Their smiles, their adorable little outfits, their delicious cookies, their pledge to “be ready to help out wherever they are needed”—what’s not to love about Girl Scouts? For the 200 million boxes of cookies they bring right to our doors every year alone, they deserve their own holiday. Not to mention all of the other good they have done!
History of Girl Scout Day
Girl Scouts came into existence in 1912, when a woman named Juliette “Daisy” Gordon Low organized the first-ever Girl Scout meeting in Savannah, Georgia, with just 18 girls from the surrounding area. Low had spent considerable time thinking about what could be done to help young women get outdoors and become more independent, self-reliant, and resourceful so they could become better citizens in the future.
From the very beginning, the Girl Scouts have been an organization run by women, for women, and over a hundred years after its creation, it has grown to 3.7 million members worldwide. It has been estimated that, since its inception, 50 million girls and women have been a member of the organization. Membership is organized by age, and there are different activities available at each level, all suited to the individual needs of each age group.
The Girl Scouts is an organization for American girls and American girls living abroad, traditionally ages 5 to 18. Girl Scouts typically meet in groups called a troop, with the troops being run by volunteers, who are often parents of troop members. This makes the Girl Scouts a very close-knit organization. Girl Scout Day has celebrated on the date that Low organized the first Girl Scout meeting, on March 12th.
WHY WE LOVE NATIONAL GIRL SCOUT DAY
Girl Scouts empowers girls
The Girl Scout mission is to “[build] girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.” How could we not love an organization who wants to create powerful girls? We need the next generation to be both smart and altruistic, and Girl Scouts is trying to accomplish just that. Queen Bey explains it better than we ever could: “Who run the world? Girls!”
Their cookies are delicious, darn it
Excuse our French; we get very excited about Girl Scout cookies. We’ve started minor wars with our friends over which flavors are the best. And it’s all because of those delicious circles of minty, chocolate, peanut-buttery goodness. We can’t stop eating them. We don’t want to stop eating them! We will gladly give up being healthy or in staying in shape if it means we can eat mass quantities of these wonderful cookies. Plus, a hot body is overrated … right?
They taught everyone we know how to make lanyards
Let’s be real — none of us would know how to make lanyards without a Girl Scout. Whether you made your first lanyard in summer camp or on the elementary school playground, you learned how to do it from a Girl Scout. We don’t know exactly why all Girl Scouts make lanyards, but we’ve all reaped the benefits. What would life be without lanyards? Backpack zippers would be much less swanky, at the very least. Thank you, Girl Scouts.
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