Lord Baden-Powell started the Boy Scouts in 1910. Not to be outdone, Lady Olave Baden-Powell formed the Girl Scouts. Their first meeting in America came on March 12th, 1912, organized by Juliette Gordon Low in Savannah, Georgia with 18 girls.
The U.S. Congress recognized the organization officially on March 16th, 1950. Since then it has gone through many changes but kept the same basic philosophy of educating young women with things they need to know.
Their motto, appearing in the Girl Scout handbook in 1947, “be prepared” has remained a part of what drives them forward. “To serve God and my country. To help people at all times. And to live by the Girl Scout Law” is their pledge.
Oh, and sell a lot of cookies! The Mistletoe Troop in Muskogee, Oklahoma started the tradition in 1917 and since then there have been countless volumes of cookies sold. 25% of all those cookies sold are their Thin Mints, the most popular among all the varieties.
In a time when tradition and values seem to be waning, it’s nice to know that heir are still organizations out there that want to build the moral values of children instead of destroy them.
How to celebrate – Buy some Girl Scout Cookies. Start your own Girl Scout Troop. Support the Girls Scouts.