Girl Scouting and Leadership: A Dynamic Duo
by Girl Scout Ambassador, Katie from Riverton, Utah
“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” – John Quincy Adams
In school I was taught about a dynamic duo. A dynamic duo is two things that coincide with each other. You cannot have one without the other. Over the years, I have learned that girl scouting is always combined with leadership. These two are a dynamic duo. My own personal experiences with Girl Scouts have led me to be a better leader and to be prepared for well, life!
In the summer of 2008 my Girl Scout troop went to Portland, Oregon and San Francisco, California. We planned the trip for about a year in advance. We had to figure out all sorts of things such as cost for gas, room and board, food and extra activities. We did a lot of research and a lot of fundraising. We used our cookie sales for part of our cost. We also held a garage sale. We took time to make posters and hung them around Riverton City and asked for donations to our garage sale. We even had a very unexpected guest: Jerry Sloan, the head coach of the Utah Jazz. We were successful and raised enough money to go on our trip. We also had to keep our own money on the side to spend on souvenirs. We had to keep track of that money and plan to make sure we had enough for all the things we were doing. It taught us to be responsible for our own things and in turn, how to be a leader.
Something very essential to being a leader is looking out for others. From daisies to seniors, Girl Scouts are taught to always have a buddy. I have learned that no matter how old you get, this is a very important concept. The world can be dangerous, but it can be a lot safer if you have someone with you. You look out for each other. Again, it’s a form of leadership; understanding when you need to get partner or a buddy.
My leadership skills have also improved outside of Girl Scouts. I have played volleyball for seven years and I love it. I also love to help other girls learn to play. As a high school athlete, my teams have always held camps for younger girls. Those girls come to learn and they look up to us older girls. We have to be leaders, and good ones at that. For the past two years I have been an assistant coach to my little sister’s team at St. Andrews Elementary School. Girl Scouts showed me how to be not only a leader to those kids, but a totally positive influence on them.
As it says in the Girl Scout Law, “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…” This law is very important to me. You have to have all of these character traits in order to be a good leader. That is Girl Scouts’ main purpose; to teach girls and women to be strong. To be leaders in every situation, whether it be at home, at school, or in a career setting.
Leadership is something that is learned over time. Being in Girl Scouts for 11 years has taught me what it really takes. And I still have lots of room to improve. Every person does. But Girl Scouts gets us started. It puts us women on the right path to be successful in this world. Girl Scouting builds confidence. Girl Scouts are leaders. This I know because, “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” – John Quincy Adams