The work of today is the history of tomorrow, and we are its makers.
-- Juliette Gordon Low
One hundred years ago today Juliette Gordon Low made the historic phone call to her cousin and exclaimed, “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!” Low then gathered 18 girls in Savannah, Georgia and held the first troop meeting of the all-girl organization originally called American Girl Guides and what is today known as Girl Scouts.
In developing the Girl Scout movement in the United States, Low brought girls of all backgrounds into the outdoors, giving them the opportunity to develop self-reliance and resourcefulness. She encouraged girls to prepare not only for traditional homemaking, but also for possible future roles as professional women—in the arts, sciences and business—and for active citizenship outside the home.
Girl Scouts appeal was so great that by 1920, Girl Scouts had truly become part of America’s favorite pastime consisting of nearly 70,000 Girl Scouts nationwide, including the territory of Hawaii. Today, Girl Scouts has over 3.7 million members and includes in its membership over 50 million-plus alumnae, including Hillary Clinton, Katie Couric, Gloria Steinem, Mary Tyler Moore, and Lucille Ball.
While the traditional elements of Girl Scouting from Low’s time still remains-cookies, camp, and crafts, the new generation of the Girl Scout Movement updates the 3C’s to reflect Girl Scouts’ commitment to leadership and building girl’s who have the 3C’s- courage, confidence, and character.
While Juliette Gordon Low left us with many great things, one thing is for sure- she taught girls and women everywhere to dream- and dream big. When asked what the girls should do, she would respond “what do the girls WANT to do?
On this day, let’s reflect on our own Girl Scouting experiences and remember the amazing woman who started it all. Today, let’s commemorate 100 years of Girl Scouting by partaking in simple acts to show your affinity for Girl Scouts. So today wear green. Wear a Girl Scout pin or shirt. Attend a local 100th anniversary event. Today make a donation in honor of the 100th. Today buy a case of cookies and donate them to soldiers overseas through Troop to Troop. Today, advocate on behalf of girls. Like us on Facebook. Come into the shop and save 25% on Anniversary Merchandise. Today, tell someone proudly that you are a Girl Scout. Today, be a sister to every Girl Scout.
And today and everyday let’s honor the work of our Founder, Juliette Gordon Low, by truly living the Girl Scout Law and making the world a better place.