NATIONAL GIRL SCOUT DAY
As part of Girl Scout Week, National Girl Scout Day on March 12th honors the history and legacy of Girl Scouting in America each year.
Girl Scouting in the United States of America began on this day, March 12, 1912, when Juliette Gordon Low organized the first Girl Scout troop meeting. At this first troop meeting in Savannah, Georgia, there were 18 girls present. For these girls, Juliette Gordon Low organized enrichment programs, service projects, and outdoor activities and adventures. Since the time of the first meeting, Girl Scouts has grown to over 3.7 million members.
- The organization’s original name was the Girl Guides of America
- By 1920 there were close to 70,000 members
- By 1930 there were over 200,000 members
- In 2005 there were over 3.7 million members
“Do a Good Turn Daily”
“Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place.”
HOW TO OBSERVE NATIONAL GIRL SCOUT DAY
- Celebrate all that the Girl Scouts have done to empower girls and what the organization has done for communities across the country.
- Support your local troops.
- Learn more about the Girl Scout organization and its impact on girls and young women.
- Share your experience with girl scouting.
- Volunteer to be a leader.
- For more information, see the official website: Girl Scouts of the USA(GSUSA)
- Use #NationalGirlScoutDay to post on social media.
NATIONAL GIRL SCOUT DAY HISTORY
National Girl Scout Day commemorates the birthday of the Girl Scouts of USA. While individual troops and regions have celebrated the anniversary of this day, we were not able to identify when it became an annually observed national day.
Girl Scouts FAQ
Q. Why do the Girl Scouts sell cookies each year?
A. The Girl Scouts have been selling cookies since 1917. The annual fundraiser helps support the organization and its activities.
Q. What kind of cookie was the first Girl Scout cookie?
A. Girl Scouts baked cookies at home to sell much like we hold bake sales today. In 1922, a sugar cookie recipe was published in The American Girl magazine as a suggested recipe for Girl Scouts to make.