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Brighton Girl Scouts celebrate Juliette Gordon Low’s Birthday

Submitted by GSCO Volunteer Support Specialist Rebecca Lipman

Metro Denver

Brighton

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:

Cake mix
Icing
Candles
Disposable pan
Single serving applesauce
A gift bag it will all fit into

Happy Birthday Juliette Low!

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Three ways to honor Juliette Gordon Low on Girl Scout Founder’s Day

From Girl Scouts of the USA

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:

  1.  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.
  2.  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!
  3. 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!

G.I.R.L. Stories: Inspiring the next generation by honoring the woman who started it all

Submitted by Heather Quinn

Metro Denver

Edgewater

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!!

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Fantastic Founder’s Day event

Submitted by Laura Lyznicki

Northern & Northeastern CO

Loveland

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!

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A birthday present from Daisy

Submitted by Dena Daring-McBean

Avondale

Pueblo and Southeastern Colorado

Being a long time Girl Scout, when I can mix my love of Girl Scouts with my love of Goats I do.  I have a herd of 14 goats now and last year I had a little girl who didn’t have a name when I purchased her and my better half said “What are you going to name this one?”

Daisy became her name after the Girl Scout founder of course.  This year on the Girl Scouts 104th birthday she became a mom, and keeping with the tradition of naming the children something related to the mom’s name, if it had been a girl  it would have been Juliette. However, it was a little boy and Lord B. P. is his name.  We couldn’t have had a better birthday present here.  

The 1st photo is Miss Daisy and Lord B.P. and the second is Lord B. P.

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2015 Founder’s Day Celebration in Northern CO

Submitted by Gayle Worm

Loveland

Northern and Northeastern Colorado

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!

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Yes! I’m a Girl Scout and so was my Grandma!

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People generally love to know about their past. Even if it’s disreputable. (My friend Lexxa tells a casual story about going to Scotland to look at the document that mentioned thievery and exiled her entire clan.) Even if it’s far away and only means wearing a ‘Kiss Me, I’m Irish’ button once a year. We like to know where we came from. We like to point at that place on the globe, we like to bring out the family bible or those faded letters and photos, we like to share our ancestors’ stories of adversity and triumph. We don’t want to be entirely melted down in the melting pot. We like that touch of difference almost as much as we like knowing from where we came.

As Girl Scouts, we have a double history.   We share an incredible Girl Scout heritage that began in 1912 when Juliette Gordon Low, a fifty-one year old woman who was born in the same year as Abraham Lincoln, started an organization that changed the entire world. Yes, the entire world.

Have you ever asked yourself how the world would be different without Girl Scouting? I know how my world would have been different. I wouldn’t know how to lay a fire. I wouldn’t have looked out at Colorado from the summit of Mount Yale.  I wouldn’t know how to react in a crisis situation involving twenty girls, a night of rain and a torn tarp, skills that have served me well in every crisis I’ve ever weathered since that night. Most importantly, I wouldn’t have met the woman who is my best friend to this very day.  Girl Scouting was my solace in a world that was unkind to girls who were different. Girl Scouting was the one place in my life where wanting to be assertive and creative and in charge was nurtured rather than crushed. Without Girl Scouting I might have been a girl who did things she later regretted in order to fit in and be liked.

 But although I know how firmly my personal Girl Scouting experience figured into the formation of the woman I am today, I didn’t really start thinking about the importance of teaching today’s girls about their Girl Scout History until I went to the Girl Scouts of Colorado History Center.  My Girl Scouting experience was never connected to my Girl Scouting heritage.  I had no idea Girl Guides had been a part of the French Resistance, that Girl Scouts trained as plane spotters during WWII, that their uniforms were unique for being part of the women’s clothing reform movement, that they were there at the polls when American woman cast their first ballots.  

 Are you excited now? Do you want to call the library and check out The First Girl Scout? (You totally should. It is well worth it if for no other reason than the heart wrenching photograph of the 200 uniformed Girl Scouts who formed the color guard at Juliette Low’s funeral.) Do you wish there was an easy way to start introducing your troop to their Girl Scout heritage? There is! Are you going to a “Palooza” training this fall? Swing by the table run by the History Center and pick up an historical hand book pack.

Fifty years of scouting in handbooks. A window to changing uniforms, badges, projects and promises. Each page contains ten or more hand and guide books, divided into program levels and a list of questions to provoke research and discussion.

 As a nation, we have traditionally tended to write our history books from the view point of the white male. Although this is changing, Girl Scouts are still not mentioned in our classrooms and history books.  That’s going to be up to us. The Historical Book Bag (which you get to keep and share with others in your area) is a wonderful tool not only for teaching researching skills, but also for displays, reports, power points and exhibits.

Located in Loveland, Colorado, the project is housed in an office suite overflowing with Girl Scout artifacts and is run entirely by volunteers. Please come and visit, or contact us at gscohistory@gmail.com.

Jane Severance is the author of Ghost Pains and Lots of Mommies. Please contact her at janieappleseed@hotmail.com . I would love to hear your areas about sparking interest in Girl Scout Heritage.