How the Girl Guides Won the War is one of my favorite history books of all time.
I love how it shows the strength of teenage girls and young women through trying times: wars, concentration camps, etc. And through them, Guides around the world empowered girls and the communities around them through most difficult circumstances. It’s inspiring to see how these young women stepped up to serve during times of crisis
While today’s girls are learning about fingerprinting for their Detective badge, yesterday’s Scouts and Guides were serving as spies.
While today’s girls are making comfort kits for kids in hospitals, yesterday’s Girl Guides were comforting children in concentration camps.
While today’s girls grumble about lack of showers at their overnight campout, yesterday’s Girl Guides were camping not far from war zones, without even blinking.
Is it a sign of our times?
What saddens me is comparing these guides with today’s girls. Too often troops are little more than play groups. I think it’s less about the girls than the potential we want to see in them.
What do you think?