Happy Birthday Juliette Gordon Low!
Juliette Gordon Low, the founder of Girl Scouts of the USA, was born on this day in 1860. Low, known as "Daisy" to friends and family, grew up in Savannah, Georgia but spent much of her early adulthood traveling extensively and exploring the world. In 1911, she discovered a new passion when she met former English General Robert Baden-Powell who had recently founded the Scouting movement in the UK. Baden-Powell has also recruited his sister Agnes to organize the Girl Guides and new scout troops were springing up across England.
Inspired to bring the new movement to America, Low returned to the US in 1912 and made a historic call to her cousin, Nina Anderson Pape where she stated: "Come right over! I've got something for the girls of Savannah, and all of America, and all the world, and we're going to start it tonight!" The two women recruited girls from throughout Savannah and, on March 12, 1912, held the first meeting of the American Girl Guides. By 1913, the group was thriving with Low as president, and the organization's name was changed to "Girl Scouts."
To celebrate this great woman, Troop 70155 collected items for baby baskets. The baskets were donated to Capital Health's Hospital in Hopewell to be given to the first 2 baby girls born on Low's birthday.
Girls also wrote cards to the newborns, welcoming to the world and wishing them a Happy Birthday.