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A Timeline of Girl Scout History
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Oct. 31, 1860: Birth of Juliette Gordon Low

1910: Girl Guide movement begins in England

1911: Juliette meets Sir Robert Baden-Powell, founder of Boy Scouts in England, and his sister, Agnes Baden-Powell founder of Girl Guides in England

March 12, 1912: Margaret Daisy Gordon, Juliette's niece, becomes the first registered Girl Guide in America

1913: Girl Scouts becomes the new name for Girl Guides in America W.J. Hoxie makes first G.S. handbook, How Girls Can Help Their Country National Headquarters established in Washington, D.C.

1914: Trefoil design for membership badges is patented and becomes the sign of membership

1915: Girl Scout organization is incorporated Constitution and bylaws are adopted at the 1st annual convention in Washington, D.C. Juliette Low is elected President of Girl Scouts

1916: G.S. headquarters is moved to New York City. The first Brownie-age troop is organized in Marblehead, Massachusetts

1917: Mrs. Woodrow Wilson becomes the first honorary president of Girl Scouts. Monthly publication for girls of The Rally begins. First troop of physically handicapped girls in the United States is organized in New York City

1920: At this time there are nearly 100 Girl Scout Councils in 11 states and the territory of Hawaii, with almost 70,000 girl members and over 3,000 troops. Rally magazine becomes American Girl. Juliette Low retires as President of Girl Scouts and takes the title "Founder of Girl Scouts October 31 becomes known as Founders Day in Girl Scouts.

1922: Publication of a monthly bulletin for Girl Scout leaders, Field News, begins Camp Andree Clark becomes the first national Girl Scout camp

1923: The name Field News changes to The Girl Scout Leader

1926: First international conferences held at Edith Macy. Girl Scout National Center with representatives from 29 countries. Thinking Day becomes a yearly event

1927: First group of U.S. Girl Scouts goes to an international event in Switzerland Juliette Low dies; Juliette Low World Friendship Fund is started in her honor New Girl Scout handbook is published. First United States Girl Scout Troops on Foreign Soil are registered

1928: World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) is formed

1929: At the end of the year there are over 200,000 Girl Scouts

1930: First all Indian Girl Scout troop registers in Pawnee, Oklahoma

1932: March 12 is designated as the official Birthday of Girl Scouts. First international center for Girl Guides/Girl Scouts opens at Our Chalet in Switzerland. The World Flag is adopted

1933: The Girl Scout handbook is transcribed into Braille and large type

1936: First nationally franchised Girl Scout cookie sale

1938: Over 1 million boxes of Girl Scout cookies are sold

1939: Over 2 million boxes of Girl Scout cookies are sold

1940: First Girl Scout troops for teens from mentally and socially handicapped people are registered.

1943: First Girl Scout calendar is produced

1944: 1 million members register in Girl Scouts. A Liberty Ship, "S.S. Juliette Low" of the Merchant Marines is launched. More than 1/4 million girls go to Girl Scout camps

1947: The name of the organization changes to Girl Scouts of the United States of America

1948: The U.S. Postal Service issues a 3-cent stamp honoring Juliette Low. 750,000 stamps are sold in Savannah on the first day of issue

1949: Almost 1.5 million are registered in Girl Scouts

1950: GSUSA is incorporated under a Congressional Charter

1951: First Brownie Girl Scout Handbook for girls is published. Motto becomes "Be Prepared"

1953: GSUSA purchases Juliette Gordon Low birthplace in Savannah, Georgia

1957: 3 million members in Girl Scouts. The first world center for Girl Guides and Girl Scouts in the Western Hemisphere, Our Cabana, opens in Cuernavaca, Mexico.