Girl Scouts of America is perhaps one of the most well-known youth organizations in the world. Ever since its founding in 1912, this organization has been inspiring and teaching important skills and lessons to girls of all ages. Ideals heavily promoted by the Girl Scouts include empathy, bravery, independence, character, authority, entrepreneurship, and citizenship. Most Girl Scout activities are outdoorsy, with an emphasis on camping and community service. Even if you’ve never been in the Girl Scouts, you most likely have heard of Girl Scout badges. As members of the Girl Scouts learn new abilities, they are awarded badges. Girl Scouts are also given awards for their accomplishments, such as the Girl Scout Gold, Silver, and Bronze Awards. In 1994, a revealed that the Girl Scouts eighth was one of the "most popular charity/non-profit in America", beating out 92 similar organizations!
On March 12, 1912, Juliette Gordon Low(known by the nickname of Daisy) founded an organization called the Girl Guides of America. The year before, she had met Robert Baden-Powell, who had started the scouting movement. Wanting to create something similar for girls, Low started her own organization of 18 girls in Savannah, Georgia. This group was comprised of fierce, independent girls who were encouraged to be themselves. Things were different for girls and women back then; females couldn’t vote and had limited opportunities. The Girl Guides allowed girls to change that, redefining what females could do in society.
The Girl Scouts has had a rich history during its many years of operation. In 1913, the organization’s name was changed from the Girl Guides of America to the Girl Scouts of the United States, and later the Girl Scouts of America in 1947. In 1916, Low created the organization's first ever badge: the aviation badge. The numbers of the Girls Scouts grew from a mere 18 to 70,000 by 1920. The 1920s also saw the establishment of Girl Scout troops outside of America. By 1923, the Girl Scouts had branches in every state in the union, plus Alaska, Hawaii, and Puerto Rico. By this time, there were 125,738 members. The Girl Scouts were one of America’s greatest assets during World War II, helping to gather important supplies, finance Defense Institutes, and plant Victory Gardens. In the 1950s, the Girl Scouts sent “Kits for Korea” to those impacted by the Korean War. In the 1980s, the Girl Scouts established the Daisy level for kindergarten girls. Today, there have been 50 million women who have taken part in the Girl Scouts in some way.
You may be wondering what the Girl Scouts do, but a better question would be what don’t they do? Since the organization's beginning, they have provided enriching activities for girls that teach them important skills and how to be leaders. All Girl Scouts are sure to find adventure, no matter what they do. By exploring beyond what they thought was possible, Girl Scouts are able to broaden their horizons. Girl Scouts have always been the quintessential problem solvers, finding creative solutions to issues big and small. From arranging food drives to advocacy, there’s no problem they can’t face with their ingenuity. Most importantly, being a Girl Scout is about having a good time. You can make new friends, try things you never did before, and create lasting memories.
To support the Girl Scouts, you can donate by clicking here: https://www.girlscouts.org/en/support-us/invest/donate/donate-now-gsusa-council.html. To find other ways to show your support, click here: https://www.girlscouts.org/en/support-us.html.
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