As children visit their neighbors in search of a sweet treat this Thursday, Girl Scouts around the country will be celebrating the 153rd birthday of their founder, Juliette Gordon Low.
Low's simple phone call inviting girls for a visit began the iconic leadership development organization for girls that now serves millions, and has become known for one of the most delectable treats of all, the Girl Scout Cookie.
"Come right over," said Juliette Gordon Low to her friend over the telephone on the evening of March 12, 1912 in Savannah, Georgia. "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!"
With that, Low founded the Girl Scout movement in the United States, an organization that would touch the lives of generations of girls and women.
Born on October 31, 1860, Low had a deep desire to inspire girls to become strong and courageous and to serve their communities. From the original 18 girls who responded to her initial invitation, Girl Scouting has grown to 3.2 million members.
Girl Scouts is the largest leadership development organization for girls in the world and has influenced the lives of more than 50 million women.
Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia continues the vision
Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia serves more than 15,000 members in 122 counties in Georgia, two in South Carolina and one in Alabama.
Today's Girl Scout Leadership Experience focuses girls on three keys of leadership, teaching them to discover their values and abilities, connect with others in positive relationships, and take action about issues that are important to them.
Through Girl Scouting, today's girls explore many interests, to include science, technology, engineering and math, entrepreneurism, outdoor skills and career exploration.
Girl Scouts builds girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place.
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