For Girl Scouts, celebrating the program’s traditions are the cornerstone of this leadership development experience. By honoring our history, girls, adult volunteers and millions of alums are reminded they belong to a big, powerful and inclusive sisterhood dedicated to lifting one another up. On Thursday, March 12, we are celebrating National Girl Scout Day which is dedicated to commemorating the anniversary of the first Girl Scout troop meeting. This was the day, back in 1912, Juliette Gordon Low registered the organization’s first 18 girl members in Savannah, Georgia. It was creating this first Girl Scout troop Juliette shattered the conventions of the time ensuring all girls, everywhere have the opportunity to become the leader they want to be—and the ones the world needs them to be.

Recognizing March 12 doesn’t have to take too much time, after all, we know you are a busy bunch! If you’re looking for some easy ways to commemorate this day, we’ve got you covered.

THROW A BIRTHDAY PARTY-THEMED TROOP MEETING

Everyone loves a great birthday party, right?! Ask your fellow adult volunteers to pitch in and divvy up the tasks including purchasing green paper goods like plates, napkins, forks and spoons. A good party needs some sort of treat, see if there’s anyone in your troop who enjoys baking. You might have a budding baker in your midst eager to create some cupcakes or a cake for the event. Don’t forget the balloons! Any of the area Dollar Trees or Dollar Generals can provide green balloons usually on the spot. As for the activity, think about providing materials to create thank you cards. Since giving back is an integral part of Girl Scouting, ask your Girl Scouts to write or draw notes to our local first responders. You can deliver these as a troop to a nearby firehouse or police station at a later date.

DO SOMETHING GOOD FOR OTHERS

This is a less involved option than throwing a birthday party-themed troop meeting but ask your Girl Scouts to use this day to celebrate the power of giving back. Challenge them to perform an act of kindness to a stranger. For our adult volunteers, this might look like paying for a person’s cup of coffee or bringing flowers to an elderly next-door neighbor. For our Girl Scouts, this might be leaving money in the vending machine for another peer to find, letting someone go in front of you in the lunch line or donating clothes to your local Salvation Army or Goodwill. Troop leaders, you can use this day to also talk about earning one of Girl Scouts highest community service awards, the Girl Scout Bronze, Silver or Gold Award. When a Girl Scout decides to pursue one of these awards, she’s taking matters into her hands and creating a permanent and positive impact on her community and beyond.

WEAR GIRL SCOUT SWAG

March 12 is not just any day, it’s a day to show the world she is an entrepreneur, a change-maker, a person who knows how to get things done. After all, she’s a Girl Scout! Stop by our Girl Scout Shop either online or in person and pick up the latest Girl Scout branded swag to wear on Thursday. Call the Shop (314.592.2378) to see if her favorite item is in stock but check out this v-neck top that’s in high demand. Or this slate gray packable down coat. Now, since we’ve been enjoying warmer temps, this tie-dye sweatshirt might be more her scene. However she decides to show the world she’s a Girl Scout, don’t forget to share with us! Tag us via Instagram @girlscoutsem or @GirlScoutsEasternMO on Facebook.

LAST BUT NOT LEAST

For those looking for something a little more hands-on, why not do an interactive reading of Juliette Gordon Low’s life to celebrate National Girl Scout Day? You can use her bio here or a borrow a book from your library then give each girl one item that represents a part of Juliette’s story. Don’t forget to ask one of your Girl Scouts to volunteer as a narrator! The narrator will be responsible for pausing at the point where each item is represented and asking the girl who is holding the item to show it to the group.

Items needed for this activity:

  • A map (Juliette was from Savannah, Georgia)
  • Paintbrush (Juliette was passionate about the arts)
  • Pieces of taffy (She famously got taffy stuck in her hair!)
  • A girl who is the second oldest child in her family (like Juliette)
  • A plastic bag filled with rice (there was a rice-related accident that caused Juliette’s deafness)
  • First aid kit (one of the first activities she shared with her girl members)
  • A basketball (her Girl Scouts also played basketball)
  • A book and pencil (to show that she wrote the Girl Scout handbook)
  • Any other items that might represent the Girl Scouts in your troop!

National Girl Scout Day is just one of the many traditions we get to recognize throughout the year—the next one being Girl Scout Leader’s Day on Wednesday, April 22. On this occasion, we’ll spend the time finding ways to thank the wonderful, powerful and bold adult volunteers who are ultimately responsible for shaping the next generation of leaders: today’s Girl Scouts.