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Girls Scouts & You
Girl Scout Leaders!
This lens is about Girl Scouts. I will provide some beginning information for new & experienced leaders.
We'll give you some history of Girl Scouts and the founder, Juliette Gordon Low. Some websites to help you present ideas to the girls. The history and background of Thinking Day.
Why Girl Scouts?!!!
I am a Girl Scout volunteer. I have been with the organization for almost 15 years. I have served in a number of roles over the years (trainer, cookie mom, Service Unit specialist). I have been a troop leader for all levels and currently a Cadette troop leader. I believe in Girl Scouting! It can provide so many things to girls - confidence, leadership skills and so much more!
The History of Girl Scouting
I believe that it is important for everyone involved in an organization to know who started it and why. I believe the girls should know about the person behind Girl Scouts also. As they get older, they can begin to understand the "why" of Girl Scouting.
Juliette Gordon Low started Girl Scouts in 1912. The girls can relate to her by reading/hearing some of the stories of her childhood.
The work of today is the history of tomorrow, and we are its makers."
-- Juliette Gordon Low
Books on Juliette Gordon Low!
Juliette Gordon Low's Birthday!
The girls will LOVE it when they discover that her birthday is October 31! A troop birthday party can be held in her honor around that date!
This website: Scouting for All Seasons: Happy Birthday Daisy! has some great ideas on how to recogonize Juliette Low's birthday.
Juliette for Older Girls
As the girls get older (Cadette, Senior, Ambassador) they can look at the IP "In the Pink" to learn more about Juliette Gordon Low.
History for Adults
Our national website Girl Scouts of the USA also has some great history information.
Girl Scout Books at Amazon
History & Savannah
As the girls get older (Junior or above) you can take a troop trip to Savannah to explore the area that Juliette lived. The first National Headquarters for Girl Scouts is located in Savannah. Visit GS First Headquarters for background on the history of the building.
Activities for the girls are offered. This site: First Headquarters Programs will list the programs offered.
Girl Scout Videos!
Thinking Day is February 22nd. It is a day that Girl Scouts and Girl Guides "think" about each other. Troops can learn about troops in other countries or just explore diversity. There can be parities, ceremonies, or troop gatherings to celebrate the day. It is an important part of Girl Scouting. I will do a separate lens on this topic in the future. To help you jump start you, Scouting for All Seasons-Thinking Day will give you a great starting place.
Girl Scout Experience
“A good Girl Scout or Girl Guide experience is not dependent on the state of the handbooks we use, but on the loving guidance of the devoted leaders who believe in the program.”-Unknown author
Girl Scout Birthday
The beginning of Girl Scouting in the US began on March 12th. That week is designated as Girl Scout week every year. There are many things troops can do to celebrate that event. The troop could do a party, ceremony or participate in a GS Sunday or Sabbath service. Scouting For All Seasons-Happy Birthday Girl Scouts! gives a lot of ideas!
Girl Scouts & Your Beginning!
Girl Scouts is a wonderful organization. There are many resources out there to help you along the way. I will update this lens or add more lens on this topic in the future. Let me know if there is a specific area that you need information - I will see what I can do!