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Think Halloween is just about ghost and goblins?  Definitely not!  As the days turn cooler and the 31st of October draws near, my thoughts inevitably turn to our founder, Juliette Gordon Low, whose birthday is that day.

Born in 1860, Juliette (or Daisy, as she was known) grew up in Savannah, Ga.  A fateful meeting in 1912 with Sir Robert Baden-Powell, the founder of Boy Scouts, inspired Juliette to establish Girl Scouts that same year. Telephoning a cousin from her home, she announced, "Come right over. I've got something for the girls of Savannah, and all of America, and all the world, and we're going to start it tonight!" I just love that quote...who can resist her enthusiasm?

From that first gathering of a small troop of 18 culturally and ethnically diverse girls, Juliette broke the conventions of the time--reaching across class, cultural, and ethnic boundaries to ensure all girls had a place to grow and develop their leadership skills. 

I love to talk with children about Juliette, and there are many aspects of her life that they find entertaining.  They love hearing the story of how she sold one her most treasured possessions, her pearls, to launch the Girl Scouts.  They think it's totally cool that she was born on Halloween, and never cease to find it amazing that some of her hearing loss was due to have a piece of rice thrown at her wedding become lodged in her ear. Mostly, they are amazed that a single woman could start such an amazing organization.

Thinking about Daisy makes me proud to be a Girl Scout and inspires me (and I hope you, as well!) to continue our work to help girls develop the leadership skills they need to make our world a better place.

This birthday week, I hope you and your girls will take a moment to remember our founder and the wonderful legacy that she has bestowed upon us.  May we all live up to her great expectations...Happy Birthday, Juliette!

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October 31 isn't just Halloween, it's the birthday of Juliette Gordon Low, founder of Girl Scouts of the USA. How much do you really know about her?


Test your knowledge with this quiz.


Girl Scouts of the USA has some really cool information about the woman who founded Girl Scouts! 


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On October 31, Girl Scouts from all over the United States will celebrate Juliette Low's 150th birthday!

The first troop of 18 Girl Guides formed in Savannah, Georgia, in March 1912 under the leadership of Juliette Gordon Low.  Juliette's goal was to guide her girls toward positive physical, mental and spiritual development. She took her girls hiking and camping, and taught them how to survive with first aid lessons and by using the stars as their guides. She followed through on her goal to bring her girls out into the open air and to participate in community involvement. But her success came at a price: her only funding opportunity came from the sale of her cherished and valuable pearl necklace.

Honor the birth of our founder by wearing pearls on Juliette's birthday. Thanks to her great sacrifice, Girl Scouts today are still enjoying the air of nature while maintaining their dedication to community service. By showing off your pearls on October 31, you and your troop can give Juliette a birthday gift that she is sure to love!

Check out these crafts your troop could use to make a "pearl" necklace:

Martha Stewart's Faux Pearl Necklace

Easy Faux Pearl Necklace Made of Cornstarch Clay at the Tissuepaper Blog

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March 12, 2010 commemorates the 98th  birthday of Girl Scouting.  It was that day in 1912 when Juliette Gordon Low formed the first Girl Scout troop of 18 girls. For years, Girl Scouts around the globe have been serving others.  During this week, some honor Girl Scouting by indulging in their favorite cookies, while others are inspired by the classic trefoil and its historical background.  


HGTV's blog takes a look at how the trefoil has been used in architecture throughout history.  SunTrust tower in Tampa, Fla. lit up its tower with a green light for Girl Scout week.


Wherever you are and whatever you do this Girl Scout week, be sure to show your appreciation!

Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama joins Girl Scouts around the country to make the world a better place as we celebrate Girl Scout Week and the 98th anniversary of Girl Scouts from March 7-13. More than 3 million girls in the United States and more than 9,000 girls in southern Alabama are discovering their path to leadership through Girl Scouts.

Self-discovery and community service were core values that Girl Scouts founder Juliette Gordon Low sought to instill in girls from the earliest days. When the organization was founded in 1912, many girls' paths in life were limited and Low's vision was to establish an organization where any American girl could expand her personal horizon by having fun while exploring new interests and contributing to society. Low was determined to help expand opportunities and learning for the average American girl, and founded Girl Scouts on March 12, 1912.

Join other girls and leaders from around our council on our "Heritage Trip" to the birthplace of Girl Scouting!  Take advantage of President's Day and Mardi Gras holidays and go on a once in a lifetime trip this Feb. 12-16, 2010.


Savannah is a fascinating city and there are many things to do, see and eat!  Just a few of the activities will be the Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace Program, a dolphin cruise, a tour of some reportedly haunted places the city and a visit to Paula Dean's renowned Lady and Sons restaurant.


The "hold your space" deposit of $50 is due August 31, which is half refundable.


All of the details including cost, payment schedule and the itinerary are on the Heritage Trip flyer.  If you have questions, please contact Mary Anne Brutkiewicz (extension 1202).

Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama is planning a Heritage Trip to the Juliette Gordon Low Home in historic Savannah, Ga. The trip will be February 13-16, 2010, and these dates were selected because President's Day coincides with the Mardi Gras holidays next year, so all of our girls will have a long weekend.  February is a perfect month to visit the Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace because it is not as crowded as it is in the summer.


The highlight of our trip will be our visit on Monday, February 16, to the Wayne Gordon House, built in 1821.  In the 1950's, Girl Scouts from across the nation saved the home from demolition by collecting Dimes for Daisy. The Girl Scouts wanted to have a house of their own for future generations of Girl Scouts.  More than 2.5 million visitors have been inspired by Juliette Gordon Low's remarkable life.


The Heritage Visit consists of a tour of the home, a special interest session that focuses on aspects of 19th century life and early Girl Scouting, a visit to the museum store and an opportunity for each troop to have a "Girl Scout's Own" pinning ceremony in the courtyard.


Savannah is a fascinating city and there are many things to do, see and eat!  Just a few that come to mind are a scavenger hunt through the historic area, a dolphin cruise, a tour of some reportedly haunted places the city and a visit to Paula Dean's renowned Lady and Sons restaurant.


Since we are still in the planning stage, we want you and your girls to be involved in making this a "historic" trip! If you are interested in going, or have ideas for what we should include in our trip, please contact Mary Anne Brutkiewicz at 251.344.3330, ext. 1202. This trip is for Girl Scout Juniors through Ambassadors and will be limited to the first 100 to sign up.

Come join the fun as we celebrate our Founder's Birthday!  There will be a Rock, Paper, Scissors tournament, Bingo, sack race and pie-throwing contest,  All are invited!

Where: CCC Camp in Chewacla State Park

When: October 25-26

Check in starts 4 pm Saturday for the Campout (troops bring own meals/tents), or just come for the Birthday Celebration on Sunday from 1-3.

Cost: $5/person

Deadline: October 21

Call Sandra Killian at 334-329-8307 for more details.

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