Girl Scout Oath Makes Some Bristle

Katy Grimes: On the 100th Anniversary of the Girl Scouts, the California Legislature honored the organization with a resolution today, by Assemblyman Bob Wieckowski, D-Fremont. The resolution notes “the Girl Scouts’ century-long commitment to building girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place,” Weickowski said.

Juliette “Daisy” Gordon Low assembled 18 girls from Savannah, Georgia, on March 12, 1912, for a local Girl Scout meeting. She believed that all girls should be given the opportunity to develop physically, mentally, and spiritually. With the goal of bringing girls out of isolated home environments and into community service and the open air, Girl Scouts hiked, played basketball, went on camping trips, learned how to tell time by the stars, and studied first aid, according to the Girl Scouts of America website.

That is exactly what the Girl Scouts did for me. I was a Brownie and Girl Scout many years ago, and as Assemblywoman Linda Halderman did during the Assembly session today, I can still recite the Girl Scout Promise:

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.

As legislators waxed nostalgic about the Girl Scouts, speaking of their daughters who are or have been girl scouts, none mentioned the Girl Scout Law or Promise…. until Assemblyman Anthony Portantino, D-La Canada/Flintridge asked colleagues to “do your best” to practice the tenets of the Girl Scout Law:

I will do my best to be
honest and fair,
friendly and helpful,
considerate and caring,
courageous and strong, and
responsible for what I say and do,
and to 
respect myself and others,
respect authority,
use resources wisely,
make the world a better place, and
be a sister to every Girl Scout.

If only more legislators were considerate and caring, courageous and strong, and responsible for what they say and do, the world would be a better place, and California wouldn’t be in such a devistating economic, and corrupt mess.

MAR. 12, 2012

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