History of the Girl Scouts


Edward Hughes painted this portrait of Juliette Gordon Low around 1887. You can see it at the National Portrait Gallery as part of an exhibition on the Girl Scouts. (National Portrait Gallery)
March 9, 2012

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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