Vintage Girl Scout Online Museum
Newspaper articles about Girl Scouting was the way most people learned about Girl Scouting. The first notice of "Girl Scout Week" in newspapers was in 1919. It's purpose was to raise funds and membership. Through the years the focus changed to meet the needs of changing world and changing girls.
William G. McAdoo, ex-Secretary of the US Treasury was quote as saying " Now that woman has the vote it is increasing important that women have the best of training. The Girl Scouts need money, that the work of providing the best training for our future mothers and citizens be pushed forward. I urge the men of the United States to support the Girl Scouts."
In 1920 different Girl Scout communities held their "Girl Scout Week" at different times. Above the city of Hanover held theirs in March, below Ada held theirs in Novemeber.
Hanover lists the purporse of each day of the Girl Scout Week as well as giving the plot to the Girl Scout movie "The Golden Eagle (sic)."
By 1920 the Girl Scout Week was a well-oiled machine, starting on Monday, November 1st. The Girl Scouts were trying to raise $1,033,400 dollars "to take care of the thousands of girls whoe must now be turned away every month. The campaign is to be a Dollar Membership Campaign, and everybody who believes in training girls in homemaking, citizenship and health -building is asked to become an associate member."
The Girl Scout pageant was presented in 1920 and depicted a Girl Scout Week;
Monday - wash day
Tuesday - cook day
Wednesday - sew day
Thursday - community service day
Friday - camp and hiking day
Saturday - babysitting day
Sunday - church day
By 1922 the public relations office of the Girl Scouts was churning out ready to print photos of patriotic Girl Scouts doing Girl Scout things ready for any newspaper to pick up. The public relations work continued for years to come.
This 1930 article notes that there's some lee-way in the planning of the Girl Scout Week.
War time service was the call in 1943.
America was still at war during Girl Scout Week in 1945.
1934 Girl Scout Week
Sunday - Reverence
Monday - Homemaking
Tuesday - Handicraft
Wednesday - Thrift
Thursday - Hostess
Friday - Community Service
Saturday - Health
A 1950 Girl Scout Week
Sunday: Girl Scout Sunday
Monday: Homemaking Day
Tuesday: Citizenship Day
Wednesday: Home and Safety Day
Thursday: International Friendship Day
Friday: Arts and Crafts Day
Saturday: Out-of-Doors Day
1960 Girl Scout Week
Sunday - Girl Scout Sunday
Monday - Homemaking Day
Tuesday - Citizenship Day
Wednesday - Health and Safety Day
Thursday - International Friendship Day
Friday - Arts & Crafts Day
Saturday - Out-of-Door Day
Girl Scout Week Official Themes
1943 - Special Community Service
1945 - Citizenship in Action Around the World
1949 - Come Along With Us
1952 - Get Out the Vote
1954 - Know your neighbors - know your nation
1955 - Believe, Belong, Build
1957 - It's a Family Affair
1959 - You Can Count on Her to be Creative
1960 - You Can Count on Her to be Prepared
1963 - Girl Scouting Serves the Future
1965 - Girl Scouting - A Promise in Action
1966 - renewal of a Promise to Service
1967 - Values to hold - Worlds to explore
1970 - Awareness - Action
1971 - To Know, To Care, To Be Involved
1979 - Find The Gift In Every Child