Girl Scouts of the United States of America earn serious attention
this time of year for their cookie sales, but the organization
celebrates a March milestone on the calendar unrelated to
carbohydrates — its founding.
March 12, 1912, Juliette Gordon Low officially registered the
organization’s first 18 girl members in Savannah, Ga.
called Girl Guides, the organization was based on a similar group in
the United Kingdom, itself an outgrowth of Lord Baden-Powell’s
Scouting movement for boys.
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Girl Scouts was chartered by the U.S. Congress in 1950. Today's
organization has more than 3.2 million members throughout the United
States and its territories.
of Girl Scouts of the USA are part of an international family of 10
million girls and adults, according to www.girlscouts.org. Today, it is widely considered
the world’s pre-eminent leadership organization dedicated solely to
girls, building character and skills for success.
2013, per congressional legislation, the United States Mint issued a
silver dollar commemorating the organization.
obverse of the coin was inspired by both the historical and
contemporary aspects of Girl Scouting and its mission statement: “Girl
Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make
the world a better place.”
reverse design depicts the logo profiles of Girl Scouts of the USA
with the inscriptions UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, E PLURIBUS UNUM, $1
and GIRL SCOUTS.
from sales of the silver dollar were to be directed to the Girl Scouts to further
its mission. However, sales failed to meet statutory requirements that
a commemorative coin program recover al of its production and
marketing costs before surcharges can be released. No surcharges were