Thursday, October 28, 2010

Celebrate Juliette Low

"Juliette Gordon Low, founder of Girl Scouts of the USA, was born Juliette Magill Kinzie Gordon on October 31, 1860, in Savannah, Georgia...On March 12, 1912, Juliette Low gathered 18 girls to register the first troop of American Girl Guides...The name of the organization was changed to Girl Scouts the following year...In developing the Girl Scout movement in the United States, Juliette brought girls of all backgrounds into the out-of-doors, giving them the opportunity to develop self-reliance and resourcefulness. She encouraged girls to prepare not only for traditional homemaking, but also for possible future roles as professional women—in the arts, sciences and business—and for active citizenship outside the home. Girl Scouting welcomed girls with disabilities at a time when they were excluded from many other activities. From the original 18 girls, Girl Scouting has grown to 3.7 million members. Girl Scouts is the largest educational organization for girls in the world and has influenced the more than 50 million girls, women and men who have belonged to it." (http://www.girlscouts.org/who_we_are/history/low_biography/)

On October 31, we celebrate the birthday of Juliette Gordon Low, the founder of Girl Scouts USA. Juliette founded the American sister movement to Girl Guides to give girls experiences in the outdoors, citizenship, travel, career exploration, and volunteer work, and to grow more self-reliant in the process. From the beginning in 1912, inclusion, community service, self-discovery, and opportunity have been part of the Girl Scout Movement, as they very much are today.

All over the country this week, Girl Scouts will celebrate Girl Scouts Founder's Day with Juliette Low Birthday Celebrations and community service projects in addition to Halloween events.

Anchorage girls can attend the Happy Birthday Juliette Low rollerskating event at Dimond Skateland on October 28th, Juneau girls are hosting a Haunted House October 29-31, and all over the state, girls and volunteers with Service Units are putting on Founder's Day events for troops. Last week East Anchorage hosted a celebration for 80 girls, which included making "birthday in a bag" donations for Catholic Social Services to distribute to low-income families.

You can celebrate Girl Scout Founder's Day by:
Just for fun...test your Juliette Gordon Low knowledge...

http://www.girlscouts.org/who_we_are/history/low_biography/quiz.asp

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