March 12th National Girl Scout Day

Lord Baden-Powell started the Boy Scouts in 1910. Not to be outdone, Lady Olave Baden-Powell formed the Girl Scouts. Their first meeting in America came on March 12th, 1912, organized by Juliette Gordon Low in Savannah, Georgia with 18 girls.

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The U.S. Congress recognized the organization officially on March 16th, 1950. Since  then it has gone through many changes but kept the same basic philosophy of educating young women with things they need to know.

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Their motto, appearing in the Girl Scout handbook in 1947, “be prepared” has remained a part of what drives them forward. “To serve God and my country. To help people at all times. And to live by the Girl Scout Law” is their pledge.

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Oh, and sell a lot of cookies! The Mistletoe Troop in Muskogee, Oklahoma started the tradition in 1917 and since then there have been countless volumes of cookies sold. 25% of all those cookies sold are their Thin Mints, the most popular among all the varieties.

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In a time when tradition and values seem to be waning, it’s nice to know that heir are still organizations out there that want to build the moral values of children instead of destroy them.

How to celebrate – Buy some Girl Scout Cookies. Start your own Girl Scout Troop. Support the Girls Scouts.

 

 

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August 10th National S’mores Day

Of course one of America’s, and Canada’s, favorite treats has to include chocolate, toasted marshmallows, and graham crackers. While credit is given to Alec Barnum, it appears to have been created before he became involved in 1927. Records go back to an article in a Girl Scout book called “Tramping and Trailing with the Girl Scouts” in 1925. In “Tramping…” they called it “Some Mores” which was way too long and hard to say so it was edited to “S’mores”

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Today we have cup cakes that taste like s’mores, pop tarts that taste like s’mores, and even coffee that tastes like s’mores.

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But there is nothing like cooking s’mores over a roaring campfire. Toasting that marshmallow until it is just crispy enough to melt the chocolate bar, when both placed on the graham cracker. Whether you are in the wilds of the national forest or your own backyard, they are just as good as good can get. Oh, and while we are at it, even though this is known as a Girl Scout treat, apparently the Boy Scouts were enjoying it at exactly the same time. But since girls are sweeter than boys, we’ll give it to them.

You can try a few different creative combinations. Peanut butter replacing the marshmallow is getting very popular. Some are known to cheat with the chocolate as well by coating the graham cracker with fudge before applying the marshmallow or peanut butter.

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Oh, and for Easter… try a s’mores with a Peeps instead of just a plain old common everyday marshmallow. National S’more Day is sponsored by the National Confectioners Association.

How to celebrate – Build a fire in your backyard tonight and cook some s’mores for yourself (it will go better if it’s not raining). Experiment with some of your own creations. Go hunt and see how many items you can find that are s’more flavored or smelling, such as lipgloss, candles, coffee, etc.