2012: The Girl Scouts of America turns 100

March 12, 2012 marks the 100th anniversary of the first organized meeting of the Girl Scouts, hosted in Georgia by founder Juliette Gordon Low.  Several years later, as First Lady, Eleanor Roosevelt served as Honorary President of that organization throughout her tenure in the White House.

Eleanor Roosevelt pictured with Girl Scouts in Kentucky. 1934.

Eleanor Roosevelt pictured with Girl Scouts in Kentucky. July 7, 1934.

In the 1930s and 40s individual Scouts sent letters, scrapbooks and gifts to both the President and Mrs. Roosevelt.  Below is one such letter to ER from Scout Julie Ann Dorr, then age 11, sent in August of 1941. She wrote to the First Lady: “I thought you would be interested in hearing Camp Osito news, including word about the horses they have up there.”

Letter from and 11-year-old Girl Scout, August 1941

Page 1 of a letter from an 11-year-old Girl Scout, August 1941.

Click here to Read the entire letter along with Mrs. Roosevelt’s August 21 My Day column that inspired Dorr to write.