Kovels.com Item of the Week March 12, 2012: Girl Scout Pin

Girl Scout Pin 1950sHappy 100th Birthday to the Girl Scouts of America!

On March 12, 1912, Juliet Gordon Lowe (1860–1927) organized the first troop of Girl Scouts in Savannah, Georgia, two years after the Boy Scouts were founded. There were 18 girls in the troop. She wanted to help girls become more self-reliant, aware of community service, and physically fit. So Girl Scouts hiked, went on camping trips, played sports, and studied first aid. The iconic Girl Scout cookies were first sold in 1917 to raise money for local troops. At the time of Juliet Lowe’s death, there were 167,000 members. Today, over 3 million girls and adult volunteers in more than 90 countries are involved in girl scouting. Celebrations marking the anniversary are taking place all over the world.

Collectors search for anything pertaining to the Girl Scouts, including uniforms, publications, awards, jewelry, and even old cookie boxes. Save the boxes and other Girl Scout memorabilia for a young scout’s collection.

This 1 3/4-inch plastic Girl Scout pin is from the 1950s and sells for about $50.

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