Girl Scouts Timeline
Overview | 1912-1919 | 1920s | 1930s | 1940s
Left: Girl Scouts witness the Apollo 12 moon launch at Cape Kennedy, Florida. Right: Actress Debbie Reynolds heads the "Piper Project" to recruit and retain girls.
A few months after Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr.'s rousing "I Have a Dream" speech, President John F. Kennedy was assassinated. President Lyndon Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965 on behalf of the constitutional rights of African Americans, but he also was embroiled in controversy over America's growing involvement in the Vietnam War. Toward the end of the decade, Neil Armstrong became the first person to walk on the moon.
- The social unrest of the 1960s was reflected in organization actions and Girl Scout program change, including introduction in 1963 of four program age–levels for girls: Brownie, Junior, Cadette, and Senior Girl Scouts.
- The National Board went on record as strongly supporting civil rights. Senior Girl Scout Speakout conferences were held around the country and the "ACTION 70" project was launched in 1969, both as nationwide Girl Scout initiatives to overcome prejudice.
- The Piper Project, headed by actress and Girl Scout troop leader Debbie Reynolds, was launched to retain girls so they could benefit from the program for each age–level, as well as to recruit Girl Scouts in populations that were under-served.
- The Senior Girl Scout Handbook was translated into Spanish, and the Brownie Girl Scout Handbook was translated into Japanese.
- More than 100 Girl Scouts were special guests of NASA for the launch of Apollo 12 at Cape Kennedy, Florida, now known as Cape Canaveral.