American Heritage girls

Juliette Low began the Girls Scouts, March 12, 1912, in Savannah, Georgia.

Chronic ear infections as a child made one ear deaf. A grain of rice thrown at her wedding lodged in her other ear, which was punctured by the procedure to remove it.

Juliette Low’s father, a U.S. Army general, was previously a Civil War Confederate captain. In the Spanish-American War, Juliette Low and her mother organized a convalescent hospital for wounded soldiers returning from Cuba.

After her husband’s death in 1905, Juliette Low traveled to England where in 1911 she met Boer War hero Sir Robert Baden-Powell, founder of the Boy Scouts. They were engaged to be married, but the wedding was cancelled.

Returning to America, Juliette Low founded Girl Guides. Dying of breast cancer in 1927, she was buried in her uniform.

The original Girl Scout promise 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.”

In recent years, the Girl Scouts have been mentioned in news stories relating to topics of promiscuity, sexual orientation, gender identity, abortion and Planned Parenthood.

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In 1995, parents in West Chester, Ohio, explored the idea of a new organization for their daughters. This led Patti Garibay to found the family-friendly “American Heritage Girls,” a non-profit organization dedicated to the mission of building women of integrity through service to God, family, community and country.

American Heritage Girls offers badge programs, service projects, girl leadership opportunities and outdoor experiences. American Heritage Girls has rapidly grown to serve thousands of girls with troops in nearly every state.

With wholesome role models, character building, traditional Judeo-Christian morality, focusing on “Faith, Service and Fun,” the American Heritage Girls’ oath is: “I promise to love God, cherish my family, honor my country, and serve in my community.”

When asked what motivated her, American Heritage Girls’ founder Patti Garibay told the National Review Online, Feb. 22, 2014: “Girls discovering that they are made in the image of God, that the Father has a great plan and will for their lives, and that, by discovering this plan, they can have great influence on their families, their churches, their communities and their world. I love to see a girl go from a backward, shy state of being to a confident, God-loving woman of influence in a short amount of time.”

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