Monday, March 12, 2012

Happy 100th Anniversary!

Juliette Gordon Low (nicknamed Daisy) was a visionary.

It all began with the first 18 girls that met with Juliette on March 12, 1912 in Savannah, Georgia, and has grown into today’s organization of 2.6 million girl members and over 3.7 total members.  It is the largest educational organization for girls in the world.  Did you know that there was Global Girl Scouting and USA Girl Scouts Overseas? 

The Girl Scout Mission is: “…to build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.”  And did I mention that Girl Scouting also includes fun and friendship?  Check out these current merit badges – the first photo from a GS stamp issued in 1987 and the other two were published in a recent Parade Magazine:

Computer Expert, Good Credit, Website Designer, Product Designer, and Digital Movie Maker ...  Pretty cool topics, huh?  Sure didn’t exist when I was in Scouting!!

Juliette expected to model her youth movement on the Boy Scouts and Girl Guides groups that were founded by her friend Sir Robert Baden-Powell in  England, but she went so much further.

This incredible woman thought that girls in the USA would benefit from preparation not only in traditional homemaking skills, but also in skills that would result in futures for them as professional women.  Her Scouts included girls with disabilities at a time when there were not many activities that included them.  Juliette herself suffered through deafness, severe back pain and cancer, but kept on ticking.  What a Woman!

Juliette’s childhood home in Savannah, now known as the Juliette Gordon Low Girl Scout National Center It is both a program center and historic house museum where visitors can catch glimpses of the life of a Victorian family.
So, Happy 100th Anniversary, Girl Scouts of the USA.   I wish you many more years of success.

And as an aside, these are how the stars are growing on the quilty front:
This won’t be the final layout, but more on that later …

1 comment:

Pattilou said...

Your stars are looking good. to find some Girl Scout cookies :)