As part of Girl Scout Week, National Girl Scout Day is celebrated annually on March 12th.
Girl Scouting in the United States of America began on this day, March 12, 1912, when Juliette Gordon Low organized the first Girl Scout troop meeting. At this first troop meeting in Savannah, Georgia, there were 18 girls present. For these girls, Juliette Gordon Low organized enrichment programs, service projects and outdoor activities and adventures. Since the time of the first meeting, Girl Scouts has grown to over 3.7 million members.
- The organization’s original name was the Girl Guides of America
- By 1920 there were close to 70,000 members
- By 1930 there were over 200,000 members
- In 2005 there were over 3.7 million members
The aim of the Girl Scouts is that girls will develop to their full potential by pursuing four goals: developing their full potential; relating to others with increasing understanding, skill, and respect; developing a meaningful set of values to guide their actions and to provide for sound decision making: and contributing to the improvement of society.
Motto: “Be Prepared”
Slogan: “Do a Good Turn Daily”
“Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.”
In honor of National Girl Scout Day, let’s celebrate all that the Girl Scouts of the USA have done for our communities and all across the United States.
For more information, see the official website: Girl Scouts of the USA(GSUSA)