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Juliette Gordon Low

Meet the founder of the Girl Scouts, Juliette Gordon Low!

Juliette Gordon Low founded the Girl Scout movement in the United States. Born into a privileged family on October 31, 1860, Low enjoyed a fortunate life. She was educated at schools in Georgia, followed by schools in Virginia and New Jersey, as well as a French finishing school.

Searching for something valuable to do with her life, she met and befriended Lord Baden Powell in 1911. Lord Powell had founded the Boy Scouts and Girl Guides in the United Kingdom. Low had a profound interest in this youth movement and started Girl Guide companies in Scotland and London before bringing the movement back to the United States in 1912.

On March 12, 1912 Low registered the first 18 Girl Guides that she and her cousin, Nina Anderson Pape, recruited from churches, orphanages, and influential families in Savannah. Low made it her mission to have girls from different backgrounds and practice inclusion from the start.

Since her death in 1927, the Girl Scout movement has blossomed. Starting with just 18 girls in 1912, today there are over 3.7 million members. She is remembered for her sense of humor, passion, and playful spirit.

In 2005 she was recognized in Washington D.C. with a medallion on the Extra Mile Points of Light Volunteer Pathway in honor of her dream that encouraged a change in America. To learn more about the famed life of the Girl Scouts founder, visit the Juliette Gordon Low birthplace.

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  • October 31, 1860: Juliette Gordon Low is born
  • 1911: Juliette met the founder of the scouting movement, Lord Baden Powell, and organized troops in Scotland and London before bringing the Girl Guides movement stateside
  • March 12, 1912: Registered the first 18 Girl Guides in Savannah, Georgia
  • 1913: The name of the organization is officially changed to "Girl Scouts"
  • 1915: Juliette is named President of the Girl Scouts

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