As a new leader one of the first things you probably heard was who started the GS organization and her name, Juliette Gordon Low. Over the years as a leader I always tried to teach my girls more and more fun, interesting and important facts about her. Of course always trying to be fun and exciting.
As you all probably already know there are lots of ideas and activities you can do with your girls to help them learn more about the founder. I have created some great resources here on this blog, as well as used a lot of others from other sources.
This post is going to bring it all together, I want to share 25 ideas that I think your girls will love. A handful come directly from me as resources I have developed or are things I did with my troop, but others are from other passionate leaders and councils all in one place for you. Bookmark this page for reference, and share with other leaders.
Learn more about her life and celebrate Founders Day on Oct. 31. Here are 25 great ideas to get you started…
- I have…Who Has…Juliette Gordon Low Card Game: This is an easy-to-play game that is a great way to learn about Juliette Gordon Low. Girls will match up the answers on their cards with questions on other girls cards.
3 Games to Explore the Life of Juliette Gordon Low Activity Booklet: This activity booklet has 3 very fun games all focused on exploring the life of Juliette Gordon Low.
- Juliette Says: This game is played just like Simon Says, substituting “Simon” for “Juliette”
- 5 great party games to celebrate Juliettes birthday: This comes from another blogger you should follow.
- Pancake flipping: This was a game that was played when Juliette was a girl. Make some pancakes, just make sure they are overcooked so they are firm and won’t break. Give each girl a pancake and plate. See how many times your girls can flip the pancake before dropping it.
- First Baby Born Service Project
This is something I did with my troop a few years back. Just like you will sometimes see the first baby born in the new year wins a prize. We did the first baby born at our local hospital on October 31st sharing Juliette Gordon Lows birthday. We collected baby supplies and made several gift baskets. We also included a Daisy journey book and a cute outfit that said “Future Daisy Girl Scout”. We asked the hospital to let us know who was first born, and ask them if they would be interested in receiving our gift baskets. We ended up with two large baskets and 3 bags full of baby supplies to donate! After the mom and baby came home from the hospital, we made arrangements to take all the baby baskets to their home. The mom was so excited and the girls felt great getting to deliver the gifts to the mom and baby.
- Birthday in a Bag: Put together bags with everything you need to have a party. Sometimes circumstances prevent people from being able to celebrate their birthdays. A “Birthday in a Bag” kit can help others feel special on their birthdays. Once your kits are made, donate them to local shelters or food pantries. If you are interested in knowing what to put in a birthday bag and see how another troop also earned the Considerate and Caring Petal.
- Juliette Gordon Low Halloween Birthday SWAPS: Did you know that Juliette (Daisy) Gordon Low was born on Halloween day in 1860? This SWAP kit celebrates her special day.
- Juliette Gordon low pop up book: This is a cute booklet that teaches your girls the story of Juliette Gordon Low
- Pumpkin Biography: Using facts about Juliette your girls can create a 3D pumpkin which is perfect for Juliette’s birthday and it being Halloween!
- Juliette Gordon low Pumpkins: – Create a Juliette Gordon Low pumpkin. Decorate a coloring sheet or paper bag like Juliette’s uniform. Using a small dowel rod or stick, decorate and attach Juliette’s head and attach to the pumpkin.
- Here come the Girl Scout: Read the story of Juliette to girls. This book tells the amazing, all-true story of the visionary founder.
- Juliette Gordon Low Poster Activity: This activity is great for everyone that wants to learn more about Juliette Gordon Low. The activity includes 15 fun facts about her with 15 corresponding pictures. Cut out all the facts and images and have girls connect the image to the fact and display on a poster board. How much do the girls know about her, see how many they can figure out on their own. Have your girls share this poster with other girls and tell them everything they know about her.
- Flat Juliette as a PenPal program: Check out more about this penpal program and a pile of other penpal ideas and where to find a troop penpal.
- Have a Tea Party with your girls: In honor of Juliette Low’s love of tea parties, you can host a mother/daughter tea party, complete with hats, gloves, and teatime etiquette. Serve sandwiches, punch in fancy cups and listen to classical music as you sip!
- Juliette Gordon Low Biography Bag: This bag comes with a number of objects that aresymbols of Juliette’s life. This is a great way to teach your girls about Juliette.
- Juliette Gordon Low Travel Trunk: This activity is really cool the girls will get to decorate and put together a trunk that they will fill with things all about Juliette.
- Juliette Gordon Low video: short 1-minute video on how she started our organization
Fun Patch Ideas
- Year in the Life of Juliette: This comes from a council New Hampshire and Vermont. You can do a challenge each month and collect the circle patch set to put on the back of your vest. Celebrate our founder Juliette Gordon Low with our Year in the Life of Juliette Patch Program!
- Fun Patch ideas from Makingfriends.com
Search For More Ideas
Do you still need more ideas? If so here is a few great places to get started with your search.
- Have you heard of Makingfriends.com? If not it is a great resource for all things Scouts, but today’s topic is Juliette Gordon Low, so here is a link right to the section of site where there are lots of great ideas for you to use.
- Leader Connecting Leader’s Pinterest Board – Full of LOTS OF IDEAS for Juliette Gordon Low that I may have not mentioned here.
- How much do you know about Juliette Gordon Lows Birthplace? Planning a trip and need ideas.
Song To Try
Juliette Gordon Low Song
tune:Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star
Juliette, Juliette Gordon Low
Founded the Girl Scouts long ago
From Savannah she did roam
But she always called it home
Married a man named Willy Low
And off to England they did go.
There she met Lord Baden-Powell
Starting the Boy Scouts was his goal
When she came back to the USA
She called her cousin right away
She Founded the Girl Scouts in 1912,
Served her country, served it well
Girl Scouts she came here to start
And I thank her from my heart.
Thank you, thank you,
Daisy Low For starting the Girl Scouts long ago!
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