Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Four Ways to Celebrate Girl Scouts' Birthday

Girl Scouts is 99 and looking great! The Girl Scout Birthday, March 12, commemorates the day in 1912 when Juliette Gordon Low officially registered the organization's first 18 girl members in Savannah, Georgia.

Here are some fun ideas to get the celebration going:
  1. Throw a Girl Scout Bash - Ask the girls how they want to celebrate the Girl Scout birthday as a group. You may suggest cooking foods from Savannah, trying Girl Scout cookie recipes, or decorating cupcakes with green frosting.
  2. Visit with Juliette Low - Let the girls design an event around Girl Scouting's early years. Activities can include music, art, and the culture of Savannah or their own hometown.
  3. Create a Scrapbook - Suggest the idea to the girls - they can bring in photos, drawings, and poems of what Girl Scouting has meant for them. The girls can decorate the pages and the cover together.
  4. Focus on Environment - Explain how Girl Scouts prides itself on making a positive impact in communities and the natural environment. Talk with the girls about leaving the world a better place than they found it. Ask them how they might make a difference in their neighborhoods. The ideas can be placed in a hat and one can be selected for the girls to do as a group. If the girls are stuck for ideas, suggest planting a tree in a local park or a recycling activity.

Whether the girls decide to have a birthday party or plant a tree, the important thing is to provide an opportunity for the girls to celebrate together. Happy Birthday Girl Scouts!

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