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National Girl Scouts Week

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From March 8th-14th, it’s time to grab your Thin Mints and Do-Si-Dos because it’s National Girl Scouts Week! This week is used to commemorate the anniversary of Girl Scouts in America, and for Girls Scouts to show off their pride and sisterhood. 

Curious to learn more about this amazing organization that promotes leadership, builds confidence, and helps make their community a better place? We’ve found some fun facts and historical tidbits that will get you better acquainted with this global organization! 

The Girl Scouts turns 108 years old this year! 🎂 

On March 12, 1912, Juliette Gordon Low organized the first Girl Scout troop meeting in America! Eighteen girls were in attendance for the inaugural meeting led by Low in Savannah, Georgia. Low originally gathered the girls together to discuss a new outdoor education program she learned about abroad, but the organization turned into the girls taking part in service projects, enrichment programs, and outdoor activities. 

Girl Scout cookies were first sold in 1917 🍪

Did you know the Mistletoe Girl Scout Troop of Muskogee, Oklahoma, was the first troop to bake cookies and sell them at a fundraiser? More troops hopped on this trend, and in 1935 all troops began to sell the commercial Girl Scout cookies we know and love today. To this day, Girl Scout cookies are a significant part of how the girls raise funds for their troops, and you can now purchase them online! 

You don’t just earn badges for your outdoor skills

STEM has become an important activity in Girl Scouts over the last decade. Girls are learning about cybersecurity, data privacy, coding, and mechanical engineering to earn new tech-focused badges. 🖥

Many famous women were Girl Scouts! 🎤🎥🎾

Did you know many famous women were Girl Scouts? Some of the most notable alumnae include Ellen DeGeneres, Michelle Obama, Mary Tyler Moore, Taylor Swift, Gwyneth Paltrow, Lisa Ling, Carrie Fisher, Gloria Steinem, and Venus and Serena Williams. 

The Girl Scouts were major assets to America during the hardest times in 20th century 🏩

From selling war bonds to working at hospitals, the Girl Scouts provided a lot of support to the troops during WWI and WWII. The girls also operated bicycle courier services, ran Farm Aid projects, and collected goods for those in need. 

You can now find Girl Scouts around the world! 🌎

In the 1920s, the first troops outside of the United States were established in China, Syria, and Mexico. Now you can find over 2 million Girl Scouts in over 90 countries that believe in the power of every G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader).

Since the Girl Scouts were established, more than 50 million alumnae have earned numerous badges and have lent a helping hand to those who need it most. 

 

Thanks to all the Girl Scouts who have worked together to improve their communities around the world! 💚 If you know someone in or around Mountain House who would like to get involved with this wonderful organization, visit https://www.girlscoutshcc.org/en/about-girl-scouts/join.html.