The Girls Scouts of America was started on this date, March 12, 1912, in Savannah, Ga., by Mrs. Juliette Low. After meeting Sir Baden-Powell, founder of the Boy Scouts, Juliette formed the Girl Scouts to be a nonsectarian, nonpolitical and interracial organization, for the purpose of building good character and citizenship. By the 1920s the movement had spread across America and to its membership of millions worldwide. The original Girl Scout promise, made upon joining, was: “On my honor, I will try: to do my duty to God and my country, to help other people at all times, to obey the Girl Scout laws.”

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