There have been over 50 million women in the United States who have been a Girl Scout, and there are anniversary celebrations happening all over the country today, March 12, 2012. On this date in 1912, Juliette “Daisy” Gordon Low started the very first Girl Scout troop in Savannah, Georgia. Today, 3.2 million girls are Girl Scouts in the United States, and are part of the 10 million girls who are members of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts.
Juliette Low faced many obstacles, but she had a vision that this organization would help girls not only in her lifetime, but far into the future. The 1933 Girl Scout Handbook included a message from her, written on October 31, 1924.
Dear Girl Scouts:
I hope that we shall all remember the rules of this Girl Scouting game of ours. They are: to play fair, to play in your place, and to play for your side and not for yourself.
And as for the score, the best thing in a game is the fun and not the results, for:
“When the Great Recorder comes to write against your name, he writes not that you won or lost, but how you played the game.”
Girl Scouts, I salute you.
Your friend, Juliette Low
We would love to hear how you are celebrating this day (and Girl Scout Week!)