I fondly remember my first days as a Girl Scout. There were meetings with my friends, camping trips, and selling those delicious cookies. So when the time came, I was quick to sign my daughter up, too, hoping she’d have the same wonderful experiences that I did.
If you’re considering signing your kindergartner or first grader up to be a Girl Scout Daisy, don’t delay. There are so many benefits to a childhood shared with the Girl Scouts.
Building confidence and self-esteem
In addition to sharing the sisterhood of Girl Scouts with my daughter, one of the primary reasons that I decided to sign her up for Daisies was because I wanted to help build her confidence and self-esteem. While she wasn’t a quiet child, she was more of a follower. I wanted to enroll her in an organization that would help nurture her confidence. According to the Girl Scouts website, this is one of the “core qualities of girl scouting.”
Encouraging positive relationships with other girls
In today’s day and age, there seem to be few opportunities for young girls to get together outside of school without being in competition with one another. I want my daughters to build positive relationships and lifelong friendships with other girls their age, and they’re able to do it at their bimonthly Daisy meetings and extra activities like World Thinking Day.
Reinforcing our family values outside of the home
All Girl Scouts live by the Girl Scout Promise and Law. The Girl Scout Promise puts a focus on God and country, both important to my husband and I and a central focus in our home. The Girl Scout Law encourages girls to help others, strive to make the world a better place, be honest, caring, and more, all of which also align with my family’s ideals. Daisies are a wonderful organization to help teach these beliefs outside of the home.
Focus on fun & activity
My daughter actually loves going to her Daisy meetings-there’s no pulling teeth to get her to go and participate. On weeks when there’s no meeting, she’s disappointed. She loves her troop leaders (all volunteers) and playing with her friends. She’s learning, crafting, doing, and sharing when she’s there. She tells me everything she did and learned when she gets home. She enjoys Daisy Girl Scouts.
All the other reasons matter, but ultimately, it’s this last one that’s the reason my daughter’s a Girl Scout. I’m happy to let her continue her scouting career as long as this one’s true.
To learn more about girl scouting, Daisies, or to get information about joining, please visit http://girlscouts.org.