May 5, 2016
On April 14, 1910, President Taft threw out the ceremonial First Pitch to start the Washington Senator’s baseball season, which started a baseball tradition still seen today. Nearly a month later, in May of 1910, former US President Theodore Roosevelt visited Denmark and Norway. The following year the Mona Lisa was stolen from the Louvre and took two years to find. Meanwhile, the Tango and Oreo cookie were invented. All of these historical events took place around that same time that a woman named Juliette Gordon Low was establishing one of the most influential and widely known youth organizations for girls.
Born in Savannah, Georgia and descending from a long line of strong and independent women, Gordon Low is described as a, “sensitive, curious, and adventurous girl known for her sense of humor, compassion, and concern for others.” Passionate about providing an opportunity where all girls could grow and develop their leadership skills, she new this objective was attainable after a momentous and inspiring meeting with Boy Scout founder Sir Robert Baden-Powell in 1912. (The Boy Scouts were founded in London in 1907)
Today, over 100 years later, 1.9 million girls and 800,000 adults continue Juliette Gordon Low’s mission of building girls of courage, confidence, and character. Impressively, the Girl Scouts website indicates that 64% of today’s women leaders in the US were once Girl Scouts! The list of famous Girl Scouts is vast and impressive, many with job titles such as Secretary of State, Associate Justice of The Supreme Court, NASA Scientist, and First Lady. Many more have medaled in the Olympics, play professional sports, sing, act, write and make us laugh. However, the public does not necessarily know most Girl Scouts. Yet, they continue living the Girl Scout promise of working to make the world a better place.
For decades, members of the Danish Royal Family have committed themselves to the Girl Guides and Girl Scout movement nationally as well as internationally. The World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) ‘supports girls and young women to develop their full potential as leaders and active citizens of the world’.
Guiding in Denmark began in 1910 when a group of girls joined a Boy Scout group. Inspired by the Girls Scouts of America, Det Danske Pigespejderkorps (The Danish Guide Association) was organized within a few years, and in 1919, the KFUK-Spejderne i Danmark (The YWCA Girl Guides) was formed. As of 2012, WAGGGS reported that there were over 17,000 Girl Guides/Girl Scouts.
As a visitor to The Danish Home, I am a witness to the commitment and dedication that the Girl Scouts advocate. Two lovely Girl Scouts are currently working towards their Silver Award (second highest award given) and have been dedicating 40 hours to sprucing up the Danish Home by painting the fence, building bird houses and helping with administrative work. Not to mention, seeing the enthusiasm of these young women puts a smile on the residents’ faces! They are truly living up to the Girl Scout honor.
Were you a Girl Scout? Leave a comment and tell us about your favorite part!
We’re wishing all the mothers a Glædelig Mors Dag!
Don’t forget to enter this month’s giveaway! You could buy Mom a great present with the $100 cash prize!
Coasters For A Cause at Six Flags Great America — May 14 or 15 – Special discounted rate tickets of $32 are available and a portion of the sales will go to The Danish Home. To order tickets, visit www.sixflags.com/greatamerica and enter the promo code DANISHHOME into the upper right hand corner. Follow this link to find out more: http://danishhomeofchicago.org/upcoming-events/
Saturday, May 30, 2015: Women’s Auxiliary Smørrebrød Benefit Luncheon at The Danish Home