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Girl Scout Founder’s Day
ThuOct 31

Girl Scout Founder’s Day – October 31, 2024

Girl Scout Founder’s Day takes place on October 31 every year. The holiday commemorates the heroics of Juliette Gordon Low, who founded the Girl Scouts. She was born on October 31, 1860, which is why this date was chosen for the holiday. Taking charge of 18 girls, she led them as a troop on outdoor and other educational activities. Girl Scout Founder’s Day goes on to celebrate the wonderful feat of bringing confidence to millions of girls in achieving their biggest dreams.

History of Girl Scout Founder’s Day

Juliette Gordon Low became the founder of the Girl Scouts in the U.S. on March 12, 1912. It is believed that she did so with the help of Sir Robert Baden-Powell, the founder of the Scouting Movement.

She gathered 18 girls in Savannah, Georgia, her hometown, and decided to impart the lessons to them that she had learned abroad. It involved several programs, such as outdoor activities, adventures, special projects, and youth education.

The movement was initially known as the Girl Guide before changing to the Girl Scout in 1915. Juliette Gordon Low started the movement to train girls to be confident in their pursuits in life. Some of the activities included drilling and camping, which were military. She also decided to teach the girls how to tie knots, read a map, cook, apply first aid, and take care of livestock.

She remained active in the movement until her death in 1927 at the age of 66. The Girl Scout Founder’s Day falls on her birthday. At the beginning of the movement, she faced stiff opposition from people who did not think girls should participate in such activities. Most notable was James E. West, the chief executive of the Boy Scouts of America, who claimed that the Girl Guides’ activities were inappropriate for them, being girls. But she persevered, gaining more insight from the Girl’s Guide in England.

Girl Scout Founder’s Day timeline

Girl Guides is Born

The Girl Guides is founded in Great Britain in 1910 after requests from girls interested in the Boy Scout movement, established in 1908.

The U.S. Girl Guide Troop

After returning from overseas, ‘Daisy’ Low begins the Girl Guide troop.

21st century
Millions of Girl Scouts

Early in the 21st century, there are more than 10 million Girl Scouts and Girl Guides worldwide.

Celebrating 100 years

The Girl Scouts of the U.S.A. celebrate 100 years since its founding.

Girl Scout Founder’s Day FAQs

What is G.I.R.L?

G.I.R.L is an acronym used to describe Girl Scouts, and it stands for Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, and Leader. 

What is the slogan of the Girl Scout?

The slogan of the Girl Scouts is “Do a Good Turn Daily.”

What is the motto of the Girl Scout?

 The motto of the Girl Scouts is “Be Prepared.”

How To Celebrate Girl Scout Founder’s Day

  1. Join the Girl Scouts

    As long as you’re a female, you can always join the Girl Scouts. Even adults are encouraged to join in one capacity or the other.

  2. Donate to the Girl Scout movement

    You can volunteer or give to the movement through avenues on the internet.

  3. Share your Girl Scout memories

    You can use hashtags on social media to share your memories of being a Girl Scout and create more awareness about it.

5 Interesting Facts About Girl Scouts

  1. Over 2.5 million members

    The Girl Scouts have grown big since it started and include girl and adult members.

  2. More than 100 years old

    The Girl Scout movement is 109 years old.

  3. Going international

    The founder was very keen on partnerships with the movement in other countries, especially England.

  4. Buried in her Girl Scout uniform

    When Juliette Gordon Low died, she was buried in the Girl Scout uniform.

  5. Helping other organizations

    The Girl Scout has been of help to other organizations such as the Red Cross.

Why We Love Girl Scout Founder’s Day

  1. It empowers girls

    The movement is all about instilling confidence in girls to achieve their dreams. So many girls who have gone through scouting are happier for it.

  2. It involves outdoor activities

    We love that girls can explore the outside world and are taught how to cope and survive outside.

  3. It is fun and serious business

    The Girl Scout has elements of military preparedness, but it is also fun.

Girl Scout Founder’s Day dates

2024October 31Thursday
2025October 31Friday
2026October 31Saturday
2027October 31Sunday
2028October 31Tuesday

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