I was a Girl Scout as a kid and if any little girl is ever unlucky enough to be my daughter, I will encourage her to be a Girl Scout, too. Being a part of GSUSA meant that between the age of six and eleven (eleven is when I officially became "too cool" and decided to devote all of my extra-curricular energy to watching TV), I got to spend weekends camping, horseback riding, making crafts and getting involved with my community. My troop was multi-cultural, multi-racial and included girls from all different income levels. It put us outside of our comfort zones, while, at the same time, giving us a place where we could be ourselves. I don't know how much of a hand GSUSA played in making me the woman I am today, but I will say — with certainty — that it only helped and never hurt when it came to nurturing me and my fellow scouts so that we could grow into strong and capable grownups.
In short, Girl Scouts USA is awesome. And unlike the Boy Scouts of America, Girl Scouts prove their awesomeness time and time again — which is why it always comes as a surprise to me that A.) the organization is struggling and B.) there are a lot of people out there who believe that GSUSA is force of evil, mostly for the same reasons that I think its a force of great good.