Posts Tagged ‘Juliette Gordon Low’

h1

The Most Adventurous Girl Scout of All

October 27, 2014

By Krista Park, Communications & PR Director

GSUSA_100thGuide_JGLByAJonnieaux

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!

h1

Celebrating The Girl Scout Movement!

March 10, 2014

By Meridith Orr, Program Executive

Juliette Gordon LowHappy Birthday to Girl Scouts everywhere!  On this 102nd anniversary of our movement, it is so important to look back at the life of our remarkable founder, Juliette Gordon Low.  Many Girl Scouts today might not be aware of how many of our programs and traditions actually connect back to her amazing experiences.

For example, did you know our youngest Girl Scouts are called “Daisies” after Juliette Low herself?  From the beginning of her life, she was called “Daisy” by her family.   In the biography “Lady from Savannah:  The Life of Juliette Low,” we learn that Juliette was named after her maternal grandmother, and that Daisy’s uncle actually said, “I’ll bet she’s going to be a Daisy!”  The family immediately started calling her by her nickname to avoid confusion, and the name stuck.  Virtually no one close to her ever called her “Juliette” during her lifetime.  Later on, Daisy encouraged the first Girl Scout patrols in Savannah to name themselves after flowers to emphasize the importance of exploring and honoring nature.

Junior aMuse Journey - Girl ScoutsYou can also find many connections to our founder in programs such as “aMuse,” the Junior journey from It’s Your Story, Tell It.  The acting and role playing exercises in “Amuse” are rooted in Daisy’s love of theater.  As a child summering with her many cousins, biographer Stacey Cordery describes how Daisy wrote scripts, planned costumes and played as many of the parts as she could!  She excelled at acting.  She also wrote and illustrated her own summer newspaper! Storytelling was as dear to Juliette Low as her legendary love for animals, which are the focus of the Daisy journey, “Three Cheers for Animals!

Financial literacy was also important to Daisy.  While living in England she helped her first group of Girl Guides raise chickens for eggs to sell to nearby hunting lodges.  After learning the skill from the village postmistress, she then taught the girls how to spin wool and sell it to a weaving shop in London! Her lessons to girls in gaining skills and financial independence continue today through our badge programs, such as “Money Manager” and “Cookie Business” in “The Girls’ Guide to Girl Scouting.

How many more connections can you find between Daisy’s life and the Girl Scout program today? For more stories about our founder, look for these fascinating biographies:  “Juliette Gordon Low: The Remarkable Founder of the Girl Scouts,” by Stacy A. Cordery, and “Lady from Savannah: The Life of Juliette Gordon Low,” by Gladys Denny Shultz and Daisy Gordon Lawrence.

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 64 other followers

%d bloggers like this: