It was on March 12, 1912, to be exact, when the first group of girls met as Girl Scouts. A wonderfully eccentric, middle-aged visionary named Juliette Gordon Low decided it was time that the girls of Savannah, Georgia, “and all the world” had something special and worthwhile to do. And the Girl Scouts of the USA was born.
So much has changed in the world since that first Girl Scout meeting. On a basic level, our modes of transportation, homes and schools, sources of fuel, recreational activities and even food and drink have changed tremendously in the last 90 years.
Would the very first Girl Scouts recognize today’s Girl Scouts as part of their group? Certainly not by some of the activities we do, or by the uniforms we wear. But if they were to look deeply, they’d find that the same core qualities of citizenship, kindness, and resourcefulness are still in every Girl Scout.
Today, we move forward with a renewed commitment to ensuring that every girl can benefit from the unique experiences of the Girl Scout program. Indeed, Girl Scouting is for every girl, everywhere. In fact, here in Sonoma, Mendocino and Lake Counties over 5,000 girls and 2,000 adults are sharing the Girl Scout experience.
Girl Scouting is open to all girls, ages 5 – 17, and adults, regardless of racial, ethnic, religious, socioeconomic status, or physical and mental abilities.