It’s “Girl Scout Spirit Day!”

One of my friends posted a couple of photos of her two daughters wearing Girl Scout T-shirts for “Girl Scout Spirit Day.” A very cursory search of the Internets tells me very little about what the purpose of this day is other than wearing Girl Scout uniforms/attire/naughty girl scout cosplay outfits/nothing but Thin Mint crumbs all over your entire body. I kid, I kid! Now where’s YOUR mind going (you filthy animals you)?

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Me in third grade. Yes, I could take a better picture of this one but you all have to deal with this blurry one instead (bwa ha ha I am so evil). My mom made me wear my brownie uniform on picture day because she claimed I had “nothing nice to wear.”

Hey, I’ll bite! I was in Brownies/Girl Scouts from roughly 1978 to 1983. Selling cookies was only part of the scouting experience. It was SUCH hard work to give over the cookie forms to my dad to take to work so he could goad all of his co-workers at the Buick City shop to “buy my daughter’s cookies or…else!” God it was SO exhausting! My mom didn’t want me going door to door to sell cookies because there were “weirdoes” out there. I grew up in a very rural area where it was not uncommon to see cars out in people’s yards in various states of repair/disrepair, so perhaps Mom was right! My dad did his part by buying two cases of Thin Mints every cookie sale!

While having my dad sell cookies for me at his workplace was quite fun, the best parts of scouting were the camp-outs. I camped in tents, lodges, yurts, you name it!

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Me at Camp O’Fair Winds near Lapeer, MI in 1981, where I stayed for two-week engagements in the summers of 1981, 1982 and 1983. The site of this camp was auctioned off a few years ago. Kind of sad! Proof that my dad worked for Buick! This T-shirt was a hand-me-down from my older brother.

While the camping, the singing and even putting little skits at the annual “March Program”  was certainly fun, scouting was not without its certain “rituals,” which sometimes involved candles…and sacrificing farm animals (JK, JK)!

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A friend of mine who is a Girl Scout leader says that the 13 candles here represent the 10 tenets of the Girl Scout Law, and the three candles represent the points of the Girl Scout promise. Is it just coincidence that it adds up to 13, the standard number of witches in a coven? Inquiring minds want to know! I remember having to memorize the GS law/promise for this ceremony, which would explain my slight look of terror, lol… Also, if you look closely, you will see red carpet, which matched the drapes – literally.

 

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