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History of the Girl Scouts

A history of the

Girl Scouts

October 31, 1860: Juliette Magill Kinzie Gordon, nicknamed “Daisy,” is born in Savannah, Georgia.

1882: Daisy goes on her first trip to Europe.

1886: Daisy marries William Mackay Low, “Billow,” in Savannah.

1887: Daisy and Billow move to England.

1905: Billow dies.

1911: Daisy meets Sir Robert Baden-Powell, founder of the Boy Scouts.

1912: Daisy gathers the first American Girl Scouts for a meeting in Savannah.

1915: Daisy is named as the first president of the Girl Scouts.

1927: On January 17, in Savannah, Daisy dies from breast cancer. She was 66.

1948: A United States postage stamp featuring Daisy’s picture is issued. (It’s shown on Page 1.)

1953: The Girl Scouts buy and restore Daisy’s childhood home.

1979: Daisy is inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame in Seneca Falls, New York.

2005: Daisy is honored with a medallion on “The Extra Mile Points of Light Volunteer Pathway” near the White House.

2012: Girl Scouts of the USA celebrates 100 years since its founding by Juliette Gordon Low.

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