Happy birthday Juliette!

Juliette Gordon Low, founder of Girl Scouts of the USA, was born Juliette Magill Kinzie Gordon on October 31, 1860, in Savannah, Georgia. “Daisy,” as she was affectionately known by family and friends, was a sensitive and talented youngster. She spent a happy childhood in her large Savannah home, now the Juliette Gordon Low Girl Scout National Center.

Juliette spent several years searching for something useful to do with her life. Her search ended in 1911 when she met Sir Robert Baden-Powell, founder of the Boy Scouts and Girl Guides, and became interested in this new youth movement.

Less than a year later, she made a historic telephone call to a friend, saying, “I’ve got something for the girls of Savannah, and all of America, and all the world, and we’re going to start it tonight!” On March 12, 1912, Juliette Low gathered 18 girls to register the first troop of American Girl Guides. The name of the organization was changed to Girl Scouts the following year.

Each year Girl Scouts all over the country celebrate Juliette Gordon Low’s birthday on or around October 31.
Celebrate Juliette’s birthday with games, songs and other activities. Or you could participate in Birthday in a Bag, a service project started by a troop in Kansas. How will you and your troop celebrate? Maybe you will just eat cake!

 

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