|Girl Scout Rally, 1930|
In the Piper Gallery & Sophia Ho Case during May . . .
Lexington Girl Scouts
Celebrating 100 years
Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts serves more than 41,000 girls ages 5-17 and 18,000 adult volunteers in 178 communities across Eastern Massachusetts with the mission to build girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place. The Girl Scouts provide girls with the opportunity to DISCOVER their world, CONNECT with and build an understanding for others and TAKE ACTION to make the world a better place. Girls are guided by committed and caring adults who make learning fun. Girl Scouting helps each girl achieve her personal leadership pathway to the future.
The first Girl Scout troop in Mass was founded in New Bedford by Emma Hall. Called the Red Rose Troop #1, it began in 1913 and remains a thriving troop today.
The first Brownie Girl Scout troop in the USA was founded by Marie Dennett in Marblehead, MA in 1926.
The Lexington Girl Scouts were famous for their Drum and Bugle Corps in the 1920’s and 1930’s. The girls participated in competitions and won many honors and awards.
Juliette "Daisy" Gordon Low assembled 18 girls from Savannah, Georgia, on March 12, 1912, for a local Girl Scout meeting. She believed that all girls should be given the opportunity to develop physically, mentally, and spiritually. With the goal of bringing girls out of isolated home environments and into community service and the open air, Girl Scouts hiked, played basketball, went on camping trips, learned how to tell time by the stars, and studied first aid.
Within a few years, Daisy's dream for a girl-centered organization was realized. Today, Girl Scouts of the USA has a membership of over 3.2 million girls and adults, a significant growth from its modest beginnings nearly a century ago. In fact, more than 50 million women in the U.S. today are Girl Scout alumnae. We invite you to learn about our robust organization and its rich history. From our willingness to tackle important societal issues, to our commitment to diversity and inclusiveness—Girl Scouts is dedicated to every girl, everywhere.