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Right is right, even if no one else does it

Inspired by Lord Baden-Powell and her time with the Girl Guides in the UK, Juliette Gordon Low returned to her home of Savannah, Georgia and started her own Girl Guide troop. That same year, 1915, the US Girl Guides became known as The Girl Scouts and Juliette became their first president.

Born in the south just a few years prior to the civil war, Juliette took to helping others at a young age. In her youth she formed The Helpful Hands Club with a group of friends and they would sew clothes for the children of Italian immigrants. As she grew into adulthood she learned woodworking and metalworking, she took sculpting classes and continued her charity work. After her husband’s death in 1905, she travelled extensively through Europe, at which point she met Lord Baden-Powell.

They became firm friends and Juliette threw herself into the Girl Guides with gusto. She shared Lord Baden-Powell and his sister, Agnes Baden-Powell’s belief that Scouting was a positive way for the youth to be prepared for adulthood. After setting up two troops in her home of Savannah, she went on to found the, newly renamed, Girl Scout headquarters in Washington, DC. From there she would promote scouting throughout the country and the world, and would remain a pivotal part of the organisation throughout her life. Her birthday is celebrated by the Girl Scouts as Founder’s Day, on October 31st each year.