On this day in 1912, the Girl Scouts of America was founded by Juliette Gordon Low (1860-1927) in her hometown of Savannah, Georgia.
"Put forth your best. In every path of life," believed Low who was called Daisy as a child and passionately believed that every girl could compete and succeed in life.
Born to a wealthy family, Low was hearing-impaired and as a child loved the arts and the outdoors. In 1911, she met Robert and Agnes Baden-Powell, who had organized the Boy Scouts and Girl Guides in England and inspired Low to start her club for girls in America.
After selling her pearls to help fund the program, Low helped write the Girl Scout Handbook (1916) and opened the National headquarters in Washington D.C., which eventually moved to New York. By 1927, there were over 140,000 Girl Scouts, with troops in every state of the union. By the early 21st century, the organization included over 3.7 million members.
Low once explained that her goals for the girls in her organization were for them "to play fair, to play in your place, to play for your side and not for yourself. And for the score, the best thing in a game is the fun and not the results."
Before her death, she established the Juliette Low World Friendship Fund to help spread the spirit of goodwill and friendship throughout the world.
Real imagination works wonders.