In recognition of Girl Scout’s Birthday, today we’re honoring our founder Juliette Gordon Low!
Girl Scout Week Activity
Girl Scouting Year-Round – Virtual Join Event
More than 100 years ago, Juliette Gordon Low registered the first 18 members of Girl Scouts and began and unstoppable movement that’s still making a difference today. In commemoration of our March 12 birthday, we take a whole week to celebrate!
Girl Scout Week runs every year and always includes March 12. It will begin on a Sunday and end with the Girl Scout Sabbath the following Saturday. This year, our week runs from March 10 to March 16.
Girl Scout Week Overview:
There are a number of ways for you to get involved this week, from showing your Girl Scout pride to winning some amazing prizes. In addition to celebrating, we’re also holding The Girl Scouting Year-Round Virtual Join Event! We’ll have trivia and recruitment incentives to give you a chance to win all week long.
Here’s a breakdown of the daily Girl Scout activities throughout the week! To download a copy or learn more, click here.
March 10 – Sunday Theme: Girl Scout Sunday
March 11 – Monday Theme: (Go-Getter) Girl Scouting Year-Round – Virtual Join Event Kick-off
A Go-Getter is bold, honest, and determined to succeed. Goal-oriented and ambitious, she’s also a life-long learner who believes no challenge is too difficult. G
March 12 – Tuesday Theme: Girl Scout Birthday and the Importance of Volunteering
March 12 is the Girl Scout Birthday! On this day in 1912, Juliette “Daisy” Gordon Low assembled a group of eighteen girls from Savannah, Georgia for the first ever Girl Scout meeting.
March 13 – Wednesday Theme: (Innovator) Cookie Power
Thinking outside the box is an Innovator’s specialty, so she’s always looking for a creative way to take action. She definitely knows how to get things done.
March 14 – Thursday Theme: (Risk-Taker) Programs – Girl Scout High Awards and Community Service
Courageous and strong, a Risk-Taker’s keen to try new things and to embrace the unfamiliar. She’s ready to step up and break the mold if that’s what it takes.
March 15 – Friday Theme: (Leader) Camp and Outdoor
A Leader is confident, responsible, and committed to changing the world for the better—and she’s happiest when others join her in taking the lead!
March 16 – Saturday Theme: G.I.R.L. Agenda and Girl Scout Sabbath
Be a catalyst for change in your community—and the world. Champion your views, influence leadership, and advance the G.I.R.L. Agenda to make the world a better place. Every girl has a voice. Every girl’s voice is important.
This morning, Troop 63113 was invited to the Rochester Museum & Science Center for first access to this weekend’s special program about one of Rochester’s greatest advocates for women. Surprisingly, we aren’t talking about Susan B. Anthony.
Martha Matilda Harper embodied what it means to be a G.I.R.L, or Go-Getter, Risk-Taker, Innovator, and Leader. Born in Canada, she was sent at age 7 to be a domestic servant for relatives. After 22 years, she moved to Rochester where she worked as a servant for a minister and a physician, with the latter forever altering the course of her life. Just three years after entering the United States, her empire began to grow.
Through working for the physician and a gift of one of his tonics, she began experimenting with new products that would benefit hair, opposed to those currently on the market she felt were damaging. To sell her own tonic, she used a picture of her floor-length hair to show the true benefit of using her product. One product grew into a salon which eventually blossomed into the first franchise. In fact, the second location she opened after Rochester was in Buffalo.
At its highest, the Harper Method had more than 500 salons and featured clientele like Woodrow Wilson, Jacqueline Kennedy, and even Susan B. Anthony.
Now she’s honored for her contributions to business today and her work as a successful businesswoman and female empowerment advocate in a time when it was most definitely a man’s world.
Locally, Jane R. Pitt has written several books about the life of Martha. On her site, she wondered if Juliette Gordon Low ever visited a Harper Method salon as well as her excitement over her fellow woman’s success. While we don’t know those answers, we can see the impact she has on the current generation.
At the RMSC, Troop 63113 was able to learn more about Martha’s legacy and even read Jane R. Pitt’s works about her. For more coverage, check out the news story here.