Muslim Girl Scouts
From the Qur’an Abraham said to his father Azar, “Do you take idols for gods? I surely see you and your people in evident error.” And likewise he showed Abraham the power and the laws of the heavens and the earth that he may be of those who have certitude. When the night covered him, he saw a star and said, “This is my Lord.” But when the moon set, he said, “Unless my Lord guides me, I will surely be among those who have gone astray.” When he saw the sun rising in splendor, he said, “This is my Lord; this is the greatest of all.” But when the sun set, he said, “O my people! I am indeed free from your guilt of giving partners to Allah.” “For me, I have set my face, firmly and truly, towards the One who has created the heavens and the earth, and I will never ascribe partners to Allah.”

Recipe for a Girl Scout Troop
Author Unknown Put us all together, and we’ll take it to the top! 1. Girl Scouts come in all colors, from all races around the world. Every Girl Scout is a sister no matter where she is from, no matter the language she speaks, no matter the color of her skin. God loves variety, and Girl Scouts are the colors of the rainbow. (M & M CANDIES) 2. We have a promise and a law. On our honor, we try to do our best to be fair and square. (CHEX CEREAL) 3. Some of us are tall, and some of us are small. When we get together, size doesn’t matter at all. (PRETZEL THINS AND MINI MARSHMALLOWS) 4. Sometimes we are nutty. We love to joke and play. We’d love to put a Girl Scout smile into everyone’s day. (NUTS) 5. When we get together, we seem to make circles. We may sit in circles, play circle games, make a Friendship Circle. You could say that we are well-rounded. (CHEERIOS) 6. When we are busy planning a project, or doing a craft, we pop around until we’re done. (POPCORN) 7. Girl Scouts respect all living things. The earth is our home, and we want to keep it safe for everyone. (GOLDFISH CRACKERS OR ANIMAL CRACKERS) 8. Girl Scouts are “chips off the old block”. Girl Scouting began in 1912. Since then we all have been part of an old tradition, and are proud to be part of the future. (BANANA CHIPS) 9. We get a kick out of wearing our uniforms, learning new things, helping others, and being together with our friends. (KIX CEREAL) 10. Young Girl Scouts may be hard to resist because they are fresh, sweet and new. But the older scout maybe more fun, because she has more experience than you! (RAISINS)

Red, White and Blue
What does our flag mean to you? Does it mean just colors - red, white and blue? Just a piece of cloth that proudly waves From buildings tall and soldier’s graves? Or does it mean people like you and me Who love this land of liberty? People whose skins may be brown or white But bravely work for freedom and right? Can you see in its folds mountains and hills Wide flowing rivers and picturesque rills? Fields that are golden with ripening grain And cowboys roaming across the plain? Cities with skyscrapers stately and tall And towns and villages large and small? Farms that supply our tables with food And orchards and forests that yield fruit and wood? These are the things in our flag that I see Symbol of a nation that loves liberty So to our flag let us pledge to be true God bless you and keep you, dear Red, White and Blue

Responsive Reading of the Girl Scout Law: Christian Version
Revised by Sarah Winzer, Girl Scout Troop 518 Vernon Leader: The Girl Scout Law is a guiding light out millions of girls throughout the world today, but the principles of the Law have been brought to us from Ancient times. I will do my best to be honest and fair Proverbs 16:8 and Micah 6:8 It is better to be poor and do what is right then to be wealthy and unfair. The Lord has told you what is good. He has told you what he wants from you: Do what is right to other people. Love being kind to others. And live humbly, trusting your God. Friendly and helpful Proverbs 18:24 and Deuteronomy 15:11 Some friend may ruin you. But a real friend will be more loyal than a brother. There will always be poor people in the land. So I command you to give freely to your brothers. Give freely to the poor & needy in your land. Considerate and caring Proverbs 16:24 and 16:15 Pleasant words are like a honeycomb. They make a person happy and healthy. A king’s kindness can give people life. His kindness is like a spring shower. Courageous and strong Psalms 3:3 and Romans 15:1 But, Lord, you are my shield. You are my wonderful God who gives me courage. We who are strong in faith should help those who are weak. We should help them with their weaknesses, and not please only ourselves.










Responsible for what I say and do Proverbs 10:31,32 and 11:3 A good person says wise things. But a liar’s tongue will be stopped. Good people say the right thing. But the wicked tell lies. Good people will be guided by honesty. But dishonesty will destroy those who are not trustworthy. Respect myself and others Psalm 24:4,5 Only those with clean hands and pure hearts. They must not have worshiped idols. They must not have made promises in the name of a false God. It is they who will receive a blessing from the Lord. The God who saves them will declare them right. Respect authority Proverbs 28:7 The son who obeys what he has been taught shows he is smart. But the son who makes friends with those who have no self control disgraces his father. Use resources wisely Proverbs 6:6 Go watch the ants, you lazy person. Watch what they do and be wise. Make the world a better place Psalm 24:1 The earth and everything in it belong to the Lord. The world and all it’s people belong to him. Be a sister to every Girl Scout Romans 12:9 Your love must be real. Hate what is evil. Hold onto what is good.







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Secret of the Brownie Name
CHARACTERS: MARY BETTY TAILOR GRANDMOTHER THE OWL THE LEADER Once upon a time two sisters named Mary and Betty lived in a little house in the North of England. They lived with their father and their grandmother. Their father was a poor tailor who worked very hard all day. Then, at night, he did the best he could do to clean the house. He swept the stone floor and washed the dishes. He brought in wood and made the fire. (sewing) Bairns are a burden. Bairns are a blessing. Not mine. I’d rather do a thing myself than tell them how to do it. (Children enter bring armful of sticks and throw them on the floor) I’ve swept this floor once today, I’ll not do it again. Put that rubbish out. Pick ‘em up, Mary. (Turns to grandmother) What makes father so cross? He is tired, and you don’t help him. What could I do? Many little things if you tried. What this house needs is a brownie or two. The luck of our house left when the brownies left us. What were the brownies, Granny? Very helpful little persons, my dears. What did they do? They came before the family was up. They cleaned the room and watered the flowers and helped in many other ways. They always ran off before we could see them. But often we heard them dancing about the house. They liked to work and made us all happy with their laughter. Did you pay them, Granny? No, my dear. The brownies help for love. But at night we would put out some bread and milk for them. Where are they now? Only the Wise Old Owl knows, my dear. I don’t. Who is the Wise Old Owl, Granny? I don’t know my dear. My mother used to say that when she could not answer our questions.








Oh, I wish our brownies had not gone away! May we put some bread and milk out for them? Maybe they will come back if we do. They are welcome if they want to come. There is more than enough work for the brownies to do here. Mary and Betty hurried to put out a bowl of bread and milk for the brownies. That night Mary could not sleep. She kept thinking of the brownies. There is an owl living in the big tree near the pond, she thought. Maybe she is the Wise Old Owl. If she is, she can tell me where to find a brownie. After her father had gone to bed and the moon was out, Mary got out of bed and walked softly into the kitchen. There was the bread and milk – but no brownie had touched it. Mary opened the door and went out into the night. She hurried to the pond in the woods. All was still, so still that Mary could hear her heart beating. Then suddenly in the quiet night —




HOOT – HOOT! OH! Why that is an owl. Maybe it is just the one I’m looking for. What do you want? Where can I find a brownie to come and live with us? Well, I know of two brownies. Tell me, tell me! Where do they live? In your house. In our house! Then why don’t they help us? Perhaps they don’t know what has to be done. Just tell me where to find those brownies! I can show them what has to be done. Well, Mary, here is the way to find one of the brownies. Go to the north side of the pond when the moon is out. Turn yourself around three times while you say: Twist me and turn me and show me the elf, I looked in the water and saw ____________. Then look into the pond to see the brownie. At the very same time that you see the brownie you will think of the word that ends the magic rhyme.



The moon is out tonight; I will go this minute! Twist me and turn me and show me the elf, I looked in the water and saw ____________. Why there is no brownie, just me. What did I do that was wrong? And there is no word that seems to rhyme with elf—helf—jelf—melf—How silly! I am supposed to see a brownie and I see only myself! Myself! Myself! But that does rhyme with elf. I shall have to go back to the Wise Old Owl.


Hoooo. What did you see in the pond? I saw nothing but myself. What did you think you would see? A brownie. You told me so. And what are brownies like? Granny says brownies are helpful little people. And the one you saw was not? Are you sure you did not see a brownie? I am not a brownie. Hoot, Hoot! Are you quite sure? Go home and tell Betty about the magic rhyme and maybe together you can find a brownie or two! If you find them, come along with them to our magic Brownie Ring. The Ring meets deep in the woods when the moon is full. There all the brownies talk about the helpful things they have done. And I help them find new things to do. Brownies meet here in these woods? And no one knows about it? Yes, every time the moon is full listen very carefully. You will hear the call to the Brownie Ring: Round and round and round about, Turn about and in and out. Come into the Brownie Ring, Ready for most anything!



The owl told Mary to hold on to him and he would take her home. Wisk! Woosh! Before she knew it, Mary was back in her own little bed. It was almost day. She woke Betty at once and told her what had happened. She told her about the magic rhyme that ended with the word myself. They thought about it a long time. Then they both laughed out loud as they guessed who the brownies were. They tiptoed down to the kitchen. There they did every bit of work they could find to do. They even found the scissors their father had lost a week ago. Then they hurried out of the room as they heard his step.


(enters room, rubs his eyes) Granny! Mary! Betty! Our brownies have come back! The fire is going, the kettle is on, the table is set and the floor is clean. And look, a brownie has even found my scissors! The next morning and for mornings after, the tailor tried to get up early enough to thank the brownies. But he was never able to catch them at their work. One morning, very early, he heard laughter. “It must be the brownies”, he thought. He put on his clothes and went down the stairs. Now he heard the singing too. “This is my chance to thank them,” he said and opened the door to the kitchen. What is this? What have we here? (as they dance around the room) It’s the brownies.




The brownies! Where are the brownies? Here! Here! We are the brownies. But who did all the work? Where are the real brownies? (running to their father) Here. When Granny heard the noise, she came in too. The tailor told her how he had found the brownies. What do you think of it all, Granny? Bairns are a blessing; I told you so. And ever after the tailor’s brownies were the joy of his life. Every day they found more things to do to brighten the little home. Sometimes the tailor wondered how they learned to do so much. But he never found out the answer. For he never saw them creeping out to join the other brownies in the magic Brownie Ring deep in the woods. And that is the secret of the Brownie Girl Scout name. But Brownie is only part of the name, you say. Of course! Your first name tells who you are. Your last name tells who your family is. The name “Girl Scouts” is the family name. When you turn into a Brownie, you also join one of the biggest families of girls in the world – the Girl Scouts.


Senior Girl Scout’s Dedication
The below text was written by a Senior Girl Scout in my Service Unit. She will be a Senior in High School this fall and she wrote this in April 2004 as a dedication to her Mother and Troop Leader, and read it at our Leader Appreciation Dinner. This is being posted with her permission in hopes that it will inspire other Leaders to continue even when their own daughters are pushing them to the quitting point as she says she did a time or two with her own mother when she was a third year Junior. ******************************************************************************* Ever since I can remember, I have been a leader’s daughter. I always thought it was a curse. I mean, who wants to stay at least a half hour after every event and have to get there earlier then everyone else. If you had told me five years ago that being a leader’s daughter was a blessing in disguise, I would have laughed in your face. For some reason people always think that being the leaders daughter entitles you to be favored upon, [you’re] believed if there’s a two-sided story, be picked first, get more, sleep in later, stay up later, and just get treated better. Well unless you mean picked first to be last, get more to do, sleep in the car, stay up later cutting out paper teapots and coloring each one with a different pattern then maybe you’re right. Being a leader’s daughter is not all it is cracked up to [be]. I mean come on. Who wants to wake up the same time you do on a weekday on a Saturday? Not me. Since the dawn of time, I have been a leader’s daughter. It has subjected me to stand up [for myself]. I mean, you cannot be a leader’s daughter and be a follower. It just does not work. It is telling the offspring of a butterfly to be a cat. Just isn’t happening. My mother is one of the strongest women I know. She has kept a level head in the worst of situations. When everything else fails, she is always strong. People forget that leaders are leaders because they want to be. They aren’t paid to [do] it, they don’t get prizes, and sometimes they aren’t even awarded so much as a thank you for all the things they do. Being a leader’s daughter prepares you for the real world. It shows you how to rise up and stand up for what you believe in. If my mother wasn’t a leader, I don’t think I would have turned out the way I have. I am opinionated, too much so at times. I am vocal, also too much at times, and I am strong. I can honestly say that my mother’s being a leader has influenced my life more that she will ever know. For the leaders out there with daughters, remember that you are their mother. Everything you say, everything you do influences them. Whether they are six, or sixteen they look up to you, believe me, they will never admit it on any circumstances, but they do. After all, you are a part of us, regardless of what we say. For the leaders without daughters, you have the girls in your troop that look up to you. I mean I remember being a Daisy, and I looked up to my leader so much. Girl Scouts is not just a once a week meeting and a few camping trips here and there. It’s a way of shaping tomorrow’s youth. Everyone in this room has shaped a girl’s future for the better. I think sometimes girls in the troops don’t realize how much of an impact their leaders, and other girls, have on them. They will look back in a few years and realize that girl scouting has changed their lives. Girl Scouting has changed my life tremendously. I have become the leader that I am today. I like to think Girl Scouting has helped me become the young woman I am today. My mother has helped me become the young woman that I am today. Being a leader’s daughter has helped me become the woman I am today.

Spelling of Girl Scouting
These can be put on pieces of poster board or just read as the girls choose. G I R L S C O U T I N G is for the Gracious way we all proclaim our birth points up the Ideas shared and those we’d like unearthed is for Respect we have for every race and creed is for our Loyalty to promises we heed is for Sincerity of deed and word and mind is for the Countless ways in which these are combined is Obligation that we owe to fellow man means that it’s You who must be first to lend a hand is for the Teamwork which has evidenced our growth is for Integrity which backs the Girl Scout oath is for the Noble way we remember days of old is for the Grateful thanks for efforts toward our goal

Each of these is Girl Scouting What work! What fun! What pride! To recall with admiration And seek with greater stride Receiving all these badges For all that we have done Shows the pride we carry What pride! What work! What fun!

What It Means to be a Girl Scout
Author Unknown Growing to your fullest potential Initiating positive change Respecting differences among people Leading others in a variety of endeavors Sharing your experiences with other girls Caring for the environment Opening doors to the future Undertaking challenges and surpassing expectations Traveling the world Showing others how Girl Scouting enriches your life.

What She Brought Home from Girl Scouts Today
Author Unknown Perhaps when she came home today You asked, “What did you do in Scouts?” When she replied “Nothing but play.” You were filled with doubts! The weeks went by, you asked again She still had no craft to show. Then you began to wonder, Why didn’t they glue or sew? For after all, it’s dues each week, And driving here and there. The uniform, permission slips And cookie sale to share! Ah... but she brought home much better things That no glue or craft could make If only to lend a helping hand When needed for someone’s sake. It’s the caring, sharing, learning, growing The Golden Rule is our thumb For she’ll be the one with the helping hand In the future years to come! You see, although we think of Scouting now, It really isn’t “today”!! It’s the Scouting for tomorrow And to help them explore a new way. So when she comes home the next time, please You can rest with a brand new start For the craft that she’s brought home today Is molded in her heart

Why I’m a Leader
Author Unknown I’m not a Girl Scout leader for the easy hours, high pay, parents’ gratitude, power or prestige. I’m a Leader because I want the world for your Daughter and mine – a world she can share and help shape: a world of love and laughter where she can show compassion. I want to help her learn to finish anything she starts and do it well and to guide her to know her worth with a deeper understanding of herself. I want to help shape women who have strength of character and are sensitive to the needs of others. I want them to be the best they can be - whether as career women or as homemakers, wives and mothers who are the hearts of the family. In giving of my time and myself I reap rewards far beyond what I give. I receive a better world for my children and future generations.

You Never Know
Helen L. Marshall You never know when someone May catch a dream from you You never know when a little word Or something you may do May open up the windows Of a mind that seals a light The way you love, may not matter at all But you never know it might. And just in case it could be That another’s life, through you Might possibly change for the better With a broader and brighter view It seems it might be worth a try At pointing the way to the right Of course it many not matter at all, But then again, it might.

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