Fascinating Facts in Girl Scouts History

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Since 1912, more than 50 million girls have been Girl Scouts. In the past 100 years, Girl
Scouts have blazed trails in countless ways—from doing charity work during wartime to
spearheading earth-friendly initiatives to creating the largest girl-led business in the
world. Following are some highlights from our first 100 years of Girl Scouting.

Girl Scouts picked 7,930 pounds of milkweed pods during World War II, the fiber from which was used to fill life
jackets and aviator suits.

In 1917, Juliette Low asked First Lady Edith B. Wilson to become Honorary National President of Girl Scouts. Since
that date, every First Lady has kept the tradition, including Michelle Obama. Pat Nixon is shown here in 1971.
                                Fascinating Facts in Girl Scouts History

          In 1956, Martin Luther King Jr. called Girl Scouts a “force for desegregation.”

          The Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace was designated a National Historic Landmark
          in 1965. It was the first building in Savannah to receive landmark status.

          Girl Scouts established troops among girls in Japanese relocation centers during
          World War II.

          In the first Girl Scout handbook, How Girls Can Help Their Country (1913), girls
          learned how to start fires, rescue someone from drowning, communicate with
          Morse code, fire a gun, and tie up a burglar with eight inches of cord.

          Girl Scouts Beyond Bars, a collaboration with the National Institute of Justice,
          began in 1992. The program extends a hand to girls whose mothers are
          incarcerated and facilitates mother-daughter prison visits. More than 500 girls are
          involved in the program in 2011.

          The earliest known sale of commercially baked Girl Scout cookies took place in
          Paris, Texas, in 1928.

          Braille and large-type editions of the Girl Scout handbook were produced in
          1935, in cooperation with the American Red Cross and the National Society for
          the Prevention of Blindness.

          The very first badges were hand-embroidered by Girl Scouts and adult

Find more photos from Girl Scout history at the Programs Portal.

Learn about celebrating Girl Scout history in honor of the 100th here.

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