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Happy Birthday, Girl Scouts! Reflecting on Our History

March 12, 2018

1467230865602As we celebrate Girl Scouts’ 106th birthday, we acknowledge the creation of the very first troop in Savannah, GA.  Juliette Gordon “Daisy” Low invited a group of girls to a meeting and began teaching them the ten parts of the Law as they were stated at the time:  A Girl Scout is Honorable, Loyal, Useful, A Friend to All, Courteous, Pure, Kind to Animals, Obedient, Cheerful and Thrifty. Today, Girl Scouts take the lead in their homes, schools, and local communities in fidelity to these basic principles.

Daisy encouraged the girls to get outside and explore the outdoors, learn all about nature and be physically active, even creating a basketball court at her home so that girls could play freely in their own space. She donated her carriage house (what we would call a garage today) to serve as the first Girl Scout office. And to finance the books, patches and uniform pieces she deemed essential to Girl Scouting, she sold her pearls.

With boundless energy and an unfailing vision, our Founder advocated for girls. She refused to let her efforts be limited by her health, society’s expectations of girls and women or the word, “No.” Daisy’s fierce determination inspired others to carry on this important work, so that our Movement would grow from a handful of girls in her parlor in 1912 to more than 50 million alumnae a century later.

She extended her hand in sisterhood not only to her local community, but also to the world. After inviting Girl Guides and Girl Scouts to convene at our national training center, 26 countries around the globe sent delegates to Camp Edith Macy in 1926. Among the celebrations and folk dances, the delegates resolved to establish World Thinking Day, a tradition we uphold today. Daisy pushed for this conference as her final gift to the Movement, for she would pass away less than a year later.

While technology now connects people in a manner unthinkable in Daisy’s day, today’s girls grapple with the frantic pace of life and practically limitless choices for how to occupy their time. In the midst of this day-to-day frenzy, our Movement provides respite with a refreshing blend of outdoor fun, learning, sisterhood, and service opportunities. The “how” may have changed, but the “why” remains. Our Promise inspires all Girl Scouts to be honorable, helpful, service-minded and faithful to the Law.



World Thinking Day

March 5, 2018


Connect, grow, and impact, Girl Scouts! On Saturday, February 24th, Girl Scouts and Girl Guides across the globe did just that during an event recognizing World Thinking Day (celebrated February 22), an annual celebration of international friendship and sisterhood. World Thinking Day has been a Girl Scout tradition since 1926, and is celebrated by girls from 146 different countries!

This year’s World Thinking Day theme was “Impact”, and focused on what it means to make an impact on the world. Girls explored the impact they could make on both people in other cultures and the environment! Being a G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader) means taking action through service to those in need and to our planet, and World Thinking Day served as the perfect opportunity to discover the amazing differences that girls can make across the globe.


Girl Scouts of all ages and backgrounds gathered at Camp Mary Atkinson for our council’s own special celebration, and troops had the opportunity to teach and learn about another country’s customs, traditions, and values. Each troop represented a different country, and spent time researching at troop meetings before the event. The Girl Scouts used their expertise to decorate a booth reflecting their country, and facilitated an activity to teach other girls about it!

Girl Scouts traveled “the globe” going from activity to activity learning about the lives of girls across the world. A variety of countries were represented, including India, South Africa, Ireland, the Bahamas, and many more! At the booths, the girls provided cultural representations of their countries such as clothing and food. What fun!

Girls also worked together to create a large hand print craft representing how girls can leave their mark on the world. Each girl had the opportunity to decorate a hand print, showing that each individual G.I.R.L. can make a big difference if she lends a helping hand.World thinking handprint

Girl Scouts are all part of an incredible group of women who make the world a better place, and World Thinking day is a fun and immersive celebration of this global sisterhood.

How did you celebrate culture and impact on World Thinking Day, Girl Scouts? Share with us and get your badge here!

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