Today the Girl Scouts turn 101. I vote that we all get together and eat thin mints to celebrate!
Some Girl Scout History:
On March 12, 1912, Juliette Low of Savannah, Georgia got together 18 girls to register the first troop of American Girl Guides. (The following year American Girl Guides was renamed to Girl Scouts.) Today there are over 3.2 million Girl Scouts. (This is a number that combines the girl members as well as their adult leaders.) According to the Girl Scout’s website over 59 million American women have been a Girl Scout.
Because my family moved around a lot I only managed to be a Girl Scout for half of a school year. I remember meetings after school in the cafeteria and playing some sort of game involving passing an orange between your knees. There were speakers and lessons, but most of all it allowed me to feel like I was part of something larger than myself.
The Girl Scouts were also helpful in the formative years for many of our favorite celebrities.
Look who used to be a Girl Scout!
Were you in the Girl Scouts?
Image Credit: Girl Scouts