Exactly 100 years ago today, Juliette Gordon Low (“Daisy”) excitedly called together 18 girls from her Savannah, Georgia, neighborhood and held the first Girl Scout meeting in her parlor. Although women didn’t even have the right to vote, Daisy Low was inspired by the Scouting movement in England, and she had a vision for an organization that would empower girls.
The original troop did many of the same things Girl Scouts do today: community service, sports, crafts, outdoor activities Now a century old (like BBB!), Girl Scouting is stronger than ever. 3.2 million girls participate, along with thousands of volunteers. They still earn badges, but those awards have moved into the 21st century as well, with new ones featuring computers, engineering and technology joining the traditional cooking, first aid and craft badges.
200,000 girls and adults from across the country are expected to gather for “Rock the Mall,” a centennial celebration in Washington, D.C. on June 9th. The event, which will be held at the Washington Monument, is being billed as “the world’s largest Sing-Along.”
If “Girl Scouts” makes you think of cookies, you are not alone. Thin Mint, the best-selling Girl Scout cookie, is also the third most popular cookie in the country…even though it’s only on sale for a few months out of the year. And in most parts of the country, that time is now! So stock up, and support an organization that has been helping girls for 100 years.