From Girl Scout to Derby Girl

At our upcoming bout this Saturday, April 13, Texas Rollergirls will shine the spotlight on one of our favorite girl-empowerment nonprofit organizations: Girl Scouts.  There will be more than 300 Girl Scouts and their families joining us for the double header!  Here’s what our heavy hitter – Headless Highness –  has to say about her experience as a Girl Scout.

I love Girl Scouts, and was a member all the way until I graduated from high school. While I certainly did a lot of the “stereotypical” scouting activities (like crafts and of course, selling cookies), I also learned a lot of valuable life skills – how to work with others in difficult situations, how to work as a team, and how to be a leader. What I learned from scouting benefits me to this day!

Derby Girl Scout, Headless Highness. Photo by Bill Delp Photography, Savannah, IL.

I started Girl Scouts with a lot of my friends as a Brownie in third grade. We’d meet in our school gym, sit in a circle, have snacks, and do badge projects in the cafeteria. One of the best parts was getting together with the other troops in town at the local community center. When I became a Junior, my troop morphed to include girls from other elementary schools in town, which was great because I got to know people outside of my 20-person class. We started to work with the Brownies, and helped plan and put on a haunted house every year for our Service Unit. Badge activities got more challenging and required us to meet people in the community and think more critically. One of the most fun things my troop did as a Junior was taking a trip to Chicago (from eastern Iowa) to visit Shedd Aquarium and the Museum of Science and Industry. I was in sixth grade, I think, and it was THE BEST. In my Junior and Cadette years, I started going to Girl Scout camp, which allowed me to go backpacking on Isle Royale in Lake Superior and through the Porcupine Mountains on the upper peninsula of Michigan. We practiced responsible camping, and saw moose and bears in the wild. It was incredible. The songs we sang were totally silly, but I still remember probably 90% of them.

The meat and potatoes of my Girl Scout experience was in high school, as a Cadette and Senior Girl Scout. By high school, most people think scouting is no longer cool. You get really busy. People start talking to you about driving and college, among other things. It’s too bad, because this was the time scouting taught me the most. My troop was a group of 5-6 girls, led by a mom and my high school French teacher. We learned critical skills, like budgeting and how to write a resume, things that would help us with life in general and help us with college applications. Our group was incredibly service-oriented, making meals for families at the Ronald McDonald House and planning and holding a three-day day camp for the younger girls in our Service Unit. Each of us earned our Gold Award, the highest award in Girl Scouting. The achievement took A LOT of work. To celebrate, we took the cookie money we’d been saving up and flew to New York City, where we saw 42nd Street on Broadway.

I’m incredibly proud of my time as a Girl Scout, and proud of the organization as a whole. Girls today face a challenging world, but my experience as a Girl Scout has helped me navigate it. I’m thrilled that we’ll have so many local scouts with us on Saturday night!

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  • April 11th, 2013
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  1. Briana
    Posted April 11, 2013 at 1:10 pm | Permalink

    It’s great to hear from girls who grew up in scouting and have become strong, caring, confident, women in our community. You are awesome! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Brian
    Posted April 13, 2013 at 2:40 pm | Permalink

    Good to hear a scouting story without abuse or sexual identity seeking involved.

    Experiences like these in nature and society will improve the quality of life and demonstrate there is a world for women beyond shopping malls and Housewife TV shows.

    Women are the majority in society and their development and educational opportunities should not be neglected.

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