My Stories: Laura Rajsic-Lanier

All Girl Scouts have moments that will remain with them forever. These are a few of my stories. If you have stories you’d like to share, please send them to me along with your name and I’ll create a “My Stories” PDF for you and include it with our Girl Scout Traditions set.

G for Generosity: Original Version
My Junior Girl Scout troop wrote and performed this song in a talent show in the late 1970s. There are many versions that I have heard and seen since coming back to Girl Scouts when my oldest daughter became a Brownie. The original holds a spot in my heart as one of the good moments in my youth, even with my “being terrified” of performing in front of strangers. She She She She wears wears wears wears a G for Generosity an I for Interest, too an R for Responsibility an L for loyalty, for loyalty

She wears an S for Scouts all around the world She wears a C for Courtesy She wears an O-U-T for Outdoor life, Outdoor life And that’s the kind of girl I want to be. Girl Scouts!

From Shy to Confidence
Each year, we would allow any girl to come to our Brownie meetings without registering in September to “see what it’s like.” We had one girl who came and didn’t seem to want to participate the first meeting. She sat by herself and didn’t talk to anyone. The next week, her mother came with her. She explained that her daughter really wanted to be a Girl Scout, but she didn’t get off work until our meeting ended. I agreed to stay until she arrived. I appreciated that she asked and wanted to make arrangements for her daughter. As the year went on, our new Brownie participated more. She went from running awkwardly, like she didn’t know how, to keeping up with the other girls. The girls picked a swimming party to celebrate the end of the year and she came, even though she had never swam before. She hung on the side of the pool, afraid to let go. The other girls coaxed her out into the water and by the end, she was moving around the shallow end, careful but more comfortable than when she started.

The beginning of her second year, her mom wanted to talk after our first meeting. She thanked me. Previously, her daughter spent the entire summer indoors reading. It was her favorite hobby. She had no desire to play outside. After our swimming party, she and her mom went to the local water park every weekend that summer. Her mom was so happy that her daughter was going outside to play. In addition, that year, she tried out for a part in the school’s spring play. She was awarded a speaking part. She learned confidence by participating, by going outside her comfort zone. Girl Scouts helped her build confidence.

Bronze Award
Three of my Juniors decided they wanted to do their Bronze Award together. Two wanted to do an outdoors project, the oldest wanted to work with a nursing home. She had participated in the “Adopt a Grandparent” program at the nursing home she recommended and wanted to continue working with them, but become more involved. Eventually, the oldest talked the other two into doing something at a nursing home. After much discussion with each other and their families, they decided they’d each run two events at the nursing home. They would do one event each month, covering six months. The idea was they would run their first event and use that experience to do a better second event. The oldest volunteered to go first. They ended up doing two craft events, one caroling event, one BINGO event and a New Year’s Eve Party with a magician. At the last scheduled event, they decided they wanted to do one last event and do BINGO again since that was what the residents enjoyed the most. They asked for donations, made small items to decorate rooms, etc. The last event they held was the best one they did. Over the seven months, sometimes they left overjoyed. Sometimes in tears. The tears were not because they were sad. They were because the girls were connecting with the residents. I watched the girls hand out items they had made after the event to residents who didn’t attend. More than once, residents first explained that they couldn’t pay for the items. When the girls insisted they take it, the residents would cry and thank them profusely. The girls didn’t realize how that small gesture made such an impact on the residents. In return, the experience left an impact on the girls.

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