Girl Scouts Celebrates 100 Years with the World’s Largest Sing-Along
On March 12, 1912, Juliette “Daisy” Low gathered a group of eighteen young girls for the first Girl Scout meeting in history. Low’s goal was to remove girls from the isolation of the household and to broaden their experiences and possibilities as human beings.
One hundred years later, we can truly say that Low reached her goal. Today, there are 3.2 million Girl Scouts the world over—this includes first-year Daisy Scouts all the way up to adult volunteers. Girl Scouts has succeeded in teaching girls everything from crocheting to fire-building.
Though there seems to be a stigma that Girl Scouts are not taken as seriously as Boy Scouts, a quick look around www.girlscouts.org will convince you otherwise. These girls are not just learning how to sew and bake. Even at its humble beginnings, Low encouraged girls to be well-rounded as she opened their minds to possible careers rather than focusing solely on homemaking skills. The Girl Scout Gold Award is the equivalent to the achievements of an Eagle Scout. A Girl Scout who has earned this highest honor automatically ascends one rank when entering the U.S. military.
Many successful women have attributed their success and self-esteem ultimately to Girl Scouts. Successful former Girl Scouts include Sandra Day O’Connor, Barbara Walters, Lucille Ball, Venus Williams, and Queen Elizabeth II.
The upcoming anniversary has, of course, sparked plans for celebration. To honor the centennial, President Barack Obama authorized the minting of 350,000 commemorative Girl Scout silver dollars. The state of Colorado is campaigning for the creation of a special Girl Scout license plate.
But perhaps the most exciting celebration is the record-breaking sing-along that is in the works. To celebrate the 100 years in which Girl Scouts has built the confidence and life-skills of girls around the world, Girl Scouts of all ages and from across America will gather at the Washington Monument in Washington D.C. on June 9 in the world’s biggest sing-along. What better way to celebrate such a big anniversary? Girl Scouts have used song to teach, play, and pledge their loyalty since 1912.
Look for ETA’s “Girl Scouts Rock the Mall” packages under our Washington D.C. tours. Participants will join the sing along and visit some of the most important sites in the area, including the Lincoln Memorial, the Vietnam Memorial, and the WWII Memorial. The trip also includes a visit to the Juliette Gordon Low Commemorative Medallion.