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Believe in Girl Scouting


With deepest apologies to borrowing Francis Church’s iconic editorial “Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus” to talk about the magic of Girl Scouts and the legacy of Juliette Gordon Low.

Our world has been affected by the skepticism of a skeptical age. They do not believe except what they see.

Yes, America, there are Girl Scouts. We certainly exist as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist, and you know that they abound and give to your life its highest beauty and joy. Alas! How dreary would be the world be if there were no Girl Scouts. It would be as dreary as if there were no Thin Mints. There would be no childlike faith then, no poetry, no Trefoils to make tolerable this existence. We should have no enjoyment, except in sense and sight. The eternal light with which Daisies give the world would be extinguished.

Not believe in Girl Scouts! You might as well not believe in Samoas! The most real things in the world are those that neither children nor humans can see. Did you ever see fairies dancing on the lawn? Of course not, but that’s no proof that they are not there. Nobody can conceive or imagine all the wonders there are unseen and unseeable in the world.

You may tear apart the baby’s rattle and see what makes the noise inside, but there is a veil covering the unseen world which not the strongest nonbeliever could tear apart. Only faith, fancy, poetry, love, romance, can push aside that curtain and view and picture the supernal beauty and glory beyond. Is it all real? Ah, America, in all this world there is nothing else so real and abiding as to what Juliette started March 12, 1912.

No Girl Scouts! Thank Goodness! They live and they live forever. A thousand years from now, America, nay, 10x10,000 years from now, Girl Scouts will continue to make glad the heart of childhood.

Again thank you Mr Church for letting me borrow your golden words to make a point.

America believes in Girl Scouting and when they do, more Girls of courage, confidence come true. Believing is an acceptance—it is your reality you decide to embark on.

Juliette Gordon Low believed in Girls and their ability to lead, to make a difference, to chart their own course regardless what society thought of them, in a time, when girls were not treated with equality and were not allowed to vote across America.  Juliette also believed in diversity, diversity in all the manner we see it today, and introduced that with her first troop of 18. 108 years later—that belief in diversity, that belief in the the power of an individual girl to reach out and cause a butterfly effect, the consequences of which reverberate in a household, a school or community for a long time coming.  Having personally testified to 15 Girl Scout's projects over the last year, I know Juliette’s vision has been realized.  

It is on us now, the half million volunteers, the thousands of Council staff, and the million Girl Scouts to carry that vision forward. Armed with Girl Scout cookies, a story of STEM success, outdoor tales that are all true, and many life skill moments, we as a movement are equipped to make the 21st century our century!

All we have to do is believe in Girl Scouting. Alas! How dreary would be the world be if there were no Girl Scouts? How dreary indeed.

I believe deeply…may the rest of the world believe too? 2020, here we come!

--Brian Newberry, GSEWNI CEO