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From the collection: Girl Scouts of America celebrates 100 years

This week the museum is helping celebrate the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Girl Scouts of America. In honor of this huge anniversary, we're declaring it "Girl Scout Appreciation Week" at The Children's Museum of Indianapolis! That means all Girl Scouts and their immediate family receive a discount this week (March 12-17, 2012)! Just wear your Girl Scout uniform, t-shirt, sash, or vest when you visit and get in for the group admission rate at the Box Office.

We also want to take a minute to share some of the really cool Girl Scout objects in our collection!

By: Janna Bennett, curator of American Collections

Founded in the United States in 1912, Juliette Gordon Low began the Girl Scouts based upon Sir Robert Baden-Powell’s Boy Scouts and Girl Guides program in England.  Today, as a global organization, over 3 million Girl Scouts explore the world around them while developing important life skills. 

Beginning in 1935 any Senior Scout troop could choose to be a Mariner troop.  These troops devoted time to outdoor activities including boating and camping to explore recreational and vocational activities. Instead of wearing the traditional green uniform, Mariners wore this blue uniform worn by Peoria, Illinois scout Colleen Cowan in the 1960s.

Girl Scout Mariner uniformGirl Scout Mariner Uniform badges

Low founded the Girl Scouts with 18 chartered members from her birthplace, Savannah, Georgia. One hundred years later, millions of girls and adult volunteers continue to honor the Girl Scout Law and contribute in the world around them through self-discovery and collaborating with others. This first aid kit and game handbook were used in 1929 one year after the group adopted a green uniform.

Girl Scout first aid kit and game book

Congrats to the Girl Scouts on an amazing 100 years!

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