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that are nearly universal at all levels of participation. "No matter what the cliques in high school, Girl Scouts crosses all of those cliques. No matter where you are, you will always be friendly with the girls in your troop," says Holly Boland. This has been troop leader Alison Barlow's experience as well. "We may have a Queen Bee or two in our troop, but once we start our meetings, that all fades away. " In celebration of the Girl Scouts Centennial, Grace Thames' troop made a timeline. On it, they included some of the prominent women who were Girl Scouts. That star-studded list includes (among others) twenty NASA career astronauts, Chelsea and Hillary Clinton, Nancy Reagan, Gloria Steinem, Serena Williams, and, most impressive for Grace and the rest of the troop: Taylor Swift. Looking to the past for inspiration, Grace declared it "cool" when thinking about all of the strong women belonging to the same organization that she does. And by the way, when her troop returns from indoor skydiving, it won't have been the first time they have pushed back at boundaries. At a past troop meeting, one girl observed that girls never get to go to laser tag parties; only the boys get to go. What to do? Go to a laser tag center and have a blast, of course. "The people at the laser tag center kept saying how well the girls did," says Patricia Thames laughing. Now, according to Grace Thames, laser tag birthday parties for the girls have become very popular. Thank you Girl Scouts. For more information, visit www.girlscoutseasternmass.org. 91 summer 2012 | WellesleyWeston Magazine

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