There is much more than cookies to Girl Scouting, as women who have gone through the program understand. Participants benefit in many ways, as the organization's Black Diamond Council, which consists of 61 counties including West Virginia, is reminding area residents as the 100th anniversary of Girl Scouting is celebrated.
Down through the years, thousands of Ohio Valley girls have donned the green uniform or, earlier, enjoyed Brownie Scouting.
Though you may not realize it, you probably know many former Girl Scouts - and quite a few of them are achievers as adults. According to Girl Scouts USA, a national poll determined two-thirds of high-achieving professional women were Girl Scouts. Forty-five of the 75 women in the U.S. House of Representatives are former Girl Scouts.
Through scouting, girls can learn many skills not taught in school or, often, at home. Learning to get along well with other people is far from the least important lesson.
In addition, Girl Scouts get grounded in ethics - again, something they may not pick up elsewhere.
Finally, many participants make new friends, sometimes lifelong ones.
At a time when young people are pulled in many directions, Girl Scouting remains strong, with 2.3 million youth members and nearly 900,000 adult volunteers. Clearly, they have good reason to celebrate a century of success.