What it’s like to be a Girl Scout in Syria

Maclean’s magazine has a excellent article this week on what it is like to be a Girl Scout in Syria. What it’s like to be a Girl Scout in Syria  The organization is small there as it was banned for much of the 80’s and 90’s but it sounds like they offer the girls they do have a great program.  I’m am very glad that I don’t have to teach my girls the best way to stay safe during an aerial bombing though.


Why I’m a Girl Scout leader

But you and I know that the fun, the games, the adventures are only a means in Girl Scouting — a means to a most important end. These are the tools we use to help girls grow into happy and resourceful citizens …

This doesn’t happen in a day, or in a year, or maybe not even in two of three. For that reason Girl Scouting should be a special ingredient in the lives of girls — seven through seventeen. And it can … That’s why I’m a Girl Scout leader.
– Debbie Reynolds

The Golden Eaglet

The Golden Eaglet is a silent film made by Girl Scouts in 1918.  It was apparently shown in theaters across the US.  It follows the adventures of two girls as they join Girl Scouts and learn the skills necessary to earn their Golden Eaglet award.

Watching this film now I was struck by both how much has changed and yet stayed the same about Guiding in 100 years.  We still teach our girls communication skills, first aid, camping etc.   Yet, I can’t imagine our girls today taking over the home of an invalid, or being sent to flag down a train by herself.

Mental Health Awareness

This is a challenge developed for Girl Scouts by the International Bipolar Association.

With approximately 1 in 4 people in the U.S. diagnosed with a mental illness, awareness of those impacted is also growing.

The opportunity to learn about mental health is consistent with the Girl Scout organization’s dedication to the health and well-being of all girls. In earning the patch, Girl Scouts:

  • Learn how the brain impacts mental health
  • Explore how discrimination against the mentally ill makes it difficult to seek help
  • Learn about many great achievers who experienced mental illness
  • Research how the mentally ill are portrayed in the media
  • Create anti-stigma campaign activities

To get information on the challenge you need to fill out the form at: Girl Scouts Mental Health Awareness Patch
They will apparently even send you the patch for free once you complete the challenge.