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A Birthday Wish for Girl Scout Founder
What would the Girl Scouts’ founder, Juliette Gordon Low, wish for on her birthday? Low, who was born in Savannah, Georgia on October 31, 1860, would probably wish for today’s girls to grow up to be self-reliant and to have a heart for community service - as she did when she started the organization 95 years ago. In 1912, Juliette had to build a fence around headquarters so girls wouldn’t scandalize the locals by playing basketball in their bloomers. Girls don’t have to worry about covering up their ankles when participating in any of the current Girl Scout programs or visiting destinations near and far - but just like the Girl Scouts of yesteryear, they have the opportunity to test their boundaries and explore new worlds.
Juliette Gordon Low, affectionately nicknamed ‘Daisy’ by family and friends, would also wish for adult volunteers to be active role models, troop leaders and program volunteers. When she was recruiting adult help in the early days of Girl Scouts, Low would use her hearing impairment as an advantage by not acknowledging people who told her “no.” Today’s Girl Scout leaders share the founder’s passion for helping build girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place. Committed adults are the foundation of the Girl Scout movement.
When Low started the organization, there were only 18 members; however it had grown to more than 168,000 Girl Scout members when she died in 1927 of breast cancer. Today Girl Scouting has more than 3.7 million members worldwide and Girl Scouts is the premiere leadership development organization for girls.
Juliette Gordon Low was an extraordinary woman who was giving and caring, especially where her Girl Scouts were concerned. So, although she is gone, she is certainly not forgotten. Halloween has a special meaning for Girl Scouts as Low’s legacy lives on in the hearts and minds of millions of girls around the world. There are a variety of ways local Girl Scouts choose to celebrate Juliette’s birthday. Some troops plan a special party or event or do a service project in her honor, among other activities.
Chartered by GSUSA to provide Girl Scouting locally, Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council is one of the largest Girl Scout councils in the country serving more than 63,000 girl members and 18,000 adults in 25 southeast Texas counties. For more information on Girl Scouts, membership or volunteer opportunities, call 713-292-0300 or visit www.gssjc.org.
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Embracing and promoting pluralism is an integral part of every activity and plan of Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council, not disconnected or separate projects. Only individuals willing to accept and be educated about the basic tenet that Girl Scouting is for all girls may serve in volunteer leadership or staff positions.
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