“Getting right down and smelling the fresh soil is good for anyone.”

“Whatever you take up, do it with all your might.”

“Every time you show your courage, it grows.”

Where do these sayings come from? The mind of one spectacular woman — Juliette Gordon Low, founder of the Girl Scouts of America! At a time when girls were supposed to be prim and proper, avoiding rough sports and the outdoors, Juliette (or “Daisy,” as her friends and family called her) was a wealthy and adventurous world traveler. She wanted other girls, rich and poor, to share her experiences and exercise their wits and gumption, so she created the Girl Scouts.

The first Girl Scouts learned about camping under the stars, how to stop a runaway horse, and they earned badges in cycling, swimming, and studying the natural world. Girl Scouts today still do many of the same things.

Do you have a Girl Scout troop in your town or school? Find out more about their history by reading Here Come the Girl ScoutsI