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Girl Scouts of Connecticut Celebrate Founder's Birthday; All Girl Scouts asked to wear pearls to honor founder

October 28, 2011

On October 31, Girl Scouts of Connecticut and Girl Scouts across the country will celebrate the birthday of the organization’s founder, Juliette Gordon Low.

In March of 1912, Low formed the first Troop of 18 Girl Guides in Savannah, Georgia. Low believed that all girls should be given the opportunity to develop physically, mentally, and spiritually. With the goal of bringing girls out of isolated home environments and into community service and the open air, Low’s Girl Scouts hiked, went on camping trips, learned how to tell time by the stars, and studied first aid. Low believed in her dream of Girl Scouts for all girls so strongly that she sold her valuable pearl necklace in order to fund the early days of Girl Scouting. In honor of Juliette Gordon Low and in the spirit of Girl Scouting, all Girl Scouts, past and present, are asked to wear pearls on October 31.

This birthday is especially exciting, as Girl Scouts in Connecticut will celebrate 100 years of Girl Scouting all year, highlighted by the 100th Jubilee scheduled in May of 2012 at the Durham Fairgrounds in Durham, CT.

All Girl Scouts have the opportunity to receive a Happy Birthday Juliette Low fun patch, which also features a Halloween pumpkin, at the Girl Scouts of Connecticut shops. Girl Scouts may receive this patch by shopping on October 31 and purchasing anything at the shops located in the North Haven, Hartford, Wilton, or Bridgeport Service Centers.

While Girl Scouts continue to enjoy the great outdoors, participating in many traditional Girl Scouting activities, the Girl Scout Leadership Experience of today helps a girl discover herself  and her values, connect with others globally and locally, and take action to make the world a better place by making a difference in their community. 100 years since the Girl Scouts were created, we have continued making girls into leaders in their communities, work places, and at home.

As Girl Scouts celebrate Low’s 151st birthday, we honor our founder’s ideals as we help to prepare the next generation of leaders.


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