Journey of a Girl Scout

On Saturday, I begrudgingly got dressed, pulled on the ugliest waterproof boots I own and prepared myself for a day of what I just knew was going to be misery. It was my daughter’s Girl Scouts Outdoor Skills Day and I had volunteered to tag along as one of the parent chaperons. When I volunteered I didn’t realize the day would carry on “rain or shine” … and Saturday was absolutely not shining.

I kept my thoughts and feelings to myself as my daughter jumped out of bed and dressed herself in the layers of clothing we had selected the night before. She was excited and ready for an adventure. I was happy to see that the rain was not dampening her spirits. So, I pulled on my waterproof jacket and we drove to meet the rest of her Daisy troop.

The nine girls were dressed from head to toe for the cold and rainy conditions. Some wore boots and rain coats, others wore ponchos and sneakers, but they all beamed like the sunshine I was sorely missing. The troop leader greeted me with an air of excitement and enthusiasm. She looked at the weather as an opportunity to teach the girls what camping is really about. I respected her positive attitude, yet with each falling rain drop couldn’t muster the same level of energy.

Girl Scouts in the Mud

As the day went on, the rain began to pick up. The mud on the ground began to swell and the temperature on our bodies dropped. Some of the girls looked shivery as we attempted to light matches in the rain. Others ate lunch under the shelter with their gloves on. Our shoes and pants were brown and our skin was wrinkled from the rain. Yet, one thing never faltered — the energy of the girls. Even our leader began to worry about the weather for a moment or two, but we (they) were determined to see this adventure to the end.

Girl Scout adventure

Amazingly, not one of the nine girls asked to go home or even complained. They went from station to station and giggled as they ate dirt and worms (pudding with gummy worms), squealed as they competed to see who could roll their sleeping bag the fastest and beamed as they stitched their very own sit upons.

I know there are people who live with these conditions regularly or who love the outdoors and look forward to these adventures, but for me it was well outside my comfort zone. My toes were cold and my hands felt stiff. I was drenched and exhausted, but every time I glanced at my daughter I felt strong and motivated. We could see this to the end. We could get through this miserable day. The girls were teaching me about what it means to have perspective.

There are worse days. There are worse weather conditions (for instance Sunday’s unexpected sleet and snow).

Hours later as I curled under my covers and tried to regulate my still cold body, I reflected on the day and smiled. It was a good day and one I would never forget. An adventure I shared with my daughter. I was strong and didn’t go running for creature comforts because of nine amazing first grade girls.

I was never a Girl Scout as a child, but for a few hours on Saturday I took the journey of a Girl Scout and felt good about the lessons we all learned that day.

Mother and daughter girl scouts




Nicole Dash is a writer, blogger and business owner who lives in the suburbs outside Washington, DC with her husband and four children. She started her career as a journalist and copy editor. She also managed public relations and corporate communications for a national franchise company, but in 2006 started a child care business. In 2012, she launched Tiny Steps Mommy, a lifestyle and parenting blog that quickly gained a following and connected her to an expansive group of women-owned businesses. In 2013, she started a digital marketing consulting business that focused on growing community in an authentic way. Through those connections she was inspired to open Play, Work or Dash, a coworking space that also offers onsite childcare up to three hours per day. It is where like-minded professionals pursue their business goals with the extra level of support parents desire; a place where you "bring your kids to work." She is an active member of the Washington, DC blogger community. She has been published on The Washington Post, Huffington Post, Scary Mommy, Mamalode and Pop Sugar.




  1. Blanca Alvarado says:

    I’m so happy you were able to share this great day with you daughter. She may nor always remember,but you will. You’re a great mom!

  2. Awww. I love it. You captured the day perfectly! I will share with the troop.

  3. This is great Nicole, I know I would have felt the same way. I’m not the muddy outdoors gals but you totally made it. I’m sure it meant the world to your daughter having you there. I can’t wait to do this kind of adventures with Nori when she gets a little older.
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