In 1911, Juliette "Daisy" Gordon Low was widowed and completely unsure of what to do with her life when a chance meeting changed her course forever. Determined and inspired by a belief that young girls and women should be taught to rely not on their husbands and fathers but on themselves, Daisy founded the Girl Scouts of the USA the next year.
One hundred years later, Daisy's life lessons still motivate and encourage thousands of young girls and women across the country through the Girl Scout organization. Shannon Henry Kleiber gives Daisy's classic, timeless advice a modern focus that is sure to inspire women of all generations. learn from Daisy's words of wisdom and strive to:
- Know Yourself and Be Yourself
- Love Living Things
- Give to Others
- Be a Sister
- Challenge Yourself
"Have you ever stopped to think that your most constant companion throughout life will be yourself? You will always have this body, this mind, and this spirit that you call 'I,'" — How Girls Can Help Their Country (1916)
About the Author
Former Girl Scout and current Troop Leader, Shannon Henry Kleiber, is the mother of two daughters who have thrived over recent years through their membership in the Girl Scouts of America and its positive encouragement for young girls to grow into well-rounded women. While researching the woman behind the organization, Kleiber soon discovered how Daisy Gordon Low’s self- motivation and infectious personality have positively influenced millions of young girls and grown women who at one point or another have called themselves a Girl Scout.
My Take on the Book
As a co-leader of a girl scout troop I have to say that this book provided me with a ton of additional insight into the woman behind the overall organization. On top of this though the author brought forth some very humorous anecdotes about her own experiences as a Girl Scout leader. I could relate on some of the same experiences (at least some of them) and I have some others that I would have added if I had written the book myself. What I liked most was the fact that the book was so well researched and it brings the reader so much closer to the organization as well as to the history behind it and how all of this fits together into the lessons that the Girl Scout organization stands for.
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