Girl Scouts of Rhode Island, Inc.
JULIETTE LOW’S BIRTHDAY
Happy Birthday Daisy! Halloween was a special day for Juliette Gordon Low, founder of Girl Scouts of the USA, because she was born October 31, 1860 in Savannah, Georgia. A wonderfully eccentric woman with vision, she believed in service to community, self-reliance for girls, and the importance of having fun. Help your girls plan a celebration in honor of her birthday with resources.
OPENING: Sing Juliette Gordon Low (tune: Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star)
Chorus: Juliette, Juliette Gordon Low
Founded the Girl Scouts long ago
She Founded the Girl Scouts in 1912,
Served her country, served it well
From Savannah she did roam
But she loved that place called home
On My honor, I will try
To do my duty until I die
ACTIVITY #1 – PLAY THE JULIETTE LOW AND GIRL SCOUTING GAME
(An Action Story) As the story is read, players do the following actions when certain words are said. Practice the motion first so everyone understands. This is easier to play standing up.
"JULIETTE LOW" - Join hands with persons on right and left
"SCOUT’ OR SCOUTING"- Smile and salute
"WORLD" - Spin around once
“FUND” - Punch a button with one finger and say “cha-ching”
In 1912, Juliette Low became interested in scouting while visiting her friends, Lord and Lady Baden-Powell, who lived in England and who started Boy Scouting and Girl Guiding in their part of the world.
When Juliette Low came back to America, she thought scouting was so wonderful that she decided to start the first Girl Scout Troop in her own home town of Savannah, Georgia. This she did on March 12, 1912 and this first little troop of eight girls was the first Girl Scout troop in this part of the world. This first Girl Scout troop was so successful that Juliette Low wanted to see Girl Scout troops all over the world. She knew that Girl Scouting would help girls all over the world become friends and to help build world peace and good will. Girl Scouting grew and grew until now you are not only a member of your own little troop, but also a member of the Girl Scouts of the USA and the world Association of the Girl Guides and Girl Scouts.
Juliette Low died in 1927 and her friends wanted to pay her a great tribute. They knew that her greatest dream was of world friendship and of world peace and that she hoped to accomplish this through Girl Scouting. So her friends started a memorial fund in her honor and called it the Juliette Low World Friendship Fund and each year all Girl Scouts in the United States contributed to this Fund which helps Girl Scouting all over the world.
Your contributions to this Fund will travel to all parts of the world and help Girl Scouts in many ways; maybe it will help to send older Girl Scouts from our country to Our Chalet in Switzerland, where Girl Scouts from all over the world get together to exchange ideas and to help build world peace.
We have no way of knowing how far our contribution may travel; we have no way of knowing what ways it may be returned to us in new friendships and world peace. But we do know that the Juliette Low World Friendship Fund is doing a lot of good. We do know that we are helping the fund to spread Girl Scouting around the world when
we make our contribution to the Juliette Low World Friendship Fund.
ACTIVITY #2: Juliette Low Birthday Party
The girls can bring “gifts” to their troop in honor of Juliette’s birthday. A great way to start your troop supplies or replenish used items. Ideas for gifts might include crayons, construction paper, glue, paper towels, napkins, paper plates, etc. The list can be modified to your particular needs. Have the girls wrap their gifts and share them with their troop/group. Everyone brings a gift and opens a gift. Have a birthday cake or cupcakes and punch! Play some fun party games, such as pin the “Petal on the Daisy”, “Juliette Says”, etc. Just have fun!
For those in their Daisy year, a full-fledged birthday party for Juliette complete with gifts that could be given to a local children's hospital or charity would be a good way to introduce the youngest Girl Scouts to Juliette Low and would qualify for their "to make the world a better place" petal.
ACTIVITY #3 – TEA PARTY
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 petit four sandwiches, punch in fancy cups and listen to classical music as you sip!
ACTIVITY #4 – SERVICE PROJECT
Participate in a service project to honor Juliette Low. Appropriate "Juliette-themed" gifts for such an event would be art supplies in that Juliette loved to paint and sculpt. If a charity, hospital, or school for disabled children exists in your area, donating to any of these choices would be doubly appropriate. When Juliette founded Girl Scouting, girls with disabilities were welcomed, whereas they were often excluded elsewhere.
Cookies & S’Mores - Learn the history of Girl Scout cookies & S’Mores. Hint try
looking up Some More. Create a recipe using at least one type of Girl Scout cookie.
FORK DAISIES - Create a bouquet of fork daisies in various colors. Place in a vase or pin to yourself as a corsage.
Needed: Fork for each girl to use as a loom – heavy duty forks work best,
various colors of yarn, scissors
Cut a piece of yarn 6 inches long and place between the middle tines of a fork so that both ends hang down. Hold fork handle and yarn together in one hand. This will become the stem of the flower after being used to tie the weaving together. Cut a piece of yarn 12-18 inches. Hold one end of this piece of yarn in same hand along with fork and stem piece. Begin weaving yarn in and out of the tines of the fork, weaving under one, over the next. Go around the end and continue weaving until the yarn is all used or the fork is full. Have a buddy help by holding the fork so you can lift the ends of the stem pieces and tie around the weaving using a half knot in the center tine. Gently pull weaving off the fork, tightening the knot as you pull. When knot is off the fork, tighten fully and finish the knot as a square knot. Trim ends even, leaving stem longer. Make a Daisy magnet. Use yellow posterboard and glue or tie a yarn fork daisy in the center. Glue a magnet to the back.
JULIETTE LOW PAPERBAG PUPPET
Using one paper bag per girl, girls can decorate their puppets with google eyes, yarn hair, felt mouths, etc. Or use markers and crayons to make the craft simpler. Design the puppets attire by finding out what kind of Girl Scout uniforms were worn during Juliet Low’s time. Use old scraps of fabric, felt, or construction paper to make these uniforms. Or again you can use markers and crayons to make the craft simpler. Use your imagination!
TISSUE PAPER DAISIES
Make a bouquet of tissue paper daisies using white and yellow paper. Stack 3 white and 1 yellow pieces of tissue paper. Trim the ends more deeply before you open up the flower so that the petals separate better. Trim the top of the yellow center if desired.
Needed: 2 white and 1 yellow colored tissue paper, chenille stem, scissors, ruler Directions: Cut tissue paper into rectangles of desired size (5x7" is the size pictured). Stack 4 pieces of tissue paper. Accordion pleat the tissue paper working from the long side. Wind one end of the chenille stem around the middle of the accordion pleated tissue paper. Gently separate each layer pulling upwards toward the middle of the flower.
CLOSING: DAISY SONG
tune: Bicycle Built For Two
Daisy, Daisy, We honor your memory true.
We are Girl Scouts, All because of you.
We follow the path you started and live the law you charted.
We grow & grow for Juliette Low, America's proud of you.
OPENING: SING - JULIETTE GORDON LOW
(tune: Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star)
From Savannah Mrs. Low did roam
But she always called it home
Juliette, Juliette Gordon Low
Founded the Girl Scouts long ago
She met a man named Baden-Powell
Starting the Boy Scouts was his goal
When some girls came to be a Scout
Juliette decided to help them out
When she came back to the USA
She started the Girl Scouts right away
Juliette, Juliette Gordon Low
Founded the Girl Scouts long ago
In 1912, some girls-they met,
And had tea with Juliette
Juliette, Juliette Gordon Low
Founded the Girl Scouts long ago
Girl Scouts she came here to start
And I thank her from my heart.
ACTIVITY #1 - THE JULIETTE LOW STORY
(Divide the group into eight group; these will be Juliette Low, Georgia, Horses, London, Lord Baden-Powell, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts)
Sound Effects- (when they hear their names they stand up and make their sound. It's even cuter when they have to do an action as well)
Little Girls - Stand and giggle
Juliette Low - Curtsy and say, "Be my friend"
Georgia- Wave and say, "Hi, y'all!"
Horses- Stamp your feet and say, "Neighhhhhhh."
Lord Baden-Powell- Bow formally and say, "How d'ya do?"
London- Sing, "London Bridge is Falling Down"
Boy Scouts- Make Scout sign and say "Be prepared."
Girl Scouts- Make Scout sign and say “On My Honor”
Read the story-
Once upon a time there was a little girl named Juliette Low who lived in Georgia
and loved to ride horses. After she grew up she went to London where she met
Lord Baden-Powell who founded the Boy Scouts. She was fascinated by the work
he was doing. She studied with him awhile and decided to found a troop of Girl Scouts for the little girls who liked to ride horses in Georgia. So Juliette Low
said good-bye to the Boy Scouts in London and came home with the ideas that
Lord Baden-Powell gave her. She formed a group of little girls, who liked to ride
horses and be together, into a troop of Girl Scouts. And they loved it so much
that the idea spread and now there are Girl Scout troops all over the world.
Aren't we glad that a little girl named Juliette Low, from Georgia who liked
horses went to London and met Lord Baden-Powell, the founder of the Boy
Scouts, and came to start the wonderful world of Girl Scouts!
ACTIVITY #2 - JULIETTE LOW KIM’S GAME
(reader) Juliette Low was the founder of Girl Scouting. I'd like to tell you a little about her life:
Juliette was born on Oct 31, 1860 - Halloween
(Hold up a pumpkin)
Her uncle took one look at her and said, "She looks like a Daisy" this nickname stuck with her for the rest of her life
(Hold up silk Daisy)
Juliette always loved animals, especially horses.
(Show toy horse)
She also loved to draw and paint pictures - so much, that she created a children's magazine with all of the articles and pictures done by children
(Show crayons, colored pencils or paint brushes)
Juliette married Willie Gordon Low in 1886.
(Hold up wedding ring)
Some of the rice thrown at their wedding became lodged in
Julliette's left ear, causing her to become deaf in this ear
(Show baggie of rice)
Juliette and Willie both loved adventure, so together they decided to move to England
(Hold up sailboat)
Once in England, Juliette met Lord & Lady Baden-Powell. She very much enjoyed what they had done with the Boy Scout movement
(Hold up picture of a boy)
Willie passed away while they lived in England, Juliette returned to Georgia and made the famous phone call which was heard around the United States, "Come on over to my house tonight, we are going to hold the first Girl Scout meeting!" (Hold up telephone)
As with all Girl Scout troops, money was needed to keep the program running, so Juliette sold the pearl necklace Willie had given her for a wedding present. (Show strand of pearls)
Girl Scouting in the USA was born on March 12, 1912 and continues today with over 3 1/2 million members.
(Hold up GS pin)
Now, cover up all the items you have been showing, give girls a short period of time to list all the items.
ACTIVITY #3 – SEWING
Daisy formed the “Helping Hands Club” and although she could not sew,
she decided to be the sewing teacher.
Using tapestry needles and colorful yarn, try a simple sewing activity. An owl or frog sewing kit made out of felt with girls sewing on large button eyes would bring a bit of the Brownie lore into this project.
ACTIVITY #4 – SIDEWALK PET PORTRAITS
Juliette Low always had pets. Find out what kind of pets she had. Find a place in your community that cares for or about pets. Read about pet care, visit a veterinary clinic or learn about pet therapy. Create sidewalk pet portraits, and show the world the great pets that live in your neighborhood. Dogs, cats, hamsters, fish, birds -- whatever the pet, you can create its portrait on the sidewalk, in the playground, on a driveway.
What You'll Need: sidewalk chalk, neighborhood pets (dogs, cats, birds, hamster, spiders on the wall, etc. be creative)
Take out the sidewalk chalk and let your drawings tell the story.
JULIETTE LOW NECKLACE
Make a Juliette Low Necklace. Cut out different colored circles from fun foam, add the decoration listed below, punch a hole in the top of each circle, thread on a piece of yarn or ribbon. You might want to add beads in between the foam circles.
1. Juliette Low's nickname was Daisy. Glue on a daisy.
2. Juliette Low love animals and had a horse name fire. Glue on a horseshoe.
3. Juliette Low's Girl Scouts did non-traditional activities like camping. Glue on
4. Juliette sold her pearls to fund the Girl Scout movement. Cut a piece of
molded pearls and glue it into a necklace shape.
5. Juliette Low was born on Halloween October 31, 1860. Glue on a Halloween
6. Juliette Low died of breast cancer in 1927. Cut off a piece of pink ribbon
representing the breast cancer hope symbol and glue to card.
7. Juliette Low taught her Girl Scouts how to cook over a campfire. Glue on a
8. Juliette Low played Basketball with her troop. Glue on a basketball.
9. Juliette Low taught her troop basic first aid. Peel backing off a band aid and
stick on card.
10. Juliette Low was deaf and did not exclude disabled girls from Girl Scouting.
Glue the middle and ring fingers down to the palm of a hand. This means "I
love you" in sign language. Glue the hand to the card.
OLD TIME CRAFT
Create a craft appropriate to the time of Juliette Low…possibly a craft her troop might have done. You can think of your own or use one of the suggestions below:
embroider a bookmark, make paper dolls, create a tinsel picture, and make a design from clay or aluminum foil that she could have used in her ironwork creations.
OLD TIME POPCORN
Popcorn was and still is a favorite snack! Juliette Low would have popped it either on top of the stove or in the fire. You can make popcorn the way Juliette did on top of the stove. Popping the popcorn on the stove top in a heavy pan with a lid can be a good form of exercise as well.
What you need: 1 cup popcorn kernels and 1/4 oil. Heavy duty pan with a lid Directions: Heat oil in the pan add the cup of popcorn and place the lid on top.
Continually shake the popcorn during the popping process. The popping corn will ping the lid during the process. The popcorn will take approximately 2 to 4 minutes to pop. Once the popping has slowed down, remove from the heat so it doesn't burn.
CLOSING - Juliette Gordon Low Candle Ceremony
Equipment needed: candle for each girl, matches/lighter, water bucket (with water in it)
Narrator: Long ago a special ceremony was formed. Juliette Low wanted her original girls to carry a special spark with them as their Scout group broke up. Some from the troop were moving away, working to help their families or wanted to help a group of girls a little younger than themselves. But whatever their reasons, Juliette knew no other group would ever quite be the same. As the girls stood in a circle holding candles (they had made), Juliette knew what spark it was that she wanted to pass on. She lit her candle and spoke.
Juliette Low: "With this candle I give you each something very special to pass on. As I light the candle on my right I ask each of you to light the candle to your right and pass it on. I want you to carry this thought with you wherever you go. This is the ETERNAL FLAME for Girl Scouts. Each of you after having a lit candle before you will repeat the Girl Scout Promise with me, then pause and recall a few of the things we have done together as a group. I will hold my candle up and as I do so you will all raise yours and we will blow them out together. Before we separate from our circle, I want to ask you to keep this candle as a very special candle. It is not to be used for any purpose but passing on the ETERNAL FLAME. You may use it in other Girl Scout ceremonies such as camps, campfires, bridging or court of awards ceremonies. I'm glad we were able to start a special tradition based on our ETERNAL FLAME."
Girls: recite the Girl Scout promise together and the blow out the candles together. Girls get to keep their candle for any other Girl Scout ceremony.
OPENING: GIRL SCOUT BIRTHDAY CEREMONY
Here’s a ceremony for your girls to read as you light the candles of the GS birthday cake...
G is for the gracious way we all proclaim our birth
I points up the Ideas shared and those we?d like unearthed
R is for Respect we have for every race and creed
L is for our Loyalty to promises we heed
S is for Sincerity of deed and word and mind
C is for the Countless ways in which these are combined
O is Obligation that we owe to fellow man
U means that it's you who must be first to lend a hand
T is for the Teamwork which has evidenced our growth
I is for Integrity which backs the Girl Scout oath
N is for the Noble way we remember days of old
G is for the Grateful thanks for efforts toward our goal
It all began with a spark of light,
And Juliette led the way.
Today her ideas are glowing bright,
It’s Girl Scouts (# of years scouting has been around) Birthday!
ACTIVITY #1 – JULIETTE LOW MAD LIB
Make a list of words that will fit into the verse below. Then read it for a funny twist on Juliette Low’s Birthday.
On March 12, 1912 ______________ started the first _________ Scout
name of person in room noun _________ in her ____________ town of Savannah, Georgia. This first
little _________ of ________ _________ was the first Girl Scout troop
noun number plural noun
This first Girl Scout ________ was so successful that ______________
noun name of person in room
wanted to see __________ troops all over the ____________.
adjective noun She knew that Girl Scouting would help _________ all over _________
plural noun place
become __________ and to help build world _________. Girl Scouting
plural noun noun grew and _____________ until now you are not only a member of
your past tense verb
own ____________ troop, but also a member of the Girl Scouts of
_______________ and the World Association of _________________.
place plural noun
ACTIVITY #2 - THE WRIGHT TROOP CELEBRATES JULIETTE LOW'S BIRTHDAY
(Your girls might enjoy preparing a layette basket for the first baby girl born on Juleitte’s birthday.
In place of passing party favors in the Wright Troop game each girl could bring a wrapped baby gift. These could then be passed around the circle and the girls would open the gift in their lap at the end of the game. The baby items could then be donated)
When the words WRIGHT or RIGHT are read, players are to pass a small gift or swap to the person on their right. When the word LEFT is read, gifts are passed to the left. Pause a moment after each of these words to help cue them into passing. At the end of the story, the players get to keep the gift they have in their hands. Juliette Low's birthday was almost there and Mrs. Wright’s troop was just about
finished decorating. Mrs. WRIGHT, her daughter Susie WRIGHT, and her cousin Sally WRIGHT returned from their last minute shopping. "There is not much LEFT
to be done," said Mr. WRIGHT as he came into the kitchen. "Did you hang the
streamers above the table where I told you to?" asked Mrs. WRIGHT. "I LEFT
them RIGHT where you told me to," said Mr. WRIGHT. "I am glad we got all the
food we needed---I don't have any money LEFT," said Sally WRIGHT. The hall
phone rang and Susie WRIGHT ran to answer it. She came running back into the
kitchen explaining; "Aunt Tillie RIGHT LEFT a cake for us on Grammas Wright’s
back porch. I'll go RIGHT over there and get it," she said as she LEFT the house.
Mr. WRIGHT LEFT the kitchen and brought in the presents they bought. By the
time Susie WRIGHT returned, Mrs. WRIGHT, Mr. WRIGHT and Sally WRIGHT had
begun to set the table. Just then the doorbell rang. Mrs. Wright’s troop had
arrived. Each girl took off her coat and LEFT it RIGHT by the front door.
Jennifer turned to her LEFT to say "Hi" to Karen. Jessica was so busy talking to
Elaine that she bumped RIGHT into Betty. Together they all finished helping Susie
WRIGHT and Sally WRIGHT finish setting up for the party. "That looks RIGHT
nice," they all exclaimed. The WRIGHT troop played games, made crafts, and sang a
RIGHT large number of songs, including Sally Wright’s favorite, "I LEFT My Heart
in San Francisco". They decided to WRITE birthday cards for babies born on
Juliette Low's birthday. Finally it was time for cake. Mrs. WRIGHT LEFT the
room to get the cake while Sally RIGHT got the forks and started passing them out,
starting on her LEFT. The entire troop ate and ate until there was no cake LEFT.
All the members of Mrs. Wright’s troop agreed that this was the best party ever.
They cleaned up all the mess that was LEFT and put everything away in the RIGHT
place. Mr. WRIGHT was very pleased. "Thank you, girls, for all your help. That
was the RIGHT thing to do. No wonder your leader, Mrs. WRIGHT, is always so
proud of you." One by one the girls' parents came for them. One by one they all
said, “Good night, Mrs. WRIGHT. See you next week." Now I hope you have the
RIGHT bag of candy for yourself because that's all that is LEFT of our story---
except to say Happy Birthday Juliette Low!! Isn't that RIGHT???? ACTIVITY #3 –THE GOLDEN EAGLET