attributed to a letter written by Juliette Low in
"I realize that each year it has changed and grown until
I know that,
a decade from now, what I might say of it would seem
like an echo of
what has been instead of what is."
The work of today is the history of tomorrow, and we are
-- Juliette Gordon Low
...to go on with my heart and soul, devoting all my
energies to Girl Scouts, and heart and hand with them,
we will make our lives and the lives of the future girls
happy, healthy and holy.
Juliette Gordon Low
I had my favorite watch on most days. The fact that it
only had one hand, and couldn't really tell the time,
never really bothered me.
I had a series of ear infections and was losing patience
with "traditional" medicine. I had heard that silver
nitrate was the "newest" treatment, and I insisted that
the doctor use it on me. Unfortunately, it was too
powerful a mixture, and it caused me to go deaf in that
ear. Later on at my wedding, a truly freaky thing
happened; some of the rice people threw got caught in my
other ear. I didn't want to take the time to see a
doctor, since I was leaving on my honeymoon. Well, the
rice festered in my ear and caused quite an infection.
When it was finally removed, the instrument they used to
take it out made me deaf in that ear too.
The Wrong Fish
I was out trout fishing one night and felt a tug on my
line. I fought hard for quite a while to try and "land"
my catch. What I didn't realize was that I hadn't hooked
a fish - rather, I had hooked one of my guests straight
through the ear. I was too deaf to hear his screams, and
I was so determined to land the "fish" I never noticed
that it was a human being instead.
When I returned to the States and wanted to start the
Girl Scouts, I knew I needed some help. The first woman
I approached tried to tell me she wasn't interested. I
pretended that my deafness prevented me from hearing her
refusals. And told her, "Then that's settled. I've told
my girls you will take the meeting next Thursday." I
never heard a word of argument from her again!
Fishing with Kipling
I was bored at one of the parties I was attending, and
so pulled Kipling away from his friends and took him
fishing. He kept complaining that we weren't dressed for
it (we were both in formal attire), but I never saw what
difference our clothes made - it wasn't as if they were
the bait we were using!
When I was little, people fattened and then slaughtered
their own Thanksgiving turkeys. Just before they cut off
our turkey's head, I convinced my family that brutal
decapitation was inhuman. I argued that he could be
chloroformed first, and then wouldn't feel anything.
They finally gave in and agreed to do just that. Then
they plucked the turkey and put him in the icebox. When
they opened the icebox the next day, the bird was wide
awake and bolted out of his frozen "cage." The cook,
thinking the bird had been dead, became hysterical and
jumped up on top of the stove.
Once I showed up at my sister's with a baby rabbit I had
bought from some children because its ears were cold. I
put the rabbit on a hot water bottle and massaged its
ears for quite a while. After all, I knew that all
healthy animals had warm ears.
A Battle of Wills
When my husband died, I found that he had willed his
entire estate to another woman. No one was going to get
away with that! Against the advice of my friends, I
decided to contest the will.and eventually I won a
I always loved animals. I was constantly coming home
with stray dogs, cats and even horses. Sometimes they
weren't strays, but I felt that their owners were
from "Juliette Low's Notes on the Laws, 1912"
"HONOR. This means that a girl is not satisfied with
keeping the letter of the law when she really breaks it
LOYAL. This means that she is true to her country, to
the city or village where she is a citizen, to her
family, her church, her school, and those for whom she
may work or who may work for her.
HELPFUL. The simplest way of saying this for the very
young Scout is to do a good turn to someone every day:
that is, to be a giver and not a taker. This is the
spirit that makes the older Scout into a fine, useful,
THRIFTY. The most valuable thing we have in this life is
time, and most girls are apt to be rather stupid about
getting the most out of it. Health is probably a woman's
greatest capital, and a Girl Scout.....doesn't waste it
in poor diet.....so that she goes bankrupt before she is
thirty. Money is a very useful thing to have....A Girl
Scout saves, as she spends, on some system."
"FRIEND TO ANIMALS. All Girl Scouts take particular care
of our dumb friends, the animals, and protect them from
stupid neglect or hard usage.
PURE.A good housekeeper cannot endure dust and dirt; a
well-cared-for body cannot endure grime and soot; a pure
mind cannot endure doubtful thoughts that cannot be
freely aired and ventilated."
The quote is taken from page 305 in the book "Lady from
Savannah The Life
of Juliette Low" written by Gladys Denny Shultz and
Daisy Gordon Lawrence.
Added note: Daisy Gordon Lawrence was the first Girl
Scout of the United States
Eighty Nine years ago Juliette Gordon Low made this
historical phone call to Miss Nina Anderson Pape, a
distant cousin, and the Principal of a local girls'
school---"Come right over, I've got something for the
girls of Savannah and all America and all the world and
we're going to start it tonight!"
Now eighty nine years later you are carrying on her
dream by ...
Right is right, even if no one else does it.
When asked what the girls should do, Juliette responded
"What do the girls WANT to do?"
Every badge you earn is tied up to your motto. This
badge is not a reward for something you have done once
or for an examination you have passed. Badges are not
medals to wear on your sleeve to show what a smart girl
you are. A badge is a symbol that you have done the
thing it stands for often enough, thoroughly enough, and
well enough to BE PREPARED to give service in it. You
wear the badge to let people know that you are prepared
and willing to be called on because you are a Girl
Scout. And Girl Scouting is not just knowing.....but
doing.....not just doing, but being.
Why should my daughter become a Girl Scout - FUN
If you asked her daughter, she would probably reply
Because the Girl Scouts have real Fun
but if I were to analyze the results of Scouting I would
tell that mother that the most valuable asset her girl
would gain is a sense of Individual Responsibility She
makes her Promise (1) To do her duty to God and Country
(2) To Help others at all times (3) To obey the Scout
laws This promise is taken seriously & the individual
responsibility is brought about by Team Work
Every girl living up to a standard & seeing that her
[comrades] in her patrol live up to it also
"Ours is a circle of friends united by ideals."
In a 1925 letter Juliette Gordon Low, founder of the
Girl Scout Movement,
wrote of Girl Scouts:
"I realize that each year it has changed and grown until
I know that, a decade from now, what I might say of it
would seem like an echo of what has been instead of what
A Tree for the Future
The sap rises in the trees
From root to branch
And makes a tree that looks dead
Blossom with green leaves
So it is that the Scouting Spriit
Rises within you and
Inspires you to put forth
By Juliette Gordon Low