|Juliette Gordon Low
Founder of Girl Scouts
When Juliette Gordon Low founded the first Girl Scout troop in Savannah, Georgia in 1912, women were less equal than men by law.
Juliette Low knew that change would only come if girls’ attitudes and expectations changed and if they would move forward to influence others.
She realized that learning how to build a fire wasn’t the most important thing for girls but, once they had done it, it would stay with them forever. And when a girl taught someone else to do it, she would know it on a whole new level.
Then it wouldn’t be about the fire anymore. It would be about the certainty within each girl that she could pass her knowledge on, like a spark, and when it catches, she would know anything is possible.
was chartered March 16, 1950 and today the organization has over 3.4 million members throughout the United States, including U.S. territories, and in more than 90 countries through USA Girl Scouts Overseas.
In 2004, Girl Scouts of the USA began a process to assure the future success and growth of Girl Scouts in the 21st Century. The Core Business Strategy included a nationwide realignment of Girl Scout councils.
As part of the realignment process, on October 1, 2007, Maine’s two legacy councils - Abnaki Girl Scout Council, and Girl Scouts of Kennebec Council - merged to become Girl Scouts of Maine. The result is a high capacity organization that serves girl and adult members statewide and offers an expanded list of programs and resources.
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