Did you know that Wednesday was Boy Scout Day? Pretty cool, huh. Being a Girl Scout Brownie and then Girl Scout Junior in middle school was a wonderful experience and I’m sure former Boy Scouts will say the same about their experiences. I still remember standing in a group, holding up three fingers, and reciting our promise that ended with, “…and live by the Girl Scout Law.” Whenever I meet a former Girl Scout (usually another adult), we proudly recite the promise from beginning to end. A little corny, but we don’t mind embarrassing ourselves in a supermarket or on the street because we are sharing a moment. A moment that we understand. Girl Scouts was years ago, and yet I find myself upholding another “promise”…the AmeriCorps pledge.
The only thing I love more than being an AmeriCorps member is meeting other AmeriCorps members! I usually run into AmeriCorps members or alums at service type events and when we do it is “so fetch” (Mean Girls reference). Like with Girl Scouts, we share a special moment that typically ends with us capturing the moment on camera to share with our AmeriCorps network and, yes, reciting the AmeriCorps pledge. I will admit to sometimes mixing up a few of the lines, but that is irrelevant. I simply enjoy saying it with someone else who shares my enthusiasm for all things AmeriCorps.
I hope that once my service year ends this July, I will continue to have that same enthusiasm because I am proud to serve. I’m taking James Brown’s advice and saying it loud!
If you are an AmeriCorps member or alum do you randomly recite the AmeriCorps pledge?
The AmeriCorps Pledge
I will get things done for America – to make our people safer, smarter, and healthier.
I will bring Americans together to strengthen our communities.
Face with apathy, I will take action.
Faced with conflict, I will seek common ground.
Faced with adversity, I will persevere.
I will carry this commitment with me this year and beyond.
I am an AmeriCorps member, and I will get things done.