On March 12, 1912, Juliet Gordon Low created the first Girl Scout Troop. She was born in 1860 in Savannah Georgia to a mother whose own family played a part in creating the city of Chicago. Being deaf in one ear from birth and deaf in the other from an accident with a grain of 'good luck' rice at her wedding, she searched for a way to make a difference in her community. In 1911, her friend Sir Robert Baden-Powell, who some of you might know as the founder of the Boy Scouts, encouraged her to take scouting from England to America. She began her first troop the next year. Today, there are 3.2 Million members of the Girl Scouts.
As adults, sometimes we look around and think 'there are so many things I'd like to do to change the way my kids are growing up... change the world in which they live' and the Girl Scouts is an easy and fun way to do that. Does your school have a troop already formed? If not, you could become the leader. Contact GSUSA (the Girls Scouts of America) and see what you can do. Create a better life for your kids and the kids around you.
In the meantime, we have a whole collection of Girl Scout and Boy Scout books in the library. Take a few out and see what the fuss is all about. The Boy Scout books just got updated, and the new Girl Scout books are just being released and will be on shelf shortly. Take a few minutes to look through them... compare them to what they looked like when you were young (they are way different than what I remember). Get involved in your community - young or old, volunteer and make a difference.