From the very beginning, Girl Scout founder Juliette Gordon Low saw Girl Scouting as a movement that would inspire girls to make a difference in their world. Call it advocacy. Call it being a good citizen. Call it patriotism. Girl Scouts leave things better than they found them and work to make our communities shine.
We’ve made great strides since the first Girl Scout troop formed in 1912, and we’ve learned a lot along the way, including about the work that’s still ahead of us to make the world a better place for all. We know that work is never finished, and we’re committed for the long haul to improving and expanding our commitment to civic action—for every girl.
We call it being a Girl Scout.
Fittingly, the very first Girl Scout Handbook was titled How Girls Can Help Their Country. Published in 1913, it was full of forward-thinking concepts; it even encouraged girls to learn a trade or two, so that they could be independent and prepared to serve their country. As early as 1918, Girl Scout activities encouraged exploration of civics and citizenship, an emphasis that has continued ever since.
As the Girl Scout organization grew through the years, so did opportunities to make a nationwide impact. The Girl Scout commitment to service and duty to country was visible in many ways during World War I, as girls across the country embraced the war effort—planting “war gardens” and selling war bonds.