Submitted by GSCO Volunteer Support Specialist Rebecca Lipman
Girl Scouts in Brighton’s Harper’s Ferry Service Unit gathered to celebrate the birthday of Girl Scout Founder Juliette Gordon Low and Halloween. In addition to the regular Halloween fun of dressing up, the girls decided to honor Juliette’s legacy and birthday by creating birthday kits that were donated to a local food bank! Knowing that birthdays can often be a difficult time financially for families, the birthday kits can be given to families in need to help relieve this burden. The birthday kits contained all the supplies needed to make a birthday cake, as well as cards made and signed by the Girl Scouts.
The girls also celebrated Halloween by dressing up, learning the Thriller dance, and having fun with some spooky science!
To make your own birthday kit you will need the following ingredients:
Single serving applesauce
A gift bag it will all fit into
Juliette Gordon Low’s desire to make the world a better place was evident early in her life. When she was just 16, she convinced her cousins to start the Helping Hands Club with her, to make clothing for families who had recently immigrated to the U.S. This was Juliette’s first foray into civic action, organizing in the community, and inspiring girls to take the lead for the greater good.
Fast forward to 1912, when Juliette, affectionately known as “Daisy” by her family and close friends, gathered 18 girls in her hometown of Savannah, Georgia, to share what she’d learned abroad about a new outdoor and educational program for youth. With this, the first Girl Scout troop was formed—and the Girl Scout Movement was born to serve all girls nationwide.
Our earliest Girl Scouts, along with our pioneering founder, blazed trails and redefined what was possible for themselves and for girls everywhere. And ever since, Girl Scouts has provided girls with transformative experiences that set them up to lead in their own lives and the world. Because of Girl Scouts, millions of G.I.R.L.s (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)™ have been prepared for a lifetime of leadership—from hiking under the stars to accepting a mission to the International Space Station; from lobbying the city council with their troop to holding a seat in Congress; from running their own cookie business to tackling cybersecurity.
Here are three things you can do to honor Juliette Gordon Low and her remarkable legacy on Founder’s Day:
Proudly shout out what Girl Scouts has done for you! Share your story on social using #becauseofGirlScouts—and be sure to tag @girlscouts on Instagram and Twitter. You might even be included in our collection of #becauseofGirlScouts stories.
Elevate the legacy of Girl Scouts’ founder—sign our petition to support renaming the Talmadge Memorial Bridge in Savannah after Juliette Gordon Low. There are so many reasons this iconic bridge should honor our go-getting founder!
Share your #GIRLagenda by posting on the civic issues and causes you’re passionate about and taking action to impact—in the process, you’ll motivate others to act, as you honor our founder and shared mission to make the world a better place. Need a little inspiration? Tips for leading positive change through civic action? Check out our G.I.R.L. Agenda resources, which include materials for girls ages 5–17—and adults, too!
Brownie Troop 65451 wanted to do something to honor our founder and inspire the next generation of G.I.R.L.s! We put together a baby basket of items to be donated to our local hospital with instructions to give it to the first baby girl born on Juliette Low’s birthday (October 31). We included a custom made onesie with our troop motto on it, “Have courage and be kind,” and it also says “Future Girl Scout.” One of these amazing girls took it upon herself to make the baby a blanket! I just love her heart. The girls each wrote cards explaining why they think this baby girl should be a Girl Scout in five years and what’s been the most fun so far. Proud to say these city girls love camping!!
We had a great turn out at our Founder’s Day event October 15, 2016 at The Ranch in Loveland! Thank you to all the girls and families who came out to help us celebrate our Founder, Juliette Gordon Low’s birthday. Your participation is what made this event the success that it was!
This year’s “carnival” theme was so much fun and filled with many laughs. It was incredible to see everyone laughing and spending time with each other while learning about what a special woman Juliette was. It is a true testament to her greatness that after this many years we are still coming together as Girl Scouts to celebrate her.
The celebration included pumpkin bowling, donut eating on a string contest, a pin the nose on the owl game, face painting, a marshmallow catapult, and a ‘gone fishin’ for a prize game! Special thanks to Troop 70884 for hosting the duck pond booth! You girls did an absolutely astounding job!
We hope everyone enjoyed the prizes, face paints, fun games, and interactive learning. Take a look at the pictures!
Northern Colorado hosted an extremely successful Founder’s Day on October 24, 2015. It wasn’t only the beautiful weather that contributed to the overall success of the festivities, but the volunteers and staff who contributed to this Girl Scout occasion.
The Girl Scouts and Tag-A-Longs were kept busy with many activities:
• The Recruitment team created a one-of-a-kind scavenger hunt that sent them on a windy path through the nature trails.
• The s’mores station manned by volunteers and the Volunteer Support team filled hungry bellies with a toasty marshmallow, melted chocolate and crisp gram cracker snack.
• The History Committee helped the girls create their own Flat Juliette; learning more about Girl Scout’s founder Juliette Low while fashioning their crafts.
• The People Bingo created by the Northern Colorado Team was also a big hit. The ‘ask around’ questions really got the girls gathering together and sharped their investigative skills. Needless to say, with the large group that attended the event, there were many black out Bingo cards.
Girls received patches, staff made s’more swaps and prizes for completing the day’s activities! Everyone had a fantastic time at this year’s event; the bar has certainly been raised for next year. The Northern Colorado Girl Scouts Office is up to the challenge because isn’t that what Girl Scouts are all about; the knowledge and ability to succeed? Job well done team!