When I was a young girl every Thursday morning I put on the same light brown dress with a dark brown sash that was covered in patches. I topped it off with a matching dark brown beret. I was cute. I was proud. I was a brownie. Brownies were the younger group of Girl Scouts. If you're not familiar with it, Girl Scouts USA or GSUSA is a youth organization for girls that is and always has been run by women. The organization aims to empower girls and to help teach values such as honesty, fairness, courage, compassion, character, sisterhood, confidence, entrepreneurship, and citizenship through activities including camping, community service, learning first aid, and earning badges by acquiring practical skills.
The organization was made up of many small groups all over the world. The groups were called troops and they were numbered. Your troop was referred to by their number and the girls were required to wear their troop number on their sash. There were weekly meetings, ours was on Thursdays. At these meetings we learned lessons about humanity, social causes, community and practical skills. Girl Scouts' achievements are recognized through rank advancement and by various special awards such as the Girl Scout Bronze, Silver, and Gold Awards.
Speaking of bronze, silver and gold, as a Brownie my troop would sing a song at the end of every troop meeting. These are some of the words: "Make new friends but, keep the old. One is silver and the other's gold." At the time I didn't truly understand what those words meant but, over this lifetime I have made many friends. Work friends, school friends neighborhood friends and family friends but, the friends that I value the most are the friends that know me best. The old friends. The gold friends.