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JC Historical Society celebrates 100 years of Girl Scouts


Whether you're a boy or a girl, scouting can be an important part of growing up in America. As of today, these programs are now both 100 years old or older.

On March 12, 1912, Juliette "Daisy" Gordon Low held the first Girl Scout meeting in Savannah, Ga. Now, more than 3.2 million girls and adults are members of the organization.

In honor of the 100th anniversary of Girl Scouts, the Jasper County Historical Society is featuring a month-long display of local girl scout items including books, uniforms, badges, dolls and more.

Stop by the Historical Society Museum, located in the white building at the corner of Van Rensselaer Street and State Road 114, just east of Rick's Pizza, each Saturday in March from 10am-1pm to explore the exhibit.

Jasper County Historical Society Museum Map (Google Maps)

Read about the history of girl scouts in this interactive biography of Juliette Gordon Low, or check out this article in Forbes magazine about Essential Leadership Lessons from the Girl Scouts.

Learn more about local scouting opportunities -- Girl Scouts of Central Indiana (and for brothers: North Start District Boy Scouts home page).

The very first Girl Scout handbook in 1913, How Girls Can Help Their Country, encouraged girls to be pioneers who fearlessly pursued and championed their ideas.

“One individual often does more than a whole government or army,” wrote Low. “You know that one man invented printing; one woman started nursing the wounded as a profession….So when you get an idea that will do good, follow it up, and don’t fear that because it’s only you that it cannot succeed.”