When most people think of October 31st images of witches, ghosts, and goblins come to mind, but here at Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland we celebrate the Girl Scouts founder, Juliette Gordon Low, and her birthday.
A little history:
Juliette Gordon Low was born on October 31, 1860 in Savannah, Georgia. Low, nicknamed “Daisy” as a child, was always very passionate. This desire led her to found Girl Scouts in 1912 (an entire century ago, wow). She believed that service to one’s community and self-reliance for girls was very imperative, while always leaving some room for a little fun. Low’s belief that girls could have a meaningful role beyond the home and be an active participant of society while gaining knowledge and strengthening friendships and confidence steered Girl Scouts into what it is today.
And Low sure did have spunk! She was known to stand on her head every year on her birthday to prove she could still do it. She even stood on her head in the board room at Girl Scout National Headquarters to show off the new Girl Scout shoes!
Ways to celebrate:
Play just like Juliette used to play in her youth. Some popular and fun games include:
- A relay race
- Hula Hoop roll
- Scavenger hunt
These games, popular in the 1900s, are still fun today.
Since October is breast cancer awareness month and Low passed away from breast cancer in 1927, this would be a perfect opportunity to contribute to those with breast cancer. Girls could bring small presents for those undergoing chemotherapy. For example:
- Small blankets
- Calming music
- Even handwritten notes of encouragement
Another service idea is to host a birthday party for Juliette! You can take part in the council-wide service project-Birthday in a Bag.
- Collect dry, non-perishable items for a cake
- Collect party favors
- Get party necessities like tablecloths, candles, plates & cups
- Donate to a local food bank, children’s home or mission
Thanks to Low, there are more than 3.2 million Girl Scouts and girls are able to discover the fun, friendship, and power of girls together. This truly is the Year of the Girl.