National Girl Scout organization is formed (1913)
Young girls learn signs, passwords, salutes just as boys
These are Girl Scouts:
- They have signs and passwords and salutes just as Boy Scouts do!
- They wigwag like soldiers in the field!
- They signal each other with blankets and sticks!
- They are taught integrity and honesty; kindness to animals and old people.
- They are given instruction in cooking, sewing, washing and ironing.
- Each girl is urged to take an active interest in all athletic games.
- First aids to the injured are a part of the regular instruction to all!
Why not have a scouting organization for girls?
Why not have a national Girl Scout organization patterned very much after the Boy Scout organization which has proved so popular? This was the question, long in the mind of Mrs William Low of Savannah, Georgia, which has just resulted in the actual creation of such an organization.
The national headquarters has been opened in the Munsey building in Washington and a secretary placed in charge.
The idea started, you know, with just a little handful of girls down in Savannah. It has steadily grown. Women have written from all parts of the United States, asking for Information about the Savannah Girl Scout organization. And now Mrs Low has planned it so that all girls in the whole country may join.
The rules of the Girl Scouts are similar, in so far as it is possible, to the Boy Scouts.
The requirements for membership are exceedingly simple. Any girl is eligible who agrees to obey the rules of the organization. No unreasonable restraint is placed on them. The patrols meet once a week, spending one hour indoors, learning useful crafts and domestic duties; the other hour outdoors learning to conserve health and care for their bodies.
The handbook of the Girl Scouts is now ready for distribution. So are the badges. The uniform of the girls is blue!
Any group of girls, anywhere, may join the national organization of the Girl Scouts. The secretary at the Munsey building, Washington, is ready to tell them how.