Happy Girl Scout Week!

Girl Scout Week is just around the corner, with plenty of opportunities for Girl Scouts to celebrate sisterhood and demonstrate what it means to be a G.I.R.L. (That includes the Girl Scout Anniversary, March 12, which marks 105 years since Juliette Gordon Low founded Girl Scouts!)

In true Girl Scout spirit, each day of the week has a different service theme, which has evolved over the years. According to VintageGirlScout.com, Girl Scout Week started in 1919 as a way for the young organization to raise money and gain members: “Through the years, the focus changed to meet the needs of [the] changing world and changing girls.” (You can read more about the history of Girl Scout Week here.)

Thanks to our friends at GreenBlood News on Facebook, we were able to gain even more insight about Girl Scout Week—and have provided suggestions for daily activities below.

Girl Scout Week, March 12–18

Sunday, March 12: Girl Scout Sunday and Girl Scout Anniversary
Take part in a religious service while wearing your Girl Scout uniform
Consider earning a religious award
Think about earning your My Promise, My Faith pin
Learn about Girl Scout history and our founder, Juliette Gordon Low
Hold a troop celebration (We have plenty of goodies, including confetti and patches, for your party—check our store locations and hours here.)

Monday, March 13: Service to Family Day (previously called Homemaking Day)
Keep in mind the Girl Scout Law
Be friendly and helpful, considerate and caring—and don’t forget to respect authority
Help with chores around the house
Do extra good deeds for your family

Tuesday, March 14: Service to Community Day (previously called Citizenship Day)
Take part in a service or Take Action project in your community
Work toward a Girl Scout award
Connect with your community and/or school officials and leaders

Wednesday, March 15: Health and Safety Day
Eat only healthy snacks
Exercise for at least 20 minutes
Check to see if your smoke detectors are working properly at home
Consider earning the Girl Scout Safety Award for your level: Find requirements in the Girls Guide to Girl Scouting, under the Awards tab
Brownies and up, consider earning your First Aid legacy badge (check your Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting for badge requirements)

Thursday, March 16: International Friendship Day
Learn about a country you would like to visit
Cook or prepare a meal from another country
Learn more about WAGGGS

Friday, March 17: Arts & Culture Day (previously called Arts & Crafts Day)
Go to a museum, concert, or play
Work on an art project
Brownies and up, consider earning the Art-related legacy badge (check your Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting for badge requirements)

Saturday, March 18: Girl Scout Sabbath and Service to the Planet Day (previously called Outdoors Day)
Attend a religious service wearing your Girl Scout Uniform
Learn about another religion
Think about earning your My Promise, My Faith pin
Sign up for summer camp
Play games outside with your troop or family
Go on a hike

Which activities are you planning with your family or troop? We want to see how you’re celebrating—share your activities with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram and tag us (@GirlScoutsLA). We might share your content with the entire GSGLA community!

Also, are you a Girl Scout history buff? Want to share your knowledge about Girl Scout Week? We’d love to learn more—please leave a comment on this post!

Happy Girl Scout Week, everyone!

Happy Founder’s Day!

Dear Girl Scouts,

It’s the time of year when children’s imaginations run wild. Halloween conjures up images of costumes, candy, and crisp fall air. Yet Oct. 31 holds another meaning for Girl Scouts—it marks Founder’s Day, the birthday of Juliette Gordon “Daisy” Low.

On a day when girls reinvent themselves as everything from superheroes to s’mores, Juliette was the original visionary. She launched the Girl Scout Movement in 1912, and through her legacy, has inspired more than 60 million girls and women to positively impact the world.

Juliette “never believed that she could not do something because she was a woman,” notes GSGLA historian and lifetime Girl Scout Birgit Kielpinski. “She was a woman of vision and action and never let her female status repress what she wanted to do and achieve.” Truly remarkable, considering she founded Girl Scouts of the USA before American women even gained the right to vote.

On Founder’s Day—and every day—we recognize the vision, passion, and determination that guided Juliette and compelled her to work with girls. We encourage you to share her story of perseverance; it’s one that remains relevant today, as we strive to transform the leadership landscape for girls. You can also reinforce the values for which Juliette stood, as encapsulated in the Girl Scout Promise and Law—through them, we’re able to build girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place.

Have a happy and safe Halloween and Founder’s Day!

Yours in Girl Scouting,


Lise L. Luttgens

Twitter: @gsgla_ceo

P.S. Juliette Gordon Low was the original G.I.R.L. (Go-Getter, Innovator, Risk-Taker, Leader). Find out how she exemplified the traits that make up Girl Scout DNA!