History and Traditions
A Brief History of Girl Scouts
Girl Scouts of the USA began on March 12, 1912 when
Juliette “Daisy” Gordon Low organized the first Girl
Scout troopmeeting of 18 girls in Savannah, Georgia.
Fresh frommeeting Lord Robert Baden-Powell,
founder of the Boy Scout Movement, in England, Low
poured herself into realizing her dreamof “something
for all the girls.” Her vision was that girls would be
brought out of sheltered home environments to
serve their communities, experience the outdoors,
and have opportunities to develop “self-reliance and
resourcefulness.” Withinmonths of that first meeting
in 1912, members were hiking through the woods in
their knee-length blue uniforms, playing basketball on a
curtained-off court, and going on camping trips.
On March 16, 1950, Girl Scouts of the United States
of America was given a Congressional Charter.
Today, more than 50million American women have
participated in Girl Scouts, as part of a worldwide
scouting family of more than 10million people in 145
Girl Scout Holidays
Oct 31: Juliette Gordon Low’s Birthday
Celebrate the birth of Girl Scouts of the USA founder
Juliette Low with a birthday party or one of these
• Read about Juliette’s life (look online or in the Girl
Scout journeys or The Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting).
• Donate to the Juliette LowWorld Friendship Fund.
• Go online and learn about The Juliette Gordon Low
Birthplace in Savannah, Georgia.
February 22: World Thinking Day
Girl Scouts of the USA is part of theWorld Association of
Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS), which spans 145
countries. World Thinking Day celebrates the sisterhood
between Girl Guides and Girl Scouts around the globe.
Every year, a global action theme unites WAGGGS
members in service; watch for council publications to
include this year’s theme. All Girl Scouts are encouraged
to celebrate world cultures and give service onWorld
Thinking Day. Ideas include:
• Invite someone fromanother country (look to
college or high school exchange students as
resources) or someone who has traveled abroad to
a meeting or event to learn about other cultures.
• Hold a dinner or party with food, decorations,
costumes, and activities fromWAGGGS countries.
• Learn songs or games fromWAGGGS countries.
• Give service in the “we can save the planet” theme.
• Make paper chains in which each link represents a
country, a wish for the future, or a girl.
for more ideas.
March 9–15, 2014: Girl Scout Week
Always including March 12 (Girl Scout Birthday), Girl
Scout Week begins with Girl Scout Sunday and ends
with Girl Scout Sabbath.
Girl Scout Sunday
Girl Scout Sabbath
give girls an opportunity to attend their place of worship
and be recognized as Girl Scouts. Girls may want to
performa service such as greeting, ushering, or doing
a flag ceremony. This day can also be a time when girls
explore other faiths if they wish - or just enjoy nature
March 12: Girl Scout Birthday
The Girl Scout Birthday marks the day in 1912 that our
founder held the first meeting for Girl Scouts in the
United States. .
April 22: Girl Scout Leader’s Day
Girl Scout Leader’s Day honors all the volunteers who
work as leaders andmentors in partnership with girls.
Girls, their families, and communities should find a
special way to thank their adult Girl Scout volunteers.
Onmy honor, I will try:
To serve God andmy country,
To help people at all times,
And to live by the Girl Scout Law.
TheGirl Scout Law
I will domy best to be
honest and fair,
friendly and helpful,
considerate and caring,
courageous and strong, and
responsible for what I say and do,
respect myself and others,
use resources wisely,
make the world a better place, and
be a sister to every Girl Scout.