FOUNDER'S DAY CEREMONIES
Founder's Day is celebrated on Juliette Low's
Birthday, October 31st. It should be a joyous occasion
to be commemorated by all Girl Scouts throughout the
country. Whether the girls observe Founder's Day with
some special act of service, a dramatization of episodes
in Mrs. Low's life, a friendship program or a special
ceremony, the celebration should make real to them her
vivid personality, her creative genius and her generous
Note: Also suitable for use during Girl Scout
Week...The week of March 12th.
Supplies: 1. 8 white daisy petals (cut from
paper) in this an oval shape
2. Girl Scout trefoil shape to
place in center of completed daisy
4. something on which to mount
#1 GS: Juliette Gordon Low was the founder
of Girl Scouting in the United States. She was fondly
known as Daisy to her friends.
(place petal on top)
#2 GS: She started the first troop in
Savannah, Georgia, which was her home. Her birthplace
may be visited if you go to Savannah.
(place petal on bottom)
#3 GS: The birthday of Girl Scouting in
America is March 12, 1912. Every year Girl Scouts
celebrate that day with parties, special ceremonies or
(place petal to the left)
#4 GS: Juliette Low learned about Boy
Scouting from Lord Baden-Powell, its founder whom she
met in England. Inspired by this youth program, she led
three Girl Guide companies in England and Scotland. Then
she returned to the United States with "something for
the girls" and a dream of world peace and friendship
through a program that would unite the young people of
(place petal to the right)
#5 GS: In 1913, it was decided to change
the name of the Girl Guides to Girl Scouts and the name
has been linked with the worlds largest organization for
girls ever since.
#6 GS: Daisy Low worked endlessly and even
sold her pearl necklace to spread the exciting ideas of
Girl Scouting. Even her deafness in later years did not
#7 GS: Millions of girls have made the Girl
Scout Promise since then, and the Promise holds the same
meaning as Daisy Low made to herself when she first
brought Girl Scouting to the United States many years
#8 GS: Juliette Low wished Girl Scouts and
Guides in other countries could become friends. When she
died, the Juliette Low World Friendship Fund was
established in her memory to help her dream come true.
Every year Girl Scouts make a voluntary contribution to
this fund and by so doing they help young people of
other lands meet and know each other at the World
Centers and other international gatherings.
(place petal) (Optional - collect donations to
#9 GS: We complete our "daisy" with the
trefoil, the symbol of the Promise made by Girl Scouts
(place trefoil in center - repeat Promise)
The Wish That Came True
A choral reading by Marie Witzel and Dorothy
(revised by Carol Lee Spages)
SOLO: Once Juliette Low said to her
father she wished she could leave a work of art for
which she could be remembered forever.
UNISON: Your wish, Juliette Low, came
GROUP 1: Just as you dreamed it would.
GROUP 2: You learned of Boy Scouts from
Lord Robert Baden-Powell.
SOLO: "I wish I could help," she
UNISON: With him, you wished that girls
could share the joys of -
SOLO: Love of the out-of-doors!
UNISON: Service! (pause) Then troops
were started in villages, towns and cities. They were
called Girl Guides.
GROUP 1: And then another wish to take the
idea across the ocean to America!
UNISON: A wonderful program for girls -
GROUP 2: Your wish became a gift to the
girls of the U.S.A.
UNISON: You wished for thousands. We now
proudly say there are millions! (pause) Your wish came
SOLO: The youngest members are called
Daisy Girl Scouts.
GROUP 1: They take their name from the
nickname of you, our Founder, Juliette Gordon Low.
GROUP 2: Daisy Girl Scouts enjoy lots of
fun-filled activities...earning the Promise Center and
SOLO: The next level is Brownie Girl
GROUP 1: They continue to explore of the
program by completing activities from Try-Its
SOLO: Junior Girl Scouts come next.
GROUP 2: Their world expands for them as
they choose to earn Badges and Signs.
SOLO: Sign of the Rainbow.
SOLO: Sign of the Sun.
SOLO: Sign of the Star.
SOLO: Sign of the World.
SOLO: And the Leadership Award. They
can also show how they are growing by earning the Girl
Scout Bronze Award, the highest award in Junior Girl
GROUP 1: STUDIO 2B...is the place to be for
Girl Scouts 11 -17 who want to shape the world around
them and create their own adventures.
SOLO: Their program goals are the 4
B's: Become, Belong, Believe, Build.
GROUP 2: They can pick and choose from
Focus Books and earn charms, choose exciting activities
from the Collections magazines and more...the world is
GROUP 1: Girls develop their own plan of
action. The program becomes an individual path for each
GROUP 2: Some may choose to earn Interest
GROUP 1: By becoming a Program Aide, girls
provide service & leadership while working with younger
SOLO: Girls in grades 6 -9 can choose
to complete the challenging requirements of the highest
award for girls of this age group...the Girl Scout
SOLO: Girls in grades 9 -12 can
choose a different path in
GROUP 2: Leader-in-Training,
Counselor-in-Training, or Girl Scout Troop Assistant
will be the path of some who choose hone their
leadership skills while working with younger girls.
GROUP 1: The Girl Scout Gold Award. (pause)
Girl Scouting's highest award, will be earned by a
dedicated few who choose to take on this commitment to
developing to their full self- potential.
UNISON: Girl Scouts wish for dreams to
come true, too! They can visit the World Centers.
SOLO: An international encampment at
Our Cabana in Mexico,
SOLO: A session at Sangam, in India
or Pax Lodge in England.
SOLO: Or maybe a visit to Our Chalet
UNISON: Your wish came true!
Destinations for girls!
SOLO: Your friends knew your wishes
and in your memory founded the Juliette Low World
GROUP 2: From Girl Scouts all over the
SOLO: Hundreds of thousands of
dollars each year.
UNISON: Money to promote international
SOLO: You will be remembered,
Juliette Low, for all you gave to us.
SOLO: Our Motto -
UNISON: "Be Prepared"
SOLO: Our Slogan -
UNISON: "Do a Good Turn Daily"
SOLO: Our Girl Scout Promise -
UNISON: (make G.S. sign and repeat the
Girl Scout Promise)
SOLO: Our Law -
SOLO: I will do my best to be honest
GROUP 1: friendly and helpful,
SOLO: considerate and caring,
GROUP 2: courageous and strong, and
SOLO: responsible for what I say and
GROUP 1: and to respect myself and others,
SOLO: respect authority,
GROUP 2: use resources wisely,
SOLO: make the world a better place,
GROUP 1: to be a sister to every Girl
SOLO: Our pin -
UNISON: A symbol of Girl Scouts that
encircles the world.
GROUP 2: The three leaves of the trefoil
remind us of the three parts of our Girl Scout Promise.
UNISON: It is a symbol of
SOLO: Working together
SOLO: Playing together
SOLO: Seeking together
SOLO: You will be remembered, Juliette
UNISON: Your wish did come true!
Note: This choral reading could be
part of a celebration or used as a ceremony by itself or
combined with a song, other readings and/or a flag