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History 101: October


2012
10.02

“I am thinking of you today and in spirit I am with you…”

Juliette Gordon Low, Founder, Girl Scouts, excerpt from “Juliette Gordon Low’s Birthday Message”, The American Girl, October 1924

For this month’s History 101 lesson, we will explore events that took place during the month of October and during the 2000′s.   Girl Scout History information is collected from the Girl Scout website (check it out for more history!).

GS Hats Cadette 2001-2005
Girl Scout History – October: In 1915 Girl Scout membership dues were .25 cents a year. In 1917, the first honorary President of Girl Scouts was Edith Wilson. The Mariner Program was launched in 1934. By the end of the year there were 12 registered “ships” (troops). In 1978, the new logo is introduced.

2000 – 2009: Studio 2B is introduced. New badges were introduced: Global Awareness, Stress Less, Adventure Sports, and Environmental Health.

Next month, 2010′s!

Yours in Scouting,

History 101: September


2012
09.04

“Girl Scouts have real fun.”

Juliette Gordon Low, Founder, Girl Scouts, excerpt from an undated speech.

For this month’s History 101 lesson, we will explore events that took place during the month of September and during the 1990′s.   Girl Scout History information is collected from the Girl Scout website (check it out for more history!) and  Gulf Pines Council History  website. They continue to help me with my Girl Scout History lessons!

Girl Scout History – September: In 1940, the Irving Berlin Foundation announced that the royalties of the song, “God Bless America” will go toward the Girl Scout and Boy Scout organizations.  The first Senior Girl Scout handbook is published in 1945. The first time that 4 new handbooks (for the four levels – Brownie, Junior, Cadette, Senior) were designed, written,  and edited simultaneously was in 1963. In 2001, Girl Scouts respond to the terrorists attacks by performing community services, holding remembrance ceremonies, and writing thank you letters to first responders.

GS Hats 1993-current
1990 – 1999: Pax Lodge replaced Olave House in London. The 60th Anniversary of the Cookie Sale was celebrated in 1996. The first Girl Scout internet website was introduced in 1996. The first National Sing-along at the Mall in Washington DC was held in 1997.

Next month, 2000′s!

Yours in Scouting,

History 101: August


2012
08.21

“Now I know the secret of making the best persons. It is to grow in the open air, and to eat and sleep with the earth.”

Elizabeth K. Hayner, Girl Scout Leader and active participant in the Girl Scout Movement, personal notebook, date unknown

Sorry this month’s history is late! It’s been a busy summer! For this month’s History 101 lesson, we will explore events that took place during the month of August and during the 1980′s.   Girl Scout History information from Girl Scout website (check it out for more history!) and  Gulf Pines Council History  website continues to help me with my Girl Scout History lesson!

GS Hats-Adult -1984-1990

Girl Scout History – August: The first Juliette Low Session was held in 1932 at Our Chalet. The Wing Scout program received 3 Piper Airplanes for their program from William T. Piper, president of Piper Aircraft. In 1962, Girl Scout membership reached 3.5 million members.

GS Hats - Junior 1980-1985

1980 – 1989: New badges during this period included – Computer Fun, Aerospace, and Business-Wise. A new level is added to the Girl Scout Movement – Daisies. The Daisies did not earn badges or petals, they wore the Girl Scout pin and the World Association pin on their uniform. The Edith Macy Conference Center is opened. In 1980, the Gold Award and Silver Award are the two highest awards available to Girl Scouts. The Sign of the Rainbow, Sign of the Star, Sign of the Satellite was introduced to the Junior Girl Scout program. In 1982, the first Leader Appreciation Day is held. The membership fee in 1984 was $4.00.

Next month we will look at the 1990′s!

Yours in Scouting!

 

Video: 25th Anniversary Encampment (Camporee)


2012
07.25

 

In 1937, Girl Scouts did what we love to do today – camp. They held an encampment for the 25th Anniversary of Girl Scouts in New York. There were girls from 26 countries in attendance at the encampment (today we call them camporees!). I found a video of the “Silver Jubilee Encampment”.

 

 

 

The Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia council held the Centennial Camporee in June, 2012. They expected up to 1,200 participants! I was hoping to find a video that showcased some of the things they did at the Centennial Camporee but couldn’t find it. Maybe they are still working on it!

My council is hosting a 100th Anniversary Outdoor Roundup on Grandfather Mountain in September. They are estimating up to 800 participants to attend. If your troop is in the area, check out the website for more details: GS, Carolina’s Peaks to Piedmont, 100th Anniversary Outdoor Round-Up.

Yours in Scouting,

100th Anniversary Ideas: 100 hour Campfire


2012
06.26

How do you keep a campfire burning for 100 hours? Lots of fuel & wishes! (And yes that is over 4 days of keeping a campfire going!) The Girl Scouts of Eastern Oklahoma accomplished this feat during their  100th  Birthday  Celebration. Here is the link that explains what they did and a contact for more information.

I really like the idea of the 100 hour campfire. One hour of fire for each year and representing all those that camped before us!

They also added another twist to it: troops could create “Wish” bundles. The wish bundles contained a stick for every member of the troop (girl & adult) tied with a ribbon or yarn. The troop came up with a wish and wrote it on a tag that was attached to the bundle. Below are some of the wishes from the GSEOK:

  • “I want every Girl Scout to have a sash filled with badges.”
  • “We wish to stay together through Ambassador and earn our Gold Award.”

Awesome wishes! If any service unit/neighborhood or group is looking for another idea for a 100th Anniversary event, I think this is a great one!

Here is a video from their closing ceremony of the 100 Hour Fire. It’s long (25 minutes!) but it’s a great memory for all!

 

 

Do you have any ideas how to continue celebrating 100 Years of Girl Scouting? Please share in the comments below!

Yours in Scouting,

 

Video: Rock the Mall Recap


2012
06.13

This past weekend was the “Rock the Mall” event in Washington DC. There are reports that there were over 250,000 Girl Scouts on the mall! I have found a couple of videos that recap the event. For those that attended the event, I’m sure they have some great memories. For those of us that were not able to attend, the webcast that Nation’s Capital provided was almost as good as being there!

Here’s one of the attempts to break the World Record for the largest flash mob with the song ”Ignite”!

 

 

Also on Saturday, the US Postal Service unveiled the new “Celebrate Scouting” stamp. They introduced it in a unique way – with a song! (Of course, it’s a sing-a-long!)

 

 

The Washington DC Fire Department came to the “Rock the Mall” also! They brought their trucks and sprayed the girls to cool them off! I’m sure the girls appreciated the cool down!

 

 

Here’s a great video that shows a 380 degree view of the event. You can really get an idea of the number of people who attended!

 

 

A troop from Syracuse, NY was able to place a wreath on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery. What an honor!

 

 

And finally to end my post today, a song to sing along to – “Fred the Moose”!

 

 

Yours in Scouting!

History 101: June


2012
06.05

“I took the first step and we are all marching on now to great achievements.”

Juliette Gordon Low, Founder, Girl Scouts, excerpt from an undated speech

For our History 101 lesson today, we explore events that took place during the month of June and during the 1960′s.   Girl Scout History information from Girl Scout website – check it out for more history!) I found a new website to help me with my Girl Scout History lesson! The Gulf Pines Council History was a Gold Award project.

Girl Scout History – June: In 1913, the first national headquarters is established in Washington Dc. Juliette Gordon Low is elected President at the first National Council meeting in 1915. Girl Scouts reaches 500,000 members in 1938. In 1965, The Juliette Gordon Low National Center is designated as a National Historic Landmark.

 

http://home.mchsi.com/~drue/GirlScouting/60s70s.htm

1963 Uniforms

 

1960 – 1969: During this decade, four program levels were introduced: Brownies, Juniors, Cadette, and Senior Girl Scouts. The 50th Anniversary of Girl Scouting was celebrated in 1962. A Girl Scout Rose and Girl Scout Marigold were developed to honor Girl Scouting in 1961. The National Board strongly supported civil rights with Senior Girl Scout Speakout conferences held around the country. More than 100 Girl Scouts were on hand for the launch of Apollo 12 at Cape Kennedy, Florida.

Next month we’ll dive into the 1970′s!

 

Yours in Scouting!

Video: Presidential Medal of Freedom-Juliette


2012
05.30

The Year of the Girl just keeps getting better and better! Yesterday, May 29, 2012, Juliette Gordon Low was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Her nephew was on hand to receive the award in her memory. What a great tribute to a great lady! She was a true visionary and inspiration to our girls(and leaders!).

You can hear the President talk about Juliette at the 11:23 mark. The medal presentation to her nephew is at the 26:30 mark.

 

 

Several Girl Scouts were able to attend the ceremony. Here is the link for the official Girl Scout blog post about the honor.

Yours in Scouting,

Video: Sunrise in Savannah


2012
05.23

Here’s another video from March 12, 2012. This is the sunrise flag ceremony. I love all the vintage uniforms the girls are wearing!

 

What is your troop doing during the centennial celebration? Please share in the comments below!

 

Yours in Scouting!

History 101: May


2012
05.01

“But what, you ask, can Girl Scouts do? A great deal. You may stand ready to give service when you are called upon. But most of all you may constantly show the older friends of Scouting how much it means to you to be a Girl Scout.”

Juliette Gordon Low, excerpt from “Juliette Gordon Low’s Birthday Message.” The American Girl, October 1924.

For our History 101 lesson today, we explore events that took place during the month of May and during the 1950′s.   Girl Scout History information from Girl Scout website – check it out for more history!)

Girl Scout History – May: The first local council charter issued in 1917 to Toledo, Ohio. In 1944, the Liberty Ship S.S. Juliette Low was launched in Savannah, GA.

1950 – 1959:  The decade saw 1.5 million girl and adult members of the Girl Scout movement. A March 1952 issue of Ebony magazine stated that “Girl Scouts in the South are making steady progress toward breaking down racial taboos.” The Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace in Savannah, GA is opened in 1956 as a museum and national program center for girls.

Next month we’ll find out what how the 1960′s influenced Girl Scouts.

 

Yours in Scouting!

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