Girl Scout Week Celebrates Organization’s History
For the City-Times
Starting Sunday, Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) and councils throughout the country will be celebrating Girl Scouts’ humble beginnings back in 1912. Each March, Girl Scout members, alumnae, and supporters honor the week that surrounds the organization’s founding date of March 12—running from Girl Scout Sunday on the 9th to Girl Scout Sabbath on the 15th—through celebrations and community service projects.
On Girl Scout Sunday and Girl Scout Sabbath, girls often attend their places of worship and get recognized as Girl Scouts by performing services such as greeting, ushering, or doing a flag ceremony.
Ending the week of celebration, local Girl Scouts will be participating in a door-to-door cookie party from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday, March 15. Troops are encouraged to dress in uniform or creative costumes, decorate their wagons or cars, and sing traditional Girl Scout songs to show enthusiasm and pride while asking for public support to make one last purchase before Girl Scout cookie season ends. Girls will also be on the lookout for various “golden tickets,” which are hidden at mystery homes throughout the community. The lucky Girl Scouts who visit a house with a ticket will win prizes such as a free overnight stay at camp or Girl Scout merchandise.
Girl Scouts of the USA’s official birthday is March 12 and commemorates the day in 1912 when Juliette Gordon Low officially registered the organization’s first 18 girl members in Savannah, Georgia. The organization now serves 2.3 million girls nationwide. Headquartered out of Appleton, Girl Scouts of the Northwestern Great Lakes partners with 6,000 volunteers to serve over 17,000 girls across northern Wisconsin and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.
In partnership with over 6,000 adult volunteers, GSNWGL serves nearly 18,000 girls in 58 counties across northern Wisconsin and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Girl Scouts is the world’s preeminent leadership development organization for girls, building girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. To join, volunteer, reconnect, or donate to Girl Scouts, call 888.747.6945 or visit www.gsnwgl.org. GSNWGL is a proud United Way partner program.