Happy Birthday!

She was kind of a stern looking woman, wasn’t she?  But as far as role models for girls go, she’s pretty awesome.

Juliette Gordon Low . . .

  • stood on her head at every birthday just to prove she could do it.
  • helped organize a convalescent hospital during the Spanish American War.
  • started Girl Scouts when she was in her 50s.
  • welcomed girls of all nationalities and abilities into Girl Scouts at a time when this was not done.
  • encouraged girls to not only learn about homemaking in the 1920s, but also science and business.
  • flew in some of the earliest powered planes.
  • would frequently use her deafness to pretend not to hear when someone tried to get out of doing work for the Girl Scouts. (I wish I could use this sometimes . . .)
  • acted fearlessly, compassionately, and intelligently at all times.  And had a great sense of humor, too.

Happy birthday, Juliette, and thank you for bringing into being an organization that means so much to me and my daughter.

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Camping SWAPs

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A lot of the camping SWAPs are the same thing you see twenty million times (like the bedroll and marshmallow on a stick above).  If you have a particularly unique one, I would love it if you posted a link or a pic in the comments!