I was a Scout years ago, before the movement started, when my father took me fishing, camping and hunting. Then I was sorry that more girls could not have what I had. When I learned of the movement, I thought, here is what I always wanted other girls to have.
– Lou Henry Hoover
Lord Baden-Powell always referred to his scheme as the “game of Scouting” because he wanted it to mean fun and adventure. But to foster the self-discipline of the young Scouts, he also developed a code of ethics in their own terms-the Scout Promise and Laws. He was convinced that a program built around the comradeship of the group, so natural to children, and guided by the Scout Promise would result in an esprit de corps that would bring out the best in every member.
– from the Girl Scout Leader’s Guide, 1955
The promise binds the Girl Scouts together as nothing else could do. It is a promise each girl voluntarily makes; it is not a rule of her family nor a command from her school nor a custom of her church. She is not forced to make it-she deliberately chooses to do so, and experience has shown that she fulfills her promise.
– from the Girl Scout Handbook, 1929.
Each goal attained was like a new badge. Guiding taught me to see goals and achieve them.
– Dr. Roberta Bondar, first Canadian woman is space
Guiding gave me self-respect and a sense of ability to do things. It helped give me confidence as an adult to follow my heart.
Heather Bishop, Canadian folk singer and social activist
Guiding was invaluable in the way it helped to develop leadership skills. It gave me confidence in myself.
– Kathy Kreiner, Canadian Olympic gold medalist in skiing
For a young Guide, Guiding was a feeling of togetherness and team spirit, which led to lasting friendships.
– Sheila Copps, Canadian politician and author
My Guide leader taught me about kindness, helping others and integrity and honour.
– Dini Petty, Canadian journalist and TV personality
Camping with Guides was an experience in learning to live with other people that I’ll never forget.
– Doris Anderson, Canadian journalist
Guiding opened me to the needs of the individual, the community and of the world.
– Dr. Margaret Catley-Carlson, Canadian career diplomat and executive officer
Guiding helped me to develop leadership skills, self-confidence and appreciation of others.
– Jean Augustine, Canadian politician, first black woman elected to the Canadian House of Commons
Guiding provided me with a sense of belonging and achievement. Also teamwork, self-discipline and new skills.
– Maureen McTeer, Canadian lawyer
[In Guiding] I felt a sense of camaraderie and community I have kept all my life.
– Andrea Martin, Canadian Actress
Being in a leadership position does not make you a leader. …Leaders are identified by a community. You become identified as a leader when others recognize that you contribute to some meaningful change. 2005
– Akuda Benjamin, Social activist