The Mindful Living Network is proud to again congratulate the Girl Scouts of the United States of America for the incredible work they continue to do in our world. We continue to recognize the Girl Scouts as a Mindful Company and as a great aid for young girls learning financial literacy skills. This organization does a lot of good across the country and with their 105th anniversary coming up there are many ways for our Mindful community to celebrate.
Girl Scout History
Girl Scouts Day honors the day in which the founder, Juliette Gordon Low, officially registered the first troop in Savannah, Georgia on March 12, 1912. Low was inspired to start the Girl Scouts after meeting with Sir Robert Baden-Powell, the founder of the Boy Scouts. She started with a troop of just 18 members, but she had a strong purpose from the start. Her goal was to reach “across class, cultural, and ethnic boundaries to ensure all girls, including those with so-called disabilities, had a place to grow and develop their leadership skills.”
It’s been 90 years since Juliette Gordon Low’s death and the organization is still going strong. Today, there are 2.7 million active Girl Scouts (1.9 million children and 800,000 adult members). There are also more than 59 million alumnae in the United States.
Support the Girl Scouts
Would you like to support the Girls Scouts with their mindful endeavors? No problem! Listed below are two Mindful tips that you might find helpful.
- Buy their cookies! All net revenue from the cookie sales goes to help troops and in return, you get a delicious box of cookies. It’s a win-win situation. If you haven’t seen any Girl Scouts in your area selling cookies, don’t worry. Use the Girl Scout’s new Digital Cookie Platform! Type in your zip code and find out where and when Girl Scouts will be selling cookies in your area.
- Volunteer! The Girl Scouts are always looking for volunteers. You can volunteer with a local troop, help with one of their events, or get involved with one of their series programs. Do you love camping? Consider helping with a local troop’s camping trip. The process is easier than you think. Once your application is submitted and accepted, you’ll get volunteer training on everything you need to know.
Bonus. Raise awareness. The Girl Scouts has a Public Policy and Advocacy Office that works with Congress to raise awareness about issues important to girls in America. This year, join the Girl Scouts in spreading awareness about these important issues. Their 2017 legislative agenda includes stopping bullying, increasing STEM opportunities, and promoting cross-cultural learning opportunities.