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Girl Scouts of the USA

Girl Scouts of the United States of America (GSUSA), commonly referred to as simply Girl Scouts, is a youth organization for girls in the United States and American girls living abroad. Founded by Juliette Gordon Low in 1912, it was organized after Low met Robert Baden-Powell, the founder of Scouting, in 1911. Upon returning to Savannah, Georgia, she telephoned a distant cousin, saying, "I've got something for the girls of Savannah, and all of America, and all the world, and we're going to start it tonight!"

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I have been a Girl Scout for 12 years. I know what you all are thinking, "Girl Scout? Isn't that for little kids?". That's where you're wrong. It's an vast international organization with members of all different ages. I've devoted 12 years of my life to it so I know what I'm talking about. It is a fantastic organization and I recently purchased lifetime membership because I love it so much. I encourage every girl to try it. It influenced me immensely (for the better, I would like to believe) and has changed me life.

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With Girl Scouting, I have learned business aspects, first aid tactics, and ways to research and learn. During cookie sales, the business aspects I learned were how to respectfully ask people if they would like to buy/pre-order their cookies both in front of the grocery store or post office and going door-to-door during pre-orders. There was a lot of money management skills needed in cookie sales. We needed to keep track of the money we collected and to mark who we got it from as well as giving them the correct change. While I was selling cookies over the years I had built a cookie base, I was one of the girls who sold the most cookies in my troop, then one year I was one of two girls who sold the most throughout the council with 1.004 boxes of cookies, and I enjoyed it. I would go door-to-door, ask my parents' and family's work, my fellow students, my teachers, family friends and made notes for the bags I bagged the cookies in saying thank you, their total and if they paid and my house phone if they wanted to order more. I enjoyed it a lot and the enjoyment of cookie sales has pushed me into wanting to own a business and make people happy.

Contributed by Cassie Leyba

I have been a Girl Scout since I was in first grade, so I am starting my fifteenth year in Girl Scouts. My troop has been a family to me, we've went through elementary school, middle school, and high school together and now we are all going to go to college in the fall. I cannot imagine my life without my fellow Girl Scouts, we've sold cookies together, camped together, got sunburned together and so much more! Every year, my fellow Girl Scouts and I go back to camp in the beginning of August in order to take care of the younger girls while they camp, make friends, do crafts, learn about the wilderness, earn a badge, and hopefully share with them the happiness of Girl Scouting.

Contributed by Cassie Leyba

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