Girl Scouts and Patriotism: How Girl Scouts Celebrate July 4

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Girl Scouts conduct flag ceremony at Camp Kaufmann

Since the first troop in 1912, Girl Scouts have always exhibited a great amount of support and love for their country. It all started in Savannah, Georgia with the bravery and innovation of Juliette “Daisy” Gordon Low – our amazing founder. She had a vision for girls and remained selfless through her community service.

Girl Scouts are fulfilling Daisy’s vision by marching in local Memorial Day, Fourth of July, and Veterans Day parades, taking part in flag ceremonies, wearing the flag proudly on their classic Girl Scout uniforms, placing flags at local cemeteries to honor veterans, sending cards and care packages with those delicious Girl Scout Cookies to U.S. service members! It is safe to say that Girl Scouting is as American as apple pie!

Whether you’re at the beach, at a barbecue, or maybe you’re at camp with your Girl Scout sisters bonding over some s’mores and a cozy campfire, take a moment to share the ways in which Girl Scouts support their communities, advocate for change, and make the world (and our country) a better place!

  1. Citizen badges are available at every Girl Scout level and not only helps girls learn about their communities, but also teaches them how to identify issues in their communities to make them better. The badges are available on our Badge Explorer and include Good Neighbor for Daisies, Celebrating Community for Brownies, Inside Government for Juniors, Finding Common Ground for Cadettes, Behind the Ballot for Seniors, and Public Policy for Ambassadors.

  2. The Girl Scout Promise and Law, shared by every member of Girl Scouts, outlines the core values of Girl Scouting, which includes serving your country, giving back to your community, and making the world a better place.

  3. Fifty-eight percent of women in the 116th Congress are Girl Scout Alums.*

  4. During World War II, Girl Scouts performed a multitude of tasks, including knitting, rolling bandages, clerical assignments, and caring for kids whose parents were performing war work.

  5. In a Girl Scout Research Institute 2012 study, they found that Girl Scout Alums are more likely to always vote than non-alums: 51% vs. 41%. Girl Scouts know their voices matter!

As Girl Scouts, we have so much to be proud of and we will continue serving this great country by moving at the speed of G.I.R.L.s! Remember, no deed is too small and all acts of kindness can have a big impact.

Happy Independence Day!

Kuhl, J. (2018). Girls Only Club: 58 Percent Of Women Elected To Congress Were Girl Scouts. Forbes.

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