Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Girl Scouts of America

Here in Savannah, is the birthhome of Juliettte Gordon Low.


"Juliette Gordon Low spent several years searching for something useful to do with her life. Her search ended in 1911, when she met Sir Robert Baden-Powell, founder of the Boy Scouts and Girl Guides...



Less than a year later, she returned to the United States and made her historic telephone call to a friend (distant cousin), saying "I've got somethingfor the girls of Savannah, and all of America, and all the world, and we're going to start it tonight!"  (info from GirlScouts.org)



On March 12, 1912, Juliette Low (age 52 years old), gathered 18 girls to register the first troop of American Girl Guides. Margaret "Daisy Doots" Gordon, her niece and namesake, was the first registered member.  (info from GirlScouts.org)



The name of the organization was changed to Girl Scouts the following year." (info from girlscouts.org)

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I was a Girl Scout Brownie, a Junior, Cadette and a Senior. 

In 1963 the age structure was rearranged to Brownies (ages seven through nine, later six through nine), Juniors (ages nine through 11), Cadettes (ages 11 through 14), and Seniors (ages 14 through 17).  

Since 2008, Girl Scouts of the USA have had six age levels: Daisy (ages 5-7) Brownie (7-9), Junior (9-11), Cadettes (11-14), Seniors (9th and 10th grades), Ambassadors (11th and 12th grades). (info from Wikipedia)

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These are the only photos, of me as a Girl Scout Senior, I had on hand.

These were when I was in the 9th grade and my family was stationed at Clark A.F.B., Philippines.

Taken right before boarding the bus for a camping trip with my Girl Scout troop.
The Boy Scouts were also heading off to their own campgrounds.


Ready to get on the road to meet and join with a Filipino Girl Scouts Troop. 
They were hosting our troop from the Air Force Base.


Looking down a valley ...as our bus makes its way to the campgrounds.


One of my memories of that camping trip, is the Orienteering challenge that we had while there. 

We were either in groups of two or three and had to use our compasses and maps to get to various checkpoints and then make our way back to the main campgrounds.  

Along the way, one of my contact lenses fell out (without them, I am "legally blind"! and with only one, I was getting dizzy.   So towards the end, I took out the other one (partly because I thought I might lose it and then be out the rest of the time without anything to see!)

In spite, of not being able to see, my team made it back first! We earned the first place award and our orienteering badge. 
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Here is a Girl Scout logo drawn for a going away gift for a Troop leader.


My hubby and I went to visit some dear friends in Virginia, so I didn't get my post up last week. 
But I am  joining in this week's  Alphabe-Thursday's "G" with Jenny!

Thank you for stopping by and I will be sure to return your lovely visits...

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25 comments:

Esther Joy said...

Probably the best way I have supported the Girl Scouts is by buying their delicious cookies! My family likes them almost as good as my home-made!

Mrs. C said...

I have fond memories as a Girl Scout too! Thanks for sharing!

⚜ ↁℯℬℬᴵℰ⚜ said...

What a touching story! I loved the little history lesson on the girlscouts.

We Four Explorers said...

I read a biographical book on her when I was a little girl! I loved the book, and wished that my parents had more time to let me be a Girl Scout. There is no question about if I will put my daughter in when she's old enough. My son is a Boy Scout, and we love the fact that he's growing up along with all of the fun, structure, and guidance.
Have a great week!
Janet

LDH said...

Oh, Maria, what a great post! Look at sweet little Girl Scout you! What an amazing photo of the camping trip... WOW!

JDaniel4's Mom said...

I enjoyed learning more about the Girl Scouts.

upinthecosmos said...

I was a brownie and a girl scout... I never got to go to camp thought, that would have been fun!

Ames said...

I've toured her home. But I wasn't a Girl Scout. I was a 4-H'er. You haven't changed my dear. You still look the same!~Ames

Ⓙ @ $ € € ₦$ ₣®0₥... said...

G is for Great Post!!

myorii said...

What a great post! I've always wanted to be a girl scout. When I was 7, I begged my mom to take me to a girls scout information meeting. I almost convinced my mom to let me join until she found out that there were overnight trips involved and that I had to sell girl scout cookies every year. Being in the girl scouts did sound like a lot of fun though!

ellen b. said...

What a great post with all that history!

Sue said...

My family has a scouting history, too. And two of my three boys are Eagle Scouts.

=)

Rocky Mountain Woman said...

I was a "brownie" for about two months before I gave up...

I'm such an outdoorsy kind of girl, I bet if I'd kept on with it, it would have been fun, but I was young and impatient!

criticalcrass said...

i enjoyed reading about this, and i loved the photos, especially the one of that valley! so pretty!

Annesphamily said...

r middle brother was a boy scout. I never was a girl scout but I always buy cookies from them! This was a nice post. Great story telling! How are you these days? Anne

Judie said...

I was a girl scout for many years. I still have my badge sash! Good "G" word!!

Pondside said...

That was interesting. I didn't know how the Guiding movement came to the USA. I was a Brownie and then a Girl Guide - then a Sparks leader and a Brown Owl for my daughter.

Kel said...

I remember loving being a Brownie. I need to think about getting my girls started.

Jenny said...

Oh, I can only imagine how glorious Virginia must have been this time of year. That glowing green everywhere. Such a lovely State.

I remember being a Brownie and a Girl Scout, both. I have my old books and badges somewhere, I suspect!

Thanks for a neat walk down memory lane this week.

Thank you for linking.

A+

PS. Love your pictures, as always.

LV said...

Enjoyed the history lesson. It along with your family really makes for great reading. You know I love visiting with you. Come again anytime.

JDaniel4's Mom said...

I wish JDaniel had inherited my husband's athletic ability. He seems to have my lack of ability.

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

Hi Maria...thank you for your comment on my gardens...they take a lot of time...but love them...your orienteering trip must have been exciting,eh....nice pics

Splendid Little Stars said...

I was a Brownie, Junior, and Cadette Girl Scout through the 8th grade. I remember going on a trip to New York and seeing the Statue of Liberty. (I lived outside of DC.)
My daughter was a Brownie, Junior, and Cadette through 9th grade. Although I wasn't officially a leader, I helped out at most meetings and on trips. It was lots of fun participating in this activity with my daughter!
For many years now, I've taught tie dyeing classes to Girl Scouts. This began when someone asked me if I would come teach their Brownie troop. I love teaching tie dye! I've also taught at GS camps. Two years ago, I put photos of camp tie dyeing on my blog. This group wanted shirts that were red, white, and blue. It was great fun!
Here's that post.

Jo said...

Always interesting reading!..
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~JO
LazyonLoblolly

criticalcrass said...

and the winners are ...

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