Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Today Is the Birthday of the Girl Scout

May 12, 1912 the Girl Scouts of America were founded by Juliette Gordon Low. You know, I was a Girl Scout. I don't just mean for a little while or while I was very young. I joined as a Brownie and was in it straight up through Juniors and Cadettes.
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.
* The word "God" can be interpreted in a number of ways, depending on one's spiritual beliefs. When reciting the Girl Scout Promise, it is okay to replace the word "God" with whatever word your spiritual beliefs dictate.
Of course, this isn't the pledge I recited when I was little. They had no problem with the word "obey". I would pledge to "obey the Girl Scout law". And there was no asterisk after God. In Charlestown in the '60s and '70s, it was clearly understood the "God" there was the same God Father Mahoney and Father Cutress and Father Murphy talked to me about.

1 comment:

Barb said...

I joined as a Junior, and stayed through Cadettes. Had a blast :-)