Girl Scout Days and Traditions
Traditions give Girl Scouts a sense of history—and inspire them to be the best they can be.
Sharing traditions with millions of Girl Scouts—and the huge network of Girl Scout alumnae who came before them—helps remind girls they belong to a big, powerful sisterhood.
Learn more about Girl Scout Traditions.
Every February 22 on World Thinking Day, Girl Scouts participate in activities and projects with global themes to honor their sister Girl Guides and Girl Scouts in other countries. Thinking Day not only gives girls a chance to celebrate international friendships, but also unites them to focus on one issue, or theme, to make the world a better place.
Girl Scouting was founded on March 12, 1912 by Juliette Gordon Low in Savannah, GA. Juliette gathered 18 girls from her cousin’s school and broke the conventions of the time—reaching across class, cultural, and ethnic boundaries to ensure all girls, including those with so-called disabilities, had a place to grow and develop their leadership skills.
Girl Scout Week, the week in which Girl Scouts' birthday falls, is a time when we shout our Girl Scout pride from the rooftops! It’s also a time when many troops celebrate the connections between Girl Scouting and their faith, learn more about other faiths, and thank faith partners for their support throughout the year. Girls can join in the festivities on three specially designated dates (or a day of your choosing):
Whether they participate in a worship service, plan an activity before or after the service, or organize a service project, your girls can honor those meaningful connections in lots of ways! Check out these resources to help you plan, promote, and carry out your event with your faith partner.
Tips for Planning a Memorable Event
Here are some tips for planning your event.
Learn more about Girl Scouts and faith.
This April, we want girls to celebrate their Girl Scout volunteers by showering them with gratitude and appreciation. Check out great resources from GSUSA, including a digital group thank-you option and new printable thank-you cards for older and younger girls.
And to all of our volunteers, you bring the power of Girl Scouting into girls’ lives and are the source of the Girl Scout experience. Thank you for your time, your work, and your unwavering commitment to creating girls of courage, confidence, and character. By teaching her to make the world a better place, you’re doing it, too. Happy Volunteer Appreciation Month. You’re amazing!
Girl Scout Leader's Day, April 22, honors all the volunteers who work as leaders and mentors in partnership with girls. Girls, their families, and communities should find a special way to thank their adult Girl Scout volunteers.
You make the world a better place each and every time you act with kindness, serve your community, and share Girl Scouts with others. To you, it’s just living the Girl Scout Promise and Law, but your impact on the world around you is much, much bigger than that.
That’s why Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania is celebrating all it means to be a Girl Scout during our month-long Girl Scout Spirit Celebration throughout September—because we’re celebrating you!
Girl Scouts in our council who submit their 2022 Girl Scout Spirit activity card can win patches and prizes! When you complete six activities that are in a row (horizontally or vertically only), submit your card to enter. The first 100 submissions will receive a patch. Complete every activity for a cover-all! All cover-all cards will be entered for the chance to win a prize pack from council shops.
Templates and resources:
Mark your calendars—Girl Scouts Service Day, September 24!
As part of our month-long Girl Scout Spirit Celebration in September, Saturday, September 24 will be Girl Scout Service Day! Girl Scouts of all ages can make an impact in a big way by coming together as a council to benefit our local communities across western Pennsylvania.
Wear your can-do attitude and your vest, sash, or tunic as you join our council on our 5th annual Girl Scout Service Day. How do you participate? That's up to you! Take part in the community service project or activity of your choice! Let us know you’ll be there and pledge your participation today!
Have photos to share of your Service Day project? Submit them through our Girl Scout Memory Book.
To help you stay organized, we've created this printable calendar with important Girl Scout dates, as well as national holidays and observances.