Today is Girl Scouts Birthday! One hundred years ago, on March 12, 2012, Juliette Gordon Low organized the first troop in the United States (called Girl Guides at the time) in Savannah, Georgia, with eighteen girls. Girls Scouts, Inc., was incorporated as a national organization in 1915, then reincorporated as Girl Scouts of the USA under a congressional charter signed by President Truman on March 16, 1950. Today there are 3.2 million girl and adult members worldwide, including American girls and their classmates attending American or international schools overseas in 90 countries.
ABRAMS recently published Girl Scouts: A Celebration of 100 Trailblazing Years by Betty Christiansen. Celebrating the unique sisterhood of Girl Scouts, the book includes never-before-published photographs, illustrations, and other memorabilia from Girl Scouts of the USA’s vast archives. The ABRAMS blog previously published an interview with Girl Scouts of the USA, which you can read here – and also check out the above selection of fascinating images from the anniversary book.
Girl Scouts: A Celebration of 100 Trailblazing Years by Betty Christiansen (Stewart, Tabori & Chang) and Girl Scouts of the USA 100th Anniversary 2012 Wall Calendar are available now where books are sold!
Jennifer Levesque is Editorial Director, Adult Trade for ABRAMS