On this day in 1912, the first Girl Scout troop meeting was held in Savannah, Georgia. The meeting was attended by 18 girls and led by Juliette Gordon Low. Its name was orginally "Girl Guides of America."
As part of Girl Scout Week, National Girl Scout Day is observed annually on March 12th. Girl Scouting began as a way to enrich the lives of young girls by engaging them in service projects, outdoor activities, community programs, and adventures.
Since its first meeting, the Girl Scouts program has since grown to over 3.7 million members.
As far as the cookies are concerned, the Girl Scouts didn't start selling them until five years later, in 1917. It was the Mistletoe Troop in Muskogee, Oklahoma that began baking cookies and selling them in its high school cafeteria to raise money as a community service project.
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