Happy 97th Birthday Girl Scouts!
Wow, it’s hard to believe that the Girl Scouts of America are just 3 years away from celebrating their 100th birthday!
Juliette “Daisy” Gordon Low assembled 18 girls from Savannah, Georgia, on March 12, 1912, for a local Girl Scout meeting. She believed that all girls should be given the opportunity to develop physically, mentally, and spiritually. With the goal of bringing girls out of isolated home environments and into community service and the open air, Girl Scouts hiked, played basketball, went on camping trips, learned how to tell time by the stars, and studied first aid.
Within a few years, Daisy’s dream for a girl-centered organization was realized. Today, Girl Scouts of the USA has a membership of nearly four million girls and adults, a significant growth from its modest beginnings nearly a century ago. In fact, more than 50 million women in the U.S. today are Girl Scout alumnae. We invite you to learn about our robust organization and its rich history. From our willingness to tackle important societal issues, to our commitment to diversity and inclusiveness—Girl Scouts is dedicated to every girl, everywhere.
I can’t tell you what Girl Scouts did for me growing up. While not a terrible childhood, it certainly wasn’t picture perfect either. I give Girl Scouts a LOT of credit for giving me the ability to look back on my formitive years and to be able to say they weren’t that bad. All my best memories growing up involved Girl Scouts, whether is was regular troop meetings, outings, council camping trips, or summer camp. Heck, I even spent the Loma Prieta earthquake of 1989 at a Girl Scout meeting! It’s helped me to become the strong woman I am and I can’t thank my leaders and other volunteers enough.
I’m sadly not in touch with them anymore, but in the off chance they ever do a Google search for their names… THANK YOU! Shirley Taylor, who was my leader from the time I was in Brownies until the day I graduated high school, was a huge influence and inspiration in my life, and I kick myself all the time for not keeping in better contact after going away to college. While in high school our troop was merged and co-lead by Deborah Kelly and her sister Pam (for the life of me I can’t remember Pam’s last name). They also helped to shape me as a young woman ready to go off into the world and I learned so much from them as well. I can only hope someone finds this and forwards it to them so Thank you so much from Trisha (Floyd) Fawver!