GIRL SCOUT WEEK
Girl Scout Week is celebrated each March, starting with Girl Scout Sunday and ending with Girl Scout Sabbath on a Saturday. It always includes Girl Scouts’ birthday, March 12. During Girl Scout Week, Girl Scouts of all ages celebrate by demonstrating courage, confidence, and character in ways that have a real impact on their communities.
The Girl Scout slogan, which has been used since 1912, is “Do a good turn daily.”
The history of the Girl Scouts dates all the way back to 1912 when Juliette Gordon Low met the founder of Boy Scouts, Sir Robert Baden-Powell in England. Upon Low’s return to her Georgia home, she knew she had to start a similar organization for girls. That same year, she gathered 18 girls together and told them all she had learned about this new outdoor and educational youth program. At the time, “Daisy” as many affectionately called her, was 51 years old and nearly deaf.
The first small troop of Girl Scouts was culturally and ethnically diverse. This was a big deal, considering women were not even allowed to vote. These girls participated in basketball, hiking, and camping. More importantly, the girls lent a helping hand to those in need. They also worked together to improve the world around them. Since its small beginnings, Girl Scouts numbers have flourished in over 100 countries. There are currently 2.6 million Girl Scouts and more than 50 million alumni.
The week focuses on what it means to be a Girl Scout and celebrates each and every individual scout who strives to improve the world around them.
HOW TO OBSERVE #GirlScoutWeek
- Learn more about Girl Scout history and founder, Juliette Gordon Low.
- Memorize the Girl Scout Law.
- Volunteer to be a Girl Scout Leader.
- Tell the world what being a Girl Scout means to you.
- Share your experiences with the Girl Scout organization or your events by sharing #GirlScoutWeek on social media.
GIRL SCOUT WEEK HISTORY
In 1912, Juliette Gordon Low officially registered the organization’s first 18 girl members in Savannah, Georgia.