Girl Scout Leader Appreciation Day is celebrated annually on April 22. The day honors all Girl Scout volunteers working as leaders and mentors of these girls who at such ages need good guidance. Girl Scout leaders are adult volunteers in Girl Scouting and serve as guides and mentors. These selfless people help girls develop confidence, learn important skills, and introduce them to new experiences that set Girl Scouts on their way to achieving their potential. They make exceptional contributions to the development of the Girl Scout movement, serving as role models. Although their efforts are always appreciated, Girl Scout Leader Appreciation Day has been set aside to publicly acknowledge the important roles they play.
History of Girl Scout Leader Appreciation Day
Girl Scouting in America started as the Girl Guide troop and was organized by Juliette Gordon Low in 1912. It was a meeting of 18 girls in Savannah, Georgia intending to give the United States and the world “something for all girls”. Her goal was to bring girls in America out of their homes to serve their communities, experience the outdoors, and have the opportunity to develop their self-reliance and resourcefulness. Since its humble beginnings and to date, it has been an avenue for growth for girls.
In late 1912, Juliette Low proposed a merge between the Camp Fire Girls and the Girl Guides but was rejected in January 1913 as the Camp Fire Girls was the larger group then.
After the failure of the proposed merge, she tried to merge the organization with the Girl Scouts of America which was founded by Clara Lisetor-Lane in Des Moines, Iowa as she thought the similarities between both organizations would make it easier. This didn’t go well however as Lisetor-Lane felt like Low copycatted her organization and threatened to sue. Lisetor-Lane’s organization later crumbles due to a lack of financial resources.
In 1913, the Girl Guides of America changed its name to Girl Scouts of the United States and moved its headquarters to Washington, D.C. The name was later changed on March 16, 1947, to its current form, Girl Scouts of the United States of America (G.S.U.S.A.). Today, more than 50 million American women have participated in Girl Scouts and through its membership in the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts, G.S.U.S.A. represent over 10 million members in 146 countries.
Girl Scout Leader Appreciation Day timeline
Juliette Low establishes the Girl Guides of America.
The Girl Guides of America changes its name to the Girl Scouts of the United States and moves its headquarters to Washington, D.C.
The Girl Scouts of the United States gains over 200,000 members.
The name changes to its current form, Girl Scouts of the United States of America.
Girl Scout Leader Appreciation Day FAQs
What is the Girl Scout Promise?
The Girl Scout promise says “I will do my best to be honest and fair, friendly and helpful, considerate and caring, courageous and strong, and responsible for what I say and do, and to respect myself and others, respect authority, use resources wisely, make the world a better place, and be a sister to every Girl Scout.”
What do the three fingers mean in Girl Scouts?
They represent the girl’s own spiritual beliefs, other people, and the Girl Scout Law.
What are the four pillars of Girl Scouts?
The four pillars are STEM education, the outdoors, life skills, and entrepreneurship.
Girl Scout Leader Appreciation Day Activities
Join the organization
Join the organization as a Girl Scout leader to celebrate the day. It presents you with an opportunity to be a role model to the girls.
Donate to the organization
Celebrate the day by donating to the organization. It helps the girls scouts have more activities that build a better future for the girls.
Spread awareness of the day
Spread awareness of the day. Recognizing people for their work makes them more likely to continue doing a good job.
5 Rules Of The Girl Scouts
Majority of female senators were Girl Scouts
This list includes Hilary Clinton and they are well represented as 69% of female Senators were Girl Scouts.
Juliette Low was buried in her uniform
She stayed dedicated to the cause even to her death and was buried in her uniform.
More money than Oreos
Cookies sold by the Girl Scouts, which has been a tradition for over 100 years, sell more than Oreos.
Girl Scouts have produced many astronauts
Over 20 Girl Scouts, since its inception, have gone on to become astronauts, including Dr. Kathryn Sullivan, who was the first American woman to perform a spacewalk in 1984.
Girl Scouts helped during the World Wars
Girl Scouts tended to victory gardens, drove ambulances for the Red Cross, and sold war bonds.
Why We Love Girl Scout Leader Appreciation Day
It appreciates their efforts
Celebrating the day appreciates Girl Scout leaders and their efforts. Even though they require none, it’s always nice to show appreciation for their selflessness.
It encourages more girl scouts
Seeing people being celebrated for doing good works encourages others to do so by either joining the Girl Scouts or another way. More Girl Scouts in society can only be a positive.
It encourages more donations
More awareness of Girl Scout Leader Appreciation Day encourages more donations from people. More financing helps them do their duties better and make society a better place.
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