Friday, July 1, 2016

Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace - Her Story, Our Movement

Among the biggest draws for Girl Scouts visiting Savannah is, naturally, Juliette Gordon Low’s birthplace. Since Girl Scouts of the USA purchased the house in the 1950s, it has held its place on the bucket lists of Girl Scouts young and old. Thousands of Girl Scouts visit each year, including girls who plan and save for months (sometimes years), eager to come and connect with our Movement’s history as well as reflect on their place in its future.

Recently, Girl Scout staff from across the country came together for a regional meeting and training at the site where Girl Scouting began.  Many council and national staff who participated training know from talking with their local Girl Scout troops just how special it is to make a pilgrimage to Juliette Low’s hometown. 

At the meeting, Birthplace staff welcomed dozens of fellow Girl Scouts for a special evening of sisterhood in the home of our founder. As Sarah Henley from Girl Scouts of Eastern Oklahoma said, “I immediately experienced a sense of awe at how breathtaking and well maintained the home is.” And, after visiting the Girls Writing the World library exhibit, Henley told staff, “I appreciate you celebrating the diversity of women, including talents such as Toni Morrison and Maya Angelou.” 

Attendees toured the site and enjoyed refreshments, delighting in being in the actual space that saw our Daisy grow into the woman we all admire. Just like our girl visitors, staff enjoyed seeing Daisy’s artwork, hearing great stories, and getting a better understanding of how one young woman of privilege started a movement that has gone on to improve the lives of girls of all different types of backgrounds. 

The evening held laughter, some tears of joy, and engaging discussion about the important and worthwhile work of all Girl Scout staff and volunteers. As the attendees wrapped up the reception with a pinning ceremony, all of the Girl Scout staff who were visiting for the first time became “daughters of the house,” and everyone in attendance left with new friends and a bit more of Daisy’s amazing spirit.

Reflecting on the event, Janet Littler of Girl Scouts of Ohio’s Heartland said, “What an amazing place for girls to come and learn what they themselves might be able to accomplish.”