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The Most Adventurous Girl Scout of All

October 27, 2014

By Krista Park, Communications & PR Director

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Today, Girl Scouts is 3.2 million strong – 3.2 million girls and adults who believe girls can change the world.  It began over 100 years ago with one woman, Juliette Gordon Low, who believed in the power of every girl.  She believed girls could do anything – and in the early 1900’s that was rather avant-garde.

Juliette Gordon Low, affectionately known as “Daisy,” was born on October 31, 1860, in Savannah, Georgia. Every year on October 31, Girl Scouts recognize Daisy’s birthday as Founder’s Day and celebrate with parties and special projects to help others. Daisy was known to have said that she was glad she was born on Halloween, when everybody has fun.

Daisy was the second of six children and was known for her great since of humor. She loved pets and was especially fond of exotic birds. Daisy loved the arts; she was a poet, painter and sculptor. She even forged a metal gate that remains at her birthplace to this day!

By age 26, she had lost all hearing in one ear and most in the other. But that didn’t stop, Daisy! Being from a family of pioneers, she too sought out adventure and excitement in her life.

She travelled extensively in the United States, rode elephants in India, visited the Great Pyramid in Egypt, and spent time in Europe where she discovered the work of the Girl Guides. The more Daisy learned about Scouting, she grew more and more excited. She wanted girls in the United States to have the opportunity to better themselves and their communities through Scouting.

On March 12, 1912, Daisy started the adventure of Girl Scouting here in our country. That night, she gathered with eighteen girls and shared with them all the adventures they would have. These girls were divided into two groups which became the first two Girl Scout troops.

 

Daisy selflessly sold her own pearls to fund the first headquarters for Girl Scouts which was located in her carriage house in Savannah. Daisy traveled all over giving speeches and raising money, and she even used her hearing loss to her advantage. She simply refused to ever hear the word “no” when she asked people to volunteer or to mentor girls.

 

She inspired many with whom she spoke to start their own troops. Soon, Girl Scouts was growing! By 1920, there were nearly 70,000 Girl Scouts across the county. And in just another 10 years, there were nearly 200,000 Girl Scouts!

 

Juliette Gordon Low was a forward thinker. She was a true Girl Scout – a woman with courage, confidence, and character who made the world a better place. In 1979, she was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame in Seneca Falls, NY. And in 2012, she was posthumously awarded with the Presidential Medal of Honor by President Obama.

 

Here at Girl Scouts – NC Coastal Pines, we continue her vision of building girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place by helping them discover their inner strengths, passions, and talents. Over a hundred years later, Girl Scouts continue to change the world.

 

This Founder’s Day, join us as we remember the leader of leaders – the most adventurous Girl Scout – Juliette “Daisy” Gordon Low.   Happy Birthday, Daisy!

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Get Movin’: GirlSports

October 21, 2014

By Jenifer Bubenik, Program Director

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I remember playing T-ball with my Brownie troop and feeling proud to play sports as a young girl. I went on to become a member of the first women’s fast-pitch team at my high school. And as the years have passed, I have stayed active and even ran my second full marathon this past year! I had to walk the last three miles, but in the end, I finished.

Growing up, Girl Scouts gave me the confidence to try new things and never give up before crossing that finish line. It showed me that anything was possible and if I tried, I would succeed.

Here at Girl Scouts – NC Coastal Pines, we believe that girls who compete on the playing field succeed and lead in life. Our GirlSports initiative is helping girls learn how sports, nutrition and healthy living can help them develop leadership skills they can use now and in the future.

As part of our GirlSports, we are hosting three awesome events this year to help you and your girls Get Movin’! Attending these events is also a great way for girls working on their Athlete badges to get some real-life inspiration.

Girls Scouts and their families can also participate in Capital RunWalk’s Monster Dash 5K on October 26. Choose from a 5K, 1 Mile Fun Run and 100 Yard Dash to promote family fitness. Participants are encouraged to dress up in your favorite costume! This is a perfect activity for girls and troops looking to earn the Make Every Step Count badge.

And when outdoor temperatures cool, take the game inside. Join the fun at an afternoon basketball game with the Duke Women’s teams as part of Girl Scout Day with the Duke Blue Devils on December 21. There will be opportunities for Girl Scouts to meet the players, make a sports SWAP craft, and more!

Don’t miss these great opportunities to see athletes in action and join the GirlSports initiative! For more healthy living events, click here to see our full calendar online.

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