"The work of today is the history of tomorrow, and we are its makers." —Juliette Gordon Low
Juliette Gordon Low founded Girl Scouts of the United States of America in 1912 to develop and strengthen their leadership skills; to provide support, kindness and compassion to those in need; and to prepare to serve as responsible citizens of their community and country. Her efforts have enabled millions of girls, from 5 to 17, to enjoy fun, friendship and learning opportunities in a nurturing environment.
The first National Headquarters was in Room 502 in the Munsey Building, E Street, NW, between 12th and 13th Streets. The first troops were formed in the area in 1913. The headquarters moved to New York City in April 1916, where it resides today.
There are four Girl Scout treasures in Washington D.C.:
#1: Juliette Gordon Low's Portrait in the National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution (Visit website)
London artist Edward Hughes was an exceedingly popular portrait painter in European high society. His commissions included the Prince of Wales, his brother Prince Albert, and his sister Princess Mary, among other royals and persons of wealth. William Low commissioned Hughes to paint his new bride's portrait shortly after the couple's move to England. Oil on canvas, 1887—Gift of the Girl Scouts of the United States of America.
#2: Juliette Gordon Low's Bronze Medallion on the Extra Mile — Points of Light Pathway (Visit website)
The Extra Mile comprises a series of bronze medallions forming a one-mile walking path just blocks from the White House. The Extra Mile is the only national monument that honors individuals who selflessly championed causes to help others realize a better America. The Extra Mile illustrates stories of great Americans who, through their caring and personal sacrifice, reached out to others, building their dreams into great movements that help people across America and the world and to pay tribute to the millions of individuals who volunteer their time, energy and talent to make a difference in the lives of others.
#3: Girl Scout Trefoil at the Washington National Cathedral (Visit website)
The Washington National Cathedral located in northwest Washington DC is the 6th largest cathedral in the world. It serves as a ministry for people of all faiths and perspectives, and a sacred place for our country in times of celebration, crisis, and sorrow. The Cathedral has lots of fun surprises including a gargoyle of Darth Vader, a moon rock and a Girl Scout trefoil carved into a boss stone in the west entrance.
#4: Juliette Gordon Low Wax Figure at Madame Tussauds DC (Visit website)
In honor of the 100th Anniversary of Girl Scouting, Madame Tussauds is creating a wax figure of our founder, Juliette Gordon Low. Be sure to stop by and visit with Juliette come May 2012!