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 is celebrated on the date that Low organized the first Girl Scout meeting, on March 12th.
How to celebrate Girl Scout Day
Girl Scout Day is the perfect day to pay homage to all that Juliette Gordon Low did for millions of girls the world over. Seeing as how Low’s goal was to help girls become more independent, this is the perfect day to take the opportunity to teach an important little girl you know something important and useful, something that will help her become less reliant on others and have more confidence in herself, her skills and abilities.
Girl Scouts are modern-day heroines that encourage girls to develop their everyday skills and grow their self-confidence. When you join the Girl Scouts, you learn a variety of skills that can only be experienced by doing. It’s an active teaching and training method that helps millions of girls and women to develop their true selves and become more independent. For every little girl, the challenge of earning badges is, of course, part of the excitement. But, with each new badge she receives, the little girl acquires new knowledge and builds herself into an inspiring member of society.
Since it first came into existence, the Girl Scout Day has encompassed courage, confidence, leadership, entrepreneurship and active citizenship through practical skills, activities, and community services for girls. Supporting their initiative by celebrating Girl Scout Day is the best thing every parent and woman can do to help the next generation.
Organizing a Fundraising Campaign on Girl Scout Day
You don’t need to belong to a Girl Scout community to launch a fundraising campaign that will help the girls. You are familiar with girl scouts’ cookies. But what you may not know is that the delicious cookies serve a crucial function on Girl Scout Day. They help the Girl Scouts community to support girl-led education programs, community-projects, and experience for their members. But you can plan your own fundraising activities and give the profits to the girls.
Something as simple as placing a donation box in your local shop with a label that explains you are fundraising for Girl Scout Day can encourage local residents to give you a helping hand! You don’t need to be a business owner, though. You can run a decluttering charity sale at home and let buyers know what you want to do with the money. You’d be surprised to know that some people are happy to pay a little more if it helps the girls!
Throwing a Town Event for Girl Scout Day
Sports events are popular, and they are surprisingly easy to organize. You can reach out to your community event planning to find out more about the next town runs and marathons. You can set up a donation page as a participant. It’s best to get in touch with your local Girl Scouts community to get the right sponsoring and contact details for your donation page. You can encourage people to donate when you promote your participation in the run. Running for Girl Scout Day, for instance, is a fantastic way of raising awareness about what the scout community can do for girls.
Share Your Knowledge on Girl Scout Day
Money is only one of the ways you can support girls on Girl Scout Day. You can also consider how your own knowledge and expertise can help to prepare them. Girl scouts have a broad experience in camping, first aid, community services, and outdoor activities. Whether you’re a foraging expert, a trained nurse, or a backpacker with a passion for camping, you could volunteer at your local Girl Scouts community to share your wisdom and tips.
If you live near a forest, it could be a good idea to teach her something about how to survive in the forest should she ever get lost. How to build a basic bonfire, or instance, or some basic form of shelter, to prevent her from getting too cold. You could also teach her about which berries and mushrooms are edible, and which should not even be touched, let alone eaten. If you don’t have any such place nearby, but live instead in a city, this could be a good time to teach her the basics of first aid, f she doesn’t already know them—how to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation, how to bandage cuts, what to do if a person is unconscious, etc. Even a short lesson in first aid could allow this little girl to one day save someone’s life.
And, if that is not an option either, how about doing both yourself and the Girl Scouts a favor and buying some of their cookies? You’ll have something tasty to nibble on with your morning coffee, and they’ll have more funds to keep on educating and empowering little girls and young women. A win-win situation, if there ever was one.