“Be prepared” Girl Scout Day is on their way.”
If you’re a Girl Scout cookie fanatic, its time to celebrate.
In tribute of Girl Scout Week, National Girl Scout Day is celebrated on March 12th every year. All Girl Scouts celebrated this day across the world by reuniting the Girl Scout Promise and Law to help girls build character, courage, and confidence, to make the world a better place.
NATIONAL GIRL SCOUTS DAY HISTORY:
Influenced by the creation of Lord Robert Baden Powell, founding father of Boy Scout, Juliette Gordon Low organize a group of girls in 1911 and joined the Girls Guide movement in Great Britain and England. This was also the time when women are not treated equally and discriminated by society, including not being able to vote.
On this day of 1912, National Girl Scout Day began when Juliette “Daisy” Gordon Low (founder of the Girl Scout in America) when she convened a group of girls from Savannah, Georgia. She returns to the United States and created the first Girl Guide Troop in the same year. The United States Girl Guide troops in 1915, changed their name into “Girl Scouts”. Juliette Gordon Low also the first President of Girl Scouts and remain active until the time of his death in 1927.
Juliette Gordon Low truly believe that all girls should have the chance to develop mentally, spiritually, and physically. To get girls out of the house and into the community, she assembled enrichment programs, projects, and outdoor adventures.
Every year of October 31, Juliette Gordon Low’s birthday is celebrated as “Founder’s Day” by the Girl Scouts movement while every 22nd of February was for the Boy Scout founder birthday, Lord Robert Baden Powell.
GIRL SCOUT TRADITIONS
The heritage of the Girl Scouts is a forceful power of sisterhood. It was built by millions of women across the globe. Here are some of few ways and traditions of the Girl Scout activities to connect the girls for long and fun sisterhood.
- The girl scout sign or as they called it “Girl Scout Day Promise” have been the universal welcoming meeting for generations. The three fingers symbolize the three part of the promise – “On my honor, I will try to serve God and my country, to help people at all times, and to live by the Girl Scout Law.”
- A classic friendship circle when everyone stands in the form of a circle crosses the right arm on the top of the left arm, and grip hand with their friends in both sides. The circle represents for unbroken and continues friendship chain with the Girl Scouts and Guides.
- Another traditional event is a “Flag Ceremony” in which the flag of the country represented by the Girl Scouts was carried by a colorful guard and honored as an important symbol for the country.
- The Girl Scout motto is “Be prepared.” was established in 1947 Handbook, that explained: “A Girl Scout is ready to help out wherever she is needed. Willingness to serve is not enough; you must know how to do the job well, even in an emergency.” This motto means that the readiness of both body and mind to do your responsibilities as a Girl Scout.
- Girl Scouts have seven badges that symbolize its achievements and level have been around over the century.
- In every 22nd of April, the Girls Scout Day Leader’s day was celebrated by swapping small token of friendship and gifts (or they called it SWAPS that stands for which stands for “Special Whatchamacallits Affectionately Pinned Somewhere”) with other girls scouts who they meet in their activities.
- Lastly, the Girl Scouts’ secret handshake was used to symbolizes unity, dedication, and friendship.
IMPORTANCE OF GIRL SCOUT
Welcoming new members of the Girl Scout benefits both the girls and their parents. It contains learning information and absorbs from different traditions. Here are some of the important lesson of becoming Girl Scouts members:
- Making and meeting new friends – the girls need to get along and know their fellow Girl Scouts. Everyone has a chance to know one another deeper and better by starting their first meeting with an icebreaker to relax the atmosphere.
- Courage – some Girl Scouts activities involved outdoor like camping, rock climbing, and some sports activities. Courage also developed as they earned skill badges in a safe place to explore. Encouragement also practices and received by the members in trying new things and have the courage to walk into the different path of life.
- Confidence – Girls Scouts gained their confidence to believe in themselves as they tried different activities and experiences. The leaders recognized each girl according to the level of strength they have. They grow in areas that they are naturally talented but also to urge them to try more challenging pursuit.
- Cookies baking and selling – this hold a special meeting where they play a role of indoor and outdoor sales. When the girls also have their creative ideas that come up with how to make fun and contribute to a different structure for responsibilities. However, this will help The Girl Scouts gain leadership, friendship, money, decision making, and business ethics skills.
- Girl Scouts Songs – One of the Girl Scouts important parts of the meeting. The girl members sing the song repetitively until they memorize it by heart. Some lyrics compose on the Girl Scout value of friendship and to feel comfortable with every routine.
- Kapers – Girl scouts will learn to organize and responsible by the Kapers. It will help to run a meeting and stay on the task. The leader will give them a specific task to perform and make sure everyone gets a chance to play their roles.
As you munch into tasty cookies and brownies, be positive to not only treasure every saccharine and sweet value that you will thankful of. It also recognizes the real message behind these girls have obtained to show through their benevolent and public-spirited act through all these years.
Ultimately, they don’t JUST sell the cookies.