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Meet the Black Women Who Desegregated Girl Scouts

When Juliette Gordon Low started Girl Scouts in 1912, she founded it on the principle that it would be a space for “all girls.” Black girls were proud to be a part of the third troop ever formed in 1913 in New Bedford, Massachusetts, and in 1917, the first all-Black Girl Scout troops were established. Despite these instances of inclusion for all girls, Black girls were still being excluded from participation by segregation laws across the United States. In a private letter, Low  ...

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Badges, Activities, & Beyond, Ceremonies, Traditions, & Awards

Celebrate Black History Month with Girl Scouts!

When you think about history, it’s likely that you think about things that happened a long time ago, perhaps even in a land far, far away. But the truth is, history is happening right now—it’s all around us, and it vibrates through the very fabric of the Girl Scout movement. Think about it: Girl Scouts all over the country are in the process of making history in their schools and communities, instituting meaningful change, standing up for what’s right, breaking records, and setting new  ...

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Ceremonies, Traditions, & Awards, Volunteers

Girl Scout Traditions: World Thinking Day

Girl Scouts are part of a global sisterhood stretching around our planet like a giant sparkling friendship bracelet. And we celebrate that sisterhood with Girl Scouts and Girl Guides from 146 different countries every year on February 22 during World Thinking Day (WTD)! Thinking Day is a day of international friendship for 10 million Girl Guides and Girl Scouts around the world. Each year the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) chooses a theme, and in 2019 that theme  ...

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Alumnae, Ceremonies, Traditions, & Awards, Parents

Celebrating Our Founder: Juliette Gordon Low

Do you know the story of Juliette Gordon Low, the founder of Girl Scouts? She’s one of our favorite trailblazers, and October 31 is her birthday! So today we celebrate her boundless enthusiasm, ardent belief in the potential of girls to achieve great things, and ability to galvanize others to take action. In 1912 she started a movement whose impact is still felt today by millions of girls and women across our nation. Now that’s a legacy worth celebrating! But who was Juliette?  ...

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