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    31 Incredible Things Being A Girl Guide Taught You For Life

    I promise to do my best.

    1. Selling all those cookies taught you to hustle.

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    2. But the easiest way to sell them was to give the boxes to a parent with an office job.

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    Step 1: Make mom/dad take case to work.

    Step 2: Wait for their coworkers to get hungry.

    Step 3: ????

    Step 4: Profit.

    3. The program books were basically your bible and you'd spend hours deciding which badge to do next.

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    4. And the badges were like Pokemon — you had to catch 'em all.

    5. You learned to sew by meticulously arranging those bad boys on your sashes and hats.

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    6. Then you ran out of space and moved on to a camp blanket.

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    Black socks, they never get dirty,The longer you wear them the stronger they get.
    On my honour, I will try.There's a duty to be done and I say aye.There's a reason to be here for a reason above.My honour is to try and my duty is to love.
    Barges, I would like to go with you, I would like to sail the ocean blue.
    Out of my tent flap, glowing in the night,You can see the leaders' cigarette light.

    11. And shouting "There may be flies on some of you guys, but there ain't no flies on us!" was the ultimate shade.

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    12. Even if you haven't been in years, you still know you're an expert camper.

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    13. You know the right way to build a fire.

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    14. And how to make the perfect bedroll.

    15. And that you can never have too many tarps.

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    16. In fact, you're pretty sure that if you were dropped in the middle of nowhere with basic supplies you could make it for at least a little while.

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    And you're damn proud.

    17. Every season is camping season and the words "winter camping" fill you with both dread and excitement.

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    18. You learned that all it takes to turn total strangers into camp BFFs is a night spent in a canvas tent during a thunderstorm.

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    19. And you know to NEVER TOUCH THE CANVAS WHEN IT RAINS.

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    Seriously.

    20. You know how to make pancakes or grilled cheese with just an empty tin can and a tea candle.

    21. Having a mesh bag for your dishes was essential for both storage and drying.

    22. Camp also meant it was time to get ALL THE HAT PINS.

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    23. The badass older women who led your unit were the best role models a girl could ask for.

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    24. You can make crafts out of anything. Seriously, give us a pinecone, some glitter glue, and pipecleaners and we can make magic.

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    25. You'd try and get away with wearing jeans rather than those regulation blue cargo pants.

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    26. And although you were relieved that older girls didn't have to wear the sashes, you still sort of missed them.

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    27. You even miss that belt with the little pouch and pencil that always got lost.

    28. And the proper way to tie a neat scarf is left-over-right, right-over-left.

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    29. But most of all you will always promise to do your best and be true to yourself.

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    30. Because Girl Guides taught you that you can do anything you set your mind to.

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    31. And that girls are unstoppable.

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