Juliette Gordon Low was born on October 31, 1860 a few months before the Civil War began. Girl Scouts of all ages honor Juliette Low’s birthday on or near October 31st. Younger girls enjoy hearing the story of the founder, some plan a field trip or special outing like roller-skating, while older girls may choose to do a service project.
Girl Scout Leader’s Day was first commemorated 25 years ago on April 22nd. Originally designed to honor adult volunteers who led Girl Scout troops, over the years Leader’s Day has evolved to recognize the contributions of volunteers throughout our Movement. It is now more appropriately called Girl Scout Leadership Day, an inclusive term that acknowledges the important role that older girls, staff members and others play in striving to make Girl Scouting the premier leadership development organization for girls. Both girls and adults alike have the opportunity to explore their own personal leadership style through Girl Scouts and on this day we salute the work our leaders have done to make our organization and our communities great.
Girl Scout Week
The first Girl Scout meeting was held on March 12, 1912 in Savannah, Georgia. To observe this birthday each troop plans how they want to celebrate. On or near March 12th each year girls may eat birthday cake and ice cream, attend a unit event, join with other troops and sing songs, conduct a service project or attend a council-sponsored event. Girl Scout Week dates from 2010 to 2012 are as follows. Girl Scout Week begins on Sunday and concludes on the following Saturday. This arrangement allows our membership of diverse faiths to celebrate on their chosen day of worship. It also allows consistency in planning.
• 2013 - Sunday, March 10 to Saturday, March 16
World Thinking Day
On this day Girl Scouts and Girl Guides worldwide celebrate international friendship. Each year on February 22 they “think about one another” and the millions of members in this sisterhood. (Learn more by reading the World Thinking Day document.) This Girl Scout special day is a great time to make monetary contributions to the Juliette Low World Friendship Fund (JLWFF). Learn more on the GSUSA Web site.
Girl Scouts of the USA is a member of the largest organization for girls and women in the world, the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS). Currently there are 144 member countries of WAGGGS. The World Bureau, the international secretariat, is located in London and provides day-to-day support for the World Movement, serving as a link to all the member organizations. WAGGGS operates four World Centers: Our Cabana in Cuernavaca Mexico, Our Chalet in Adelboden Switzerland, Pax Lodge in London England (adjacent the World Bureau) and Sangam in Pune India, where Girl Scouts and Girl Guides (adults and girls) from around the world are welcome to enjoy the sisterhood of Girl Scouting (each World Center has its own programs and activities unique to Girl Scouting/Guiding in that region). The WAGGGS organization promotes a triennial theme of significance to the well-being of girls world-wide. More information and practical activities relating to World Thinking Day is available on the WAGGGS Web site. and the World Thinking Day site.