Happy 100th Birthday Girl Scouts!

Here at the Raupp Museum, we have a strong affection for Girl Scouts. We love seeing the enthusiastic faces that grace our galleries, and avidly watch for that magical time of the year when Thin Mints and Samoas appear. Today is Girl Scouts’ birthday and a notable one at that, its centennial. In honor of this momentous anniversary, we are dedicating the week to Girl Scouts. Check back all this week to read about our fantastic Girl Scout programs and see some of our favorite scouting events.

Girl Scouts collecting canned goods during WWII. (Picture courtesy of Girl Scouts of Chicago and Northwest Indiana)

One-hundred years ago, Juliette Gordon Low assembled the first troop of eighteen girls in her hometown of Savannah Georgia, and established a program which encouraged scouts to develop physically, mentally, and spiritually. This was a rather remarkable goal: encouraging girls to engage outside of their home environment, and become active, resourceful, self-reliant citizens of their community. The idea caught on, and from these rather humble beginnings Girl Scouting spread to every zip code in the country. Though scouting came to Lake County by the 1940s, Buffalo Grove came late to the game. It wasn’t until the population booms of the late 1960s, that the first troops were established. These scouts, donning green uniforms and berets, participated in community events, marched in annual parades, conducted food drives, studied first aid, and went on camping trips; activities not uncommon to Girl Scouts today.

Troop 40085, the first group to complete our 100 Years of Girl Scouts program.

It seems appropriate then, that today we feature our 100 Years of Girl Scouting program. Girls have the opportunity to celebrate the centennial with exciting activities that explore what Scouts would have done in 1912. Scouts will play a game, make a snack, and create an autograph to take home. There is a $5 per scout, and a patch is included.

For more details on additional scout programs check out our Girl Scout page.

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