The Girl Scouts of the USA: Background information when reading Girlchild

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by Tupelo Hassman

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The Girl Scouts of the USA

Although many elements - from her grandma's letters, to her mother's hopes, to her friends' expectations - help shape Rory's understanding of what it means to be a girl in her small community, one institution does more than any other to shape Rory's perception of American girlhood: the Girl Scouts of the USA.

Juliette Gordon Low The Girl Scouts of the USA were founded by Juliette "Daisy" Gordon Low (pictured, middle) in Savannah, Georgia, in 1912. Part of a worldwide Scouting movement founded by Robert Baden-Powell in 1909, the Girl Scouts (known as Girl Guides in the UK and Canada) believed that girls should be given opportunities to develop physically, mentally, and spiritually. A combination of domestic preparedness, civic engagement, and outdoor aptitude has been stressed since the early years of the program. In the United States today, approximately 3.2 million girls and adults are actively involved in Girl Scouts, and there are more than 50 million alumnae.

Originally, Girl Scouts ...

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