How does a political scientist wind up as a Girl Scout historian? It is not as big a leap as you might think. Political science deals with the balance of power, center-periphery relations, identity, ideology, and symbolism, which can be useful tools for studying any social group, like Girl Scouts.
While I use this background and perspective to think about Girl Scout issues, some days I just want to focus on classic uniforms, beautifully designed badges, and the latest cookie flavors. I promise to avoid jargon and professor-speak–Scout’s honor.
Instead, I hope readers come away understanding that there is so much more to Girl Scouting than just cookies. I want girls to realize to discover the world of Girl Scouting beyond their troops. There are millions of women who have worn similar uniforms and sung the same songs and made the same promise for over 100 years, and I hope today’s Girl Scouts get a feeling of that sisterhood that they are now a part of.
As chair of the Archives and History Committee of the Girl Scout Council of the Nation’s Capital, I am looking for new ways to share our collection with as many people as possible. I invite you to visit our history program centers in Frederick, Maryland, and Winchester, Virginia. Then join us here as we take our collection into cyberspace.
I am a freelance writer and editor and long-time Girl Scout, and I am thrilled at the opportunity to combine these interests. Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The opinions expressed here are not necessarily those of the Girl Scout Council of the Nation’s Capital, its professional staff, or the other volunteers on the GSCNC Archives and History Committee.