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Girl Scout Birthday
Happy Birthday Girl Scouts!
Everybody has a birthday - so of course Girl Scouts has one also! Juliette Gordon Low after visiting England saw the positive affect Lord Robert Baden Powell was having with the boys in England with his Boy Scout program. She believed a similar program for girls in the United States was needed. So on March 12, 1912 she made a phone call and got the ball rolling!
Girl Scout Links
Here are some basic links to help you find out more about Girl Scouting and Juliette Gordon Low.
- Girl Scouts of the USA - who we are
This is from the official Girl Scouts of the USA website. It is a great snapshot of the Girl Scouting Organization.
- Girl Scout Traditions
This site gives some definitions of basic Girl Scout traditions. It was designed as a mini-training session for a council in Illinois. There have been some changes (ie: age levels) but the basic information is good.
Books on Juliette Gordon Low
Girl Scout Week and Girl Scout Sunday and Girl Scout Sabbath
There are many different ways troops can celebrate the Girl Scout birthday. The week surrounding the birthday is called Girl Scout week. It begins with Girl Scout Sunday and ends with Girl Scout Sabbath. One of the ways some troops celebrate that week is to give back (ie. Service). Since many troops meet at churches they will work with the church during the service. The girls (in uniform) may usher, take up collection, read poems, etc. during the service. Each religious organization has it's own way of work with the troops - ask your organization how you can celebrate.
Girl Scout Week & Sunday/Sabbath Links
These are some websites that will give you some ideas for Girl Scout Week and Girl Scout Sunday/Sabbath.
- Sermon for Girl Scout Sabbath
This is a sermon that was used for Girl Scout Sabbath.
Skits, Games, History
Troops can also perform skits about the beginning of Girl Scouting. They could also find games from 1912 – games that girls would have played at troop meetings at the beginning of Girl Scouting.
Troops could also celebrate Girl Scout week by learning more about the early troops. What kind of badges did they earn? What did the early books look like? What did the early uniforms look like? Your local council may have old uniforms or books available for the girls to look at. They may allow you to take the uniforms and give a fashion show to girls from the service unit.
Skits & Games Links
These websites give some ideas for Girl Scout Week Games or Skits.
Girl Scout Collectors' Guide: A History of Uniforms, Insignia, Publications, And Memorabilia
A great go-to guide for the collector!
This new, expanded edition, with hundreds of illustrations, photographs, and tables, is indisputably the go-to source for information on all Girl Scout uniforms, insignia, awards, and handbooks, as well as dolls, postcards, posters, calendars, and more--from the founding of the Girl Scouts in 1912 through the present day. More than an identification guide, this work also documents when changes occurred and why new items were introduced. Placing these objects in context, this essential reference provides a discerning look at the history and development of the Girl Scout Movement.
Girl Scout History
Girl Scout History Websites
These websites will help you find information about Girl Scout history.
- Girl Scout History
This is from the official Girl Scout website. It gives some background on the beginning of Girl Scouts
- Girl Scout - Virtual Museum
From the official Girl Scout website - a virtual museum.
- Girl Scout Badges Then and Now
This website shows how Girl Scout badges have changed over the years.
- Girl Scout Then and Now Activities
Another website that compares Girl Scout badges from then and now.
- Girl Scout Law History
This website shows the Girl Scout Law through the years.
The Year of the Girl!
Girl Scouts is now 100 years old! 2012 will see a lot of celebrations across the country. Many councils will be planning big celebrations for the 100th Anniversary of Girl Scouting. If you have an older girl troop (Cadette, Senior, Ambassador) find out who is in charge of the planning committee for the celebration. You may be able to get the girls involved in the planning process. What a great opportunity for leadership!