What Girl Scouts Taught Me

My expertise on this topic is having been a Girl Scout Daisy (Kindergarten) through Ambassador (Senior Year). Nash can attest to this as being my buddy all the way through. I still don’t know how she put up with me….lol. so without further ado….

What I thought was important when I learned it:

  • learning how to build a fire, to this day I can still boil a Dixie cup of water in under 5 minutes
  • every way possible to start a fire (well this would actually be helpful if I was a arsonist and unfortunately I’m not)
  • pitching a tent and rolling up sleeping bags- ended up having to do it for every Fucking one
  • all those cute rhymy songs

What was actually Important:

  • learning how to handle rejection (ie when people ignore you trying to sell them cookies outside of Albertsons, a polite no thank you could suffice)
  • learning to cook in a dutch oven, in a solar oven made with tin foil
  • how to recognize poison oak, I have friends who, in high school (as seniors mind you) were so badly afflicted that they had to stay home, eyelids swelled shut and it was all over their private sensitive parts
  • lashing- I can make anything with rope and wood
  • organizing big events and people, making big things into manageable parts


OK, so there are soooo many lists out there that tell you ‘bring this’ or ‘bring that’ and I’m not here to tell you any of that.  Half the stuff on those lists won’t fit in your cars or single suitcase if you decide to attend college out of state.  I’m here to list a bunch of crap that really helped me SURVIVE my first year at college…..

  1. A big metal water bottle
    • Cuz this shit’s indestructible and it’s expensive and takes time to buy plastic
    • You will drink more water than you ever have in your entire life
    • Helps with your hangovers!- bring it to your parties
  2.  Drying rack
    • I never dry bras or spandex workout clothes ( it will stretch and degrade cloth and ruin the metal in your bras
    • Here’s a good one for $17! http://goo.gl/GcJFeBIMG_7535.jpg
  3.  A GREAT pillow
    • it will be your best friend
    • and you can cry into it when you can’t find your goddamn roommate!
  4. Comfy shoes and I don’t mean Uggs or ‘sloppy soled’ shoes- I mean GOOD walkin’ shoes