Girl Scout Leadership Lessons

Juliette Gordon Low founded the Girl Scouts in Savannah, Georgia in 1912. Disabled and single (her husband died before her divorce proceedings against him were finalized), she largely self-funded her vision of an organization that would teach all girls self-sufficiency. A social justice pioneer, she integrated black girls into the movement from the beginning. Over 100 years later I count myself and my own daughter as two of the millions that have benefitted from Juliette's mission: building girls of courage, confidence, and character. This is why I'm proud to volunteer for the Girl Scouts USA board, which gathered this week. My top Girl Scout leadership lessons? Make new friends but keep the old, leave the campground better than you found it, and when all else confident you've got enough ingenuity to cook French Toast on a can.