Girl Scout Week is March 6-12, celebrating the birthday, faith, and more
For 110 years, Girl Scouts have found a way to dream big and do good. From reaching the outer limits of space to stocking their local food pantry, there is no challenge too big or need too small for a Girl Scout to tackle. Since day one, girls have found a way to create a better future for themselves, their communities, and the world. Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains, the council serving girls across New Hampshire and Vermont, is celebrating the problem-solvers, go-getters, dreamers, and doers who are creating a better future for us all.
Girl Scouts of the USA was founded on March 12, 1912, by Juliette Gordon Low in Savannah, Georgia. At a time when women in the United States couldn’t yet vote and were expected to stick to strict social norms, encouraging girls to embrace their unique strengths and create their own opportunities was game-changing. That small gathering of girls over 100 years ago ignited a movement across America where every girl could unlock her full potential, find lifelong friends, and make the world a better place.
Locally and nationally, Girl Scouts will mark the organization’s birthday during Girl Scout Week, March 6-12. During the week, Girl Scouts will celebrate faith, with Girl Scout Sunday on March 6, Girl Scout Jummah for the Muslim faith on March 11, Girl Scout Sabbath or Shabbat on March 11 and 12, as well as any other faith tradition or interfaith event on the date of their choosing.
Girl Scouts in New Hampshire and Vermont have been invited to a virtual sing-along, virtual stargazing, and a birthday celebration on March 12 to create SWAPS – homemade collectibles that girls often pin to their clothing or a lanyard.
Many alums credit their Girl Scout experience with success and happiness in their lives, and have seen how the program helps girls.
“It amazes me how a lot of these girls step up and do some of the amazing things that they do,” said Barbara Connelly, a troop leader in Lower Waterford, Vermont. “It’s important that the girls see there are older women who are encouraging them, too.”
Emma Hansen, a Gold Award Girl Scout from Salem, New Hampshire, became active in her community, boosting civic awareness and educating her neighbors on the need for renovation of her high school. “I definitely gained a lot of networking skills,” she said, “and built my confidence up, talking to people who were older than me.”
“No matter where you go, you can always find friends at a Girl Scout meeting,” said Lisa Marie, posting on Facebook in the council’s alumnae association page.
In New Hampshire, Gov. Chris Sununu has proclaimed March 6-12 Girl Scout Week in New Hampshire, in recognition of all Girl Scouting provides.
For more than a century, Girl Scouts have been breaking down barriers, climbing mountains, solving problems, helping others, running their own cookie businesses, making lifelong friendships, and so much more. If you think that’s incredible, just watch what Girl Scouts do next.
We Are Girl Scouts
Girl Scouts bring their dreams to life and work together to build a better world. Through programs from coast to coast, Girl Scouts of all backgrounds and abilities can be unapologetically themselves as they discover their strengths and rise to meet new challenges—whether they want to climb to the top of a tree or the top of their class, lace up their boots for a hike or advocate for climate justice, or make their first best friends. Backed by trusted adult volunteers, mentors, and millions of alums, Girl Scouts lead the way as they find their voices and make changes that affect the issues most important to them. To join us, volunteer, reconnect, or donate, visit girlscouts.org.
Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains serves girls throughout New Hampshire and Vermont through volunteer-run troops, events, and virtual programs. Visit www.girlscoutsgwm.org to learn more.