She also continued traveling, taking a female companion when her husband did not join her. By the early s, the marriage was coming to an end. William Low's affair with another woman had become well-known, and in his wife agreed to begin divorce proceedings. Complications arose when William Low died before the divorce was settled and left his entire estate to his mistress. That amount provided her with the means to continue her previous style of life, spending part of the year in London and Scotland and the colder months in the United States, particularly Savannah.
In , when she was 51, Low's social circles brought her into contact with Sir Robert Baden-Powell, a hero of the Boer war who had founded the Boy Scouts organization. The two became good friends and Baden-Powell introduced Low to his sister, who had founded a similar group for girls known as the Girl Guides.
The social aims of the Boy Scouts and Girl Guides —to provide healthy activities for children while instilling a sense of responsible citizenship—struck a chord in Low, who soon founded her own Girl Guide troops in Scotland and England. Her enthusiasm for the cause quickly evolved into a desire to introduce the Girl Guides program in the United States. Returning to Savannah, she established the first U.
Her group included two small troops of girls that met in the carriage house behind Low's home. The Girl Guides, dressed in a uniform of a sailor-style blouse, blue tie, navy skirt, and dark stockings, engaged in a variety of sports and outdoor activities such as camping. Other girls in Savannah were eager to join in the fun, and the response convinced Law that a nationwide organization should be formed. Her plans were interrupted, however, by the death of her father, to whom she had been greatly devoted. She spent the following year with her mother in England before returning to her work on the Girl Guides.
Low had hoped to form a group known as the Girl Scouts through a partnership with an already existing American group, the Campfire Girls, which had been founded in When this arrangement failed to materialize, Low sprang into action to make her dreams of a Girl Scouts organization a reality. She drafted several prominent Americans to serve on a board of directors, created a national headquarters, personally traveled to a number of states to launch organization efforts, and used her own money as the main source of funding.
Her efforts came to fruition in , when the Girl Scouts of America officially incorporated. Low began serving as the Girl Scouts' first president, a position she would hold for five years. By , there were more than 7, girls participating in Girl Scouts. The World War I years saw an enormous amount of growth in the Girl Scouts, which participated in a number of activities to help support the war effort. The public notice that this drew brought in new members and increased donations.
But the rapidly expanding organization soon overtook Low's ability to adequately finance the group. Rustina Sharpe rated it it was amazing Sep 08, Arly rated it really liked it Jul 15, Melody rated it really liked it Jun 24, Renee Shope rated it really liked it Sep 18, Jen marked it as to-read Aug 26, Diana marked it as to-read Mar 31, Denise marked it as to-read Jun 08, Community District Library added it Jul 09, Jenne is currently reading it Jan 28, Pascale marked it as to-read Jul 02, Judy added it Dec 28, Kristina Gross marked it as to-read Feb 08, Mary Kay marked it as to-read May 19, Carol Bushard marked it as to-read May 20, Beverly Alldredge marked it as to-read Aug 15, Margaret marked it as to-read Nov 18, Fathima Zishan marked it as to-read Feb 23, Heather marked it as to-read Jul 25, BookDB marked it as to-read Sep 16, Molly marked it as to-read Mar 12, Julie Madden marked it as to-read Nov 12, There are no discussion topics on this book yet.
Gordon Low also formed the Honorary Committee of Girl Scouts and elected her family and friends to the committee. When she arrived, she continued her work for the Girl Scouts. At the time, the Girl Scouts had 73 patrons and 2, registered members. Gordon Low decided to build a stronger central organization for the Girl Scouts by writing a new constitution that formed an executive committee and a National Council.
Gordon Low publicized the Girl Scouts through newspapers, magazines, events, and film. In response to the thrift program, a program enacted by the United States Food Administration with the goal of teaching women how to conserve food, Girl Scouts in Washington, DC began growing and harvesting their own food and canning perishable goods.
Herbert Hoover wrote to Gordon Low, thanking her for the contributions of the Girl Scouts and expressing hope that other Girl Scouts in the country would follow suit. She responded by organizing Girl Scouts to help the Red Cross by making surgical dressings and knitting clothing for soldiers.
- A WORLD THROUGH BLACK EYES!
- Mary And Her Unanswered Prayers: And Her Unanswered Prayers.
- Invasion of the Dregs.
- Trigonometry 3?
- Quick Facts.
They also picked oakum , swept workrooms, created scrapbooks for wounded soldiers, and made smokeless trench candles for soldiers to heat their food with. The first meeting took place at the Girl Guide headquarters in London, and Gordon Low attended as the representative for the United States. Gordon Low stepped down as the National President of the Girl Scouts in so that she could devote more of her time to promoting Guiding and Scouting on an international scale.
Gordon Low furnished a bungalow near the main house on the land and named it "The Link". While no longer the President, she remained an active presence in the organization.
On October 31 that same week, the Girl Scouts celebrated the first Founder's Day, a day to celebrate Gordon Low and her accomplishments. She helped plan and organize the convention by renting an auditorium, planning appearances by professional athletes, the mayor, and the school superintendent, and hiring a film company. Cloudlands was later renamed Camp Juliette Low. Gordon Low developed breast cancer in , but kept it a secret.
Juliette Gordon Low - Wikipedia
When she recovered, she resumed her work with the American Girl Scouts and the International Council. Gordon Low traveled to Liverpool , where Dr. William Blair-Bell was developing a treatment for cancer. Gordon Low tried his treatment, an IV containing a solution of colloidal lead. The treatment was unsuccessful, and she spent her 66th birthday fighting off lead poisoning. She went to the Low home in Savannah, where she spent her last few months.
Gordon Low died in Savannah on January 17, , at the age of In a postage stamp honoring Low, Scott catalogue number , was issued by the United States.
How Girl Scouts founder Juliette Gordon Low started a global movement
Over 63 million were printed, making this a common issue. At the time the Post Office had a policy of not honoring civic organizations. It took a joint resolution of Congress, with the approval of President Harry S. Truman , to produce the stamp. In , her birthplace was listed as a National Historic Landmark. Low also donated a seven-acre park in Savannah which bears her name.
Juliette Low, founder Girl Scouts America
The park originally part of her family homestead, the remainder of which was developed into the Gordonston neighborhood, which includes a road named Kinzie Avenue after Low's family has been the center of long-running disputes between Gordonston residents and non-residents as to whether the park was donated to the residents of Gordonston, or to the residents of Savannah at large, even to the point of disagreement over the park's name.
The main characters of the book, teenage sweethearts Nolan Cook and Ellie Tucker, meet one last time in the park before Ellie is forced to move away. They write letters to each other and bury them under a large oak tree, and promise to meet again on that same day eleven years later. Though their lives diverge significantly in the interim Nolan becomes an NBA superstar and is open about his Christian faith; Ellie has lost her faith and becomes a struggling single mother of a daughter named Kinzie—named after the above-mentioned street where she and Nolan regularly met , the two reunite as promised and ultimately plan to marry, with Ellie regaining her faith as a result.
In , she was inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame. On May 29, , the centennial anniversary of the Girl Scouts' founding was commemorated when Low was honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Camp Juliette Low in Cloudland, Georgia , bears the name of its founder. The trail is located in Westwinds Metropark in Holland Ohio.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Juliette Gordon Low. Savannah , Georgia. National Historic Landmarks Program.
Archived from the original on June 6, Retrieved March 31, Girl Scouts. September 9,