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Quotes from Famous Girl Scouts

"The Girl Scouts is where I became acquainted with the idea that a woman can do anything. Learning that early on has a tremendous impact on the development of a young girl’s personality. It had a huge impact on me. Girl Scouts is where I first learned about philanthropy and fell in love with the concept of helping others—in my troop this was very important. We did a lot of community service like picking up trash and feeding the homeless. Loving humankind was something that echoed throughout my time at Girl Scouts."

-Lisa Ling, TV Journalist

"I think the most enduring lesson I was taught through my experiences of being a Girl Scout was that I was a member of a larger community. I out-grew my uniforms and badges years ago, but the memories of visiting nursing homes or organizing Earth Day tree plantings or my summers camping with girls from all different backgrounds will stay with me always."

-Natalie Merchant, Musician


"These days, the Girl Scouts are promoting technology, financial knowledge, business planning and skills that we in corporate America are looking for…The beauty is that the Girl Scouts look at the potential that exists in every girl but doesn’t always get to come out, and they lock into this and provide a vehicle that helps the girls grow into confident and smart businesswomen."

-Cathy Couglin, President/CEO of AT&T Midwest


"Girl Scouts offered a wonderful group of girls where common concerns and interests could come together. We could learn, be challenged, and support one another. It was a very positive aspect of my life and played an important role in shaping who I am today."

-Judy Woodruff, Anchor & Senior Correspondent, CNN

"The thing I received from Girl Scouts more than anything else was a sense of real teamwork and working for the community, helping others, and it was not competitive. I remember working as a group to achieve a goal or to help the community. There was a great sense of accomplishment in that."

-Cathy Rigby, Olympic Gymnast and TV Commentator


"Girl Scouting was hugely important to me. It affirmed that you could do anything you wanted to do. I was real active in camping too, working in the summers at Girl Scout camps for several years. That, plus what you did in your troops and through the year. The whole experience was just so affirming for a woman. I can't say enough positive things about it."

-Virginia Edwards, Editor, Education Week & President, Editorial Projects in Education

"I Lived a ways out of town and couldn’t join the Girl Scouts when I was younger. I always admired them and felt that they were really getting prepared for life and having a great time. I will wear my uniform proudly. This great honor lets me live out a dream and lets me be part of an organization that stands for many of the same values I do. "

-Dolly Parton, Singer, Songwriter, Businesswoman

"It's important for people to believe in themselves. It's important for young girls to have the opportunity to excel and promote themselves, and learn how to communicate and that they can be individuals, yet accomplish so much. The Girl Scouts and other organizations like them make that so important, so vital. Girls are given the opportunity very early in life to give them that confidence in themselves. It's crucial for organizations to support young women."

-Linda Chavez-Thompson, Former Executive Vice-President, AFL-CIO