IT BEGAN WITH DAISY’S DREAM On March 12, 1912, a 52-year-old woman named Juliette “Daisy” Gordon Low organized the first Girl Scout meeting. The Girl Scout website explains that Daisy “believed that all girls should be given the opportunity to develop physically, mentally, and spiritually.” Daisy’s prescient goal—which remains just as valid over a hundred years later—was to bring “girls out of isolated home environments and into community service and the open air.” In addition, Daisy’s vision of the Girl Scouts was one of inclusion and diversity, welcoming girls of varied ethnicities and those with disabilities, too.CHANGING WITH THE TIMES Just as Daisy’s thinking was revolutionary for her time, the Girl Scouts have continued to embrace change and evolve with the times. Some of the new badges—like Global Awareness, Adventure Sports, Stress Less, and Environmental Health—reflect the evolution of the Girl Scouts. In fact, the Girl Scout Research Institute was founded in 2000 to keep up with the changing times and better understand the issues facing young women.
You know that Girl Scout Cookies are tasty, but did you know that they’re the bedrock of the largest girl-led business in the world? That’s right: a hundred and one years after its first meeting, the Girl Scouts are—and always have been—all about girl power. Here are six things you didn’t know about the Girl Scouts.