Being a Girl Scout imparts valuable life lessons

Lucy BranamOur Town Youth, West Knoxville

The Girl Scout Law is the most sacred statute of the organization.

Every Girl Scout – from Daisies to Ambassadors – recites the Girl Scout Promise and Girl Scout Law at the beginning of troop meetings, inside the Friendship Circle, at Girl Scout ceremonies and any event in between, agreeing to live by the organization’s values.

The Girl Scout Law states:

“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.”

The sentiment is simple, yet anyone involved the organization knows its impact extends well beyond Girl Scouts. The members of Troop 20781 not only understand its significance, but they also follow it outside the organization. Keyianna Flack, the troop’s administrator, sees her Girl Scouts, who range from first-grade Daisies to fifth-grade Juniors at West Hills Elementary School, live the law each day.

“Being a Girl Scout is more than earning badges and selling cookies. It’s about your heart and character out in the world,” Flack said.

Troop 20781 members show they are honest and fair when they choose to share with a classmate. They are friendly and helpful when a new girl joins the troop. The Girl Scouts showed consideration and care when they made and delivered Christmas ornaments for each resident at a local nursing home.

“Seeing growth in each of the girls is what makes Girl Scouts so special,” Flack said. “I encourage anyone interested in Girl Scouts to sign up. Give your child the chance to develop strong relationships, learn life lessons and strengthen morals that will help them in their future.”

If you are involved in Girl Scouts or would like to learn more, visit The Girl Scouts of Southern Appalachians at an open house on Thursday, Sept. 30, from 6-8 p.m. at 1567 Downtown West Blvd., in Knoxville.

Council staff will offer tours of the leadership center, and special activities will be available for girls. Text the word “JOIN” to 59618 or send an e-mail to [email protected]

Lucy Branam is creative manager for Girl Scouts of the Southern Appalachians.

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