Martha and the Girl Scouts

Girl scoutsWhen Juliette Gordon Low started the Girl Scouts with 18 girls in Savannah, Georgia, I wonder if she had ever been to a Harper Method shop and was encouraged by the female network of shops that Harper created worldwide?  Certainly, it was tragic that Martha had such a gruesome childhood being bound out at age seven to work as a maid for 25 years.  It thrills me that this week Girl Scouts from the Monroe County and area will discover an early female pioneer who personifies G.I.R.L. Scout (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-Taker, Leader).

Troop 63113 from Webster, led by Jennifer Shaw, will rise before dawn on Thursday, June 21, 2018  to be captured on Fox Rochester TV as they write letters of support for a stamp that honors Harper, braid hair, and discover some of Martha’s products, innovations (the first reclining shampoo chair in the world) and her philosophy.  Says Scout leader Jenn, “ We are so excited to be part of such an amazing opportunity.  Girl Scouts of all ages are orchestrating the largest girl-lead business in the world; it’s exciting to have such a positive role model in Martha.  The Girl Scouts USA have built a solid foundation for the girls to build their business skills while learning about goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills and business ethics.  There are also numerous badge programs, such as the Inventor Badge offered by RMSC, that encourage the girls to explore their ideas and create new and exciting inventions that can change the world. We believe it is important for our scouts to be exposed to as many opportunities as possible. Women like Martha truly embody what it means to be a modern day G.I.R.L. Scout!”

Several of these girls earned the Inventor badge as Brownies, along with level specific Financial Literacy badges beginning in Daisies, and they will be right at home at the Rochester Museum and Science Center’s Martha’s Magic program and displays that will open to the public from 10 am -3 PM on June 23, 2018 at 657 East Ave., Rochester NY 14607-2177.

While there are 3.7 million girls enjoying the wonderful Girl Scout programs today, I wonder if there are other Marthas still out there, waiting for the opportunity door to open?  May we all be on the lookout and give them, too, a belief in themselves and encouragement to pursue their dreams while bringing others along.Unknown



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One Comment on “Martha and the Girl Scouts”

  1. Sally Valentine Says:

    Martha Matilda Harper and Girls Scouts – the makings of a perfect friendship!


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