I became a Girl Scout when I was in the third grade. My mom was my leader because she was a Girl Scout in her youth. She wanted me to have the same experiences. It was the best thing I ever did. I was a Scout all the way through Seniors then became a Campus Girl Scout and a leader for a Cadette Troop. I took five years off (wish I hadn’t) and when my daughter was 9 months old became a Cadette Leader again. That lasted for 26 years but I continued on as a trainer and various other things. I am currently the leader of a Brownie (soon to be Junior) Troop. In total that amounts to 58 years of Girl Scouting! As you can see it has been a huge influence in my life. I learned values, understanding, the joy and importance of giving and lending a hand to others. Girl Scouts is a terrific program for girls to learn about themselves and others. It teaches them so many things. I cannot foresee a world without it.