Juliette Low, the founder of Girl Scouts in the United States, was born on October 31, 1860. Her birthday is celebrated by Girl Scouts throughout the country. Consider celebrating with a troop birthday party on or near Juliette Low’s birthday. Some party suggestions include:
The party can be held during your regular troop meeting. Consider making a special party invitation for girls to take home from a previous meeting.
On the invitation, ask girls to bring a wrapped gift for the troop to build up the troop’s art supplies, first aid kit, or any other common resource.
Each girl could unwrap her own copy of her Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting (or a different Girl Scout gift!), paid for from troop funds. They could then take time to explore their new books!
Activities for the Party
- Girls could do activities from a badge. For example, based on the Artist badges, Daisies could make origami butterflies, Brownies could paint their favorite water activity and Juniors could draw animals in their natural settings.
- Do activities from the Girl Scout Way badges, such as a sing-along.
- Pick one of the historical activities that are highlighted throughout the Girl’s Guides.
- Juliette Low loved sculpting. Try a clay modeling project or another kind of sculpture.
- Help the girls hold a mock interview with Juliette Low. To get the process started, ask the girls: How would Juliette Low react to today's girls? What did she do for fun at the ages of 5, 10, and 15? What kinds of jobs were available to women in 1912? Each girl can have a turn at portraying Juliette.
- Create a scrapbook. Suggest that girls bring in photos, drawings, and poems of what Girl Scouting has meant for them. The girls can decorate the pages and the cover together.
- In honor of Juliette Low, play a game that was popular for girls in her day- Kim's Game.
Sing “Happy Birthday” to Juliette and to Girl Scouting and have cake and ice cream!
Start in a large playing area. Show the girls a tray containing many objects, some found in nature, some not found in nature. Cover the tray. Tell the girls that the same objects are scattered (hidden) on the field and they have 15 minutes to find them all. At the end of the game, talk about how items found in nature are sometimes hard to see in their natural surroundings.
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