Posts Tagged ‘Juliette Gordon Low’


On Daisy’s Birthday, Five Girl Scout Accomplishments to Make Her Proud

October 26, 2015


By Meridith Orr, Program Executive

“There was nobody like her.”  – Rudyard Kipling, author of The Jungle Book

On the last day of October, 155 years ago, a girl was born who would change the world.  Juliette Magill Kinzie Gordon came into the world amid the turmoil and strife of the Civil War.   And little was expected of her beyond the typical notions of becoming a lady of her time.

However, due to her own determination and to circumstances beyond her control, she reinvented herself in mid-life and became the Daisy Gordon Low that we know and love.  She founded a movement that “supplied the education and understanding necessary to provide useful information and more opportunities for young women with an emphasis on fun and room for civic duty,” according to biographer Stacey Cordery.

There’s no doubt that if Daisy were here today, she would be pleased and proud to see the many accomplishments of the organization she built out of her carriage house in Savannah, Georgia 103 years ago.  Here are our top five favorites:

Daisy Girl Scouts

The youngest Girl Scout grade level that bears her nickname was introduced in the 1980s. We think she’d love to see these little ones learning and living the parts of the Girl Scout Law, taking field trips, learning to sell cookies, and even making up their own cookie sale jingles!

Girl Scouts Outdoors

An avid outdoorswoman, Daisy would no doubt marvel at the traditions of outdoor experience and education we continue to uphold in Girl Scouting. She always valued what girls wanted, and would have wholeheartedly endorsed the Girls’ Choice campaign that resulted in these five new badges!


In Daisy’s day, world travel was long, difficult and expensive, yet she traveled extensively to visit relatives, oversee her interests, and further the expansion of the Girl Scout Movement. Today, Girl Scout Destinations makes world travel accessible for our girls, and troops make pilgrimages to our Girl Scout World Centers in England, Switzerland, Mexico and India!  Our troops also travel locally for all sorts of amazing adventures, from exploring cultural events in major cities to camping and whitewater rafting, just to name a few!

National Young Women of Distinction

When the Golden Eaglet was introduced in Daisy’s day, the award was emblematic of a girl’s hard work to master many different skills as well as provide service in her community. Today, the award has evolved into the Girl Scout Gold Award, which not only represents local impact, but also projects that have the potential to reach around the world.  The National Young Women of Distinction represent an elite group of Gold Award recipients recognized each year.  Their projects have made an exceptional difference in the lives of others, well beyond the original vision of our Founder!

Last, but not least…59 million alumnae!

Our amazing alumnae include Supreme Court justices, astronauts, CEOs, artists and more.  All our alumnae, regardless of fame or fortune, are remarkable women who inspire others to try new things, master new skills and look for ways to make the world a better place.  Does it get any better than that?

As we mark our Founder’s Birthday, consider how her life has inspired yours. What’s your favorite fact about our Daisy?  Share your thoughts in the comments!


The Most Adventurous Girl Scout of All

October 27, 2014

By Krista Park, Communications & PR Director


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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