A few months ago, I had never heard of Daisy Girl Scouts. When I attended an informational meeting, ready to sign Big Sister up for a fun after-school activity, I learned that a very small group of moms would have to start a troop from scratch if we wanted to give our girls the opportunity to participate in Girl Scouts. So now Big Sister and I are learning about Daisy Scouts together. She's learning about becoming a "girl of courage, confidence, and character, who makes the world a better place." I'm learning about being a mama of time management, patience, and flexibility as I squeeze two new roles -- Badge Work Coordinator and Assistant Troop Leader -- into my already busy life. There have been some ups and downs for the adults involved, but the girls love it. And that makes every bit of the challenge worth it.
In April, the girls received their uniforms, which they got to wear to school on the day of their investiture ceremony. They were so proud and excited. This is Big Sister, before she left for school that morning.
The investiture ceremony took place after school, and it stopped raining just long enough for the girls to receive their Daisy Scout pins and become official Girl Scouts. Big Sister was first to be pinned.
There were refreshments, including a beautiful cake donated by Two Saints Bakery.
Oma even came for the special day!
Not long after that, Big Sister and I joined thousands of other Girl Scouts at the state Capitol to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Girl Scouts. We learned a lot, sang a lot, and ate birthday cupcakes. Best of all, Big Sister was one of more than 3,000 Girl Scouts who linked arms across acres of the Capitol grounds in a giant friendship circle, singing Make New Friends and waiting for their hand squeeze and turn to make a wish.
That's what it's all about -- making new friends, coming together to achieve something big and growing in the process, and doing our part to make the world a better place.