BATON ROUGE, La. (WVLA/WGMB) — Girl Scout Day celebrates the founding of the non-profit youth organization for girls in the U.S. and American girls living abroad, Girl Scouts of the United States of America.
Juliette Gordon Low founded the first girl scout troop in 1912, in Savannah, Georgia, according to internal recruiting specialist Mona LaCombe. Girl Scout Day is recognized annually on March 12.
“With programs from coast to coast and across the globe, Girl Scouts offers every girl a chance to practice a lifetime of leadership, adventure and success,” said Girl Scouts Louisiana East CEO Rebecca Pennington.
Fifty million women and 60% of women in Congress are Girl Scout alums, according to Girl Scouts Louisiana East.
One of the biggest events happening throughout the year for the organization is its yearly cookie sales. In 2020, national cookie sales will cease Sunday, March 15.
Representatives from Girl Scouts Louisiana East joined the FOX 44 morning team to share what they plan to do with the money raised through this year’s cookie sales. Both Terryn, a 1st grader and Daisy, as well as Emma-Leigh, a 3rd grader and Brownie, were featured on FOX 44 on Girl Scout Day.
When asked what plans the girls have to do with the money raised, Emma-Leigh said she wants to “swim with dolphins,” while Terryn said she wants “to go camping.”
In order to help the public find a location where Girl Scouts are selling their cookies, the organization developed the Girl Scout Cookie Finder app. Booths will be set up from 5-7 p.m. on Friday night and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Locations may also be accessed at www.girlscoutcookies.org.