Organization began with one woman’s dream; evolved into premiere leadership program.
It was 99 years ago that Juliette Gordon Low made a historical telephone call to Nina Anderson Pape; distant cousin and principal of a local girls’ school.
“Come right over, I’ve got something for the girls of Savannah and all America and all the world, and we’re going to start it tonight!”
Shortly thereafter, Juliette Low held the first Girl Scout meeting in Savannah, Georgia on March 12, 1912, with 18 girls in attendance.
Since that momentous occasion, Girl Scouting has helped more than 50 million American women build courage, confidence and character through its multitude of programs, events, activities, learning and travel opportunities.
Continually evolving, yet remaining true to its core values, Girl Scouting promotes leadership development, environmental consciousness and the awareness that everyone is part of a larger global community.
“When a girl becomes a Girl Scout, she makes a promise to try to ‘help people at all times’,” said Fran Marshall, CEO, Girl Scouts Spirit of Nebraska.
“This promise is at foundation of everything a Girl Scout does. As an organization, our promise is that we give every girl access to life-changing experiences that will inspire her to do something to make the world a better place.”
In observance of the Girl Scout anniversary, March 6 through March 12, troops plan celebrations, special events and are encouraged to plan a service project for their community.
The organization also suggests that girls commemorate the anniversary with their respective congregation by wearing their Girl Scout uniform to services and by sharing information about Girl Scouting at their place of worship.