Life Lesson | On my honor I will try, to serve God and my country, to help people at all times, and to live by the Girl Scout Law.

I know that’s more than one life lesson. It’s a code, baby, that still resonates with how I try to lead my life and what is important to me.

Girls Scouts was one of the best things in my young childhood. As I tried to navigate an emotionally trying elementary school bullying, outside of school I found friendship and kinship with others.

I developed a strong love of nature. A love for camping. A love for cross-stitch. And a serious love for badges, I have to admit. I still gaze at merit badges covetuously. In fact, last year I bought the book, You Can Do It! the Merit Badge Handbook for Grown-Up Girls, so I could still be earning badges.

Hmmm maybe I also learned the lesson of a reward system.

But no matter, the life lesson of serving people and my community, even with just general everyday kindness and generosity, is important to me. A lesson I’m passing down to my son. And I eagerly await his time together in the Scouts.

I so appreciate learning to be honorable at a young age. It was more than being nice in front of adult. Rather, about having integrity. When others aren’t there to see me, will I pick up the trash? Will I offer assistance to the elderly? The answer is yes. And yes.

Thank you, Girl Scouts.

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