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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.

Find more Girl Scout memorabilia prices in the FREE online price guide at Kovels.com and in Kovels on Antiques and Collectibles Price Guide 2012, available online and at your local bookstore.

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#3 Girl scout pin brought memoriesTerry Kovel 2012-03-19 16:16
We have noticed there is more interest in Girl Scout memorabilia in recent years. Boy Scout collectibles have been in the Kovels price books for years and the British scouting items sell for very high prices It must be a sign of the the times that more women are collecting things related to women and many of us were either Girl Scouts or Campfire Girls.If you find an old pin,book,badge, or uniform you don't want you could sell it online or donate it to a local Scouting group that has a place to display it or offer it to a local historical society. And don't ignore the cookie boxes.
#2 Girl ScoutsStoutcat 2012-03-15 10:33
Last summer I picked up a very old pocket knife at an estate sale that I thought was a Boy Scout knife. When I got it home, I realized it had the GSA insignia on it. Not only that, but someone had scratched her initials onto the side. I love that!
#1 Girl Scoutselliotjc 2012-03-14 18:03
Our local newspaper, The Johnson County Daily Journal, had a salute to the 100th anniversary of the Girl Scouts. In it they quoted The Girl Scout Promise. It didn't look familiar. After thinking about it I realized that it was different when we were Girl Scouts, in 1940. I dug out my old Girl Scout Handbook to look it up. Sure enough, it is quite different. Also tucked inside the book was a card, A Tribute by Dr. James E. Russell, to Juliette Low. These were handed out at the Stix, Baer & Fuller department store in the Trefoil House, Third Floor. That's where they sold Girl Scout uniforms, badges, and pins.

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