Since March 12, 1912, Savannah has been synonymous with Girl Scouting. On that day, Juliette Gordon Low held the first Girl Scout troop meeting at her home in historic downtown Savannah. Since then, millions of girls have joined the Girl Scouts to learn the ideals of leadership, character and patriotism while enjoying a program of work, play and companionship.
Today, Juliette Gordon Low’s home preserves the history of early Scouting and offers many unique programs to troops from all over the world to share and learn about the organization’s history. Kelly Tours works closely with troop leaders to customize their trip to Savannah. Transportation from your home town, first class accommodations, meals, entertainment and a variety of attractions and tours are available.
Below is a sample itinerary for a 4 day trip to Savannah starting at $529. Price is based on quad occupancy, a minimum of 35 passengers, and a pick-up and drop-off location within a 400 mile radius of Savannah, Georgia. All itineraries can be customized.
REMEMBER: Troops must reserve their tour dates with the Juliette Low Girl Scout National Center by calling (912) 233-4501.
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Choose from the following attractions to customize your student trip to Savannah
Meet some of Savannah’s true characters – from Nathanael Greene to Paula Queen. We love to share the secret little bits about our city. School students enjoy a puppetry appreciation class, interactive and educational, with great photo opprtunities and an I Spy With My Eye game in the puppet room. Students learn how the puppets are made to blow bubbles, blow up balloons and squirt, followed by a fun puppet show.. Puppet People have been featured on CBS Early Show, NBC Today Show and Comedy...
For much of the 19th century, masonry fortifications were the United States’ main defense against overseas enemies. However, during the Civil War, new technology proved its superiority to these forts. The Union army used rifled cannon and compelled the Confederate garrison inside Fort Pulaski to surrender. The siege was a landmark experiment in the history of military science and invention. Don't miss the park rangers and volunteers presenting three daily musket firing programs and Cannon...
Climb the ramparts and it is easy to see why this site was chosen in 1808 to build a brick fort to protect Savannah. Named after James Jackson, one-time governor of Georgia, Old Fort Jackson is a beautifully preserved fort along the Savannah River, and is Georgia's oldest standing brick fortification. Old Fort Jackson is a must-see National Historic Landmark with weekend cannon firings, and daily interactive programs scheduled March through October. Minutes away from Savannah's Historic...
If you enjoy animal sanctuaries, this is a must. The area is beautiful, the animals are well taken care of there's over forty innovative, hands-on opportunities that are age and grade specific and often feature live animals. Each year more than 20,000 students take part in our award winning...
No kayaking experience required. Our experienced kayaking guides lead you through one of the most beautiful locations in Savannah. Eagles and Ospreys soar in the sky above while we paddle through the marshes and rivers of this low country estuary. You never know when a dolphin or otter will swim...
Sightings of Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphins (98% success rate). Interactive discussion of dolphins and their habits. Dolphin cruises are an excellent way to travel through beautiful areas never seen by land, including the vast marshlands, pristine beaches, rivers and creeks filled with marine life and shore...
The Tybee Island Marine Science Center is a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote the appreciation, conservation, and understanding of the marine ecosystem of coastal Georgia through education and service. The Center's exhibits feature many programs including a Dock Lab, Squid Dissection, a live animal collection and a touch pool, and a variety of live animals from coastal Georgia including fish, reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates. The Center also provides information on...
Explore the ecosystems of the local rivers, marshes and barrier islands. See what is in our trawl net and more on this floating classroom. Discover the magic of Georgia's tidal creeks, salt marshes and wild islands on a cruise to remember. Savannah's marshlands and waterways provide the spectacular backdrop for an incredible eco-tour through a natural conservation area unlike any other. Climb aboard a comfortable cruising vessel and get ready to learn about the marshland and unique tidal river...
Explore interactive and new media art. The exhibit introduces works using various types of video and computer processing. The perfect way to introduce your students to the museum setting while providing a fun and educational outlet for exploring and creating new types of art in a visual and hands-on approach to learning new media. Progressive and interesting, ignite your student's imagination and creativity, while reinforcing the necessary foundational skills for artistic development....
For something fund and educational let students learn about the harbor's past and present while taking a relaxing Savannah River cruise! Allow students to get the feel of the river just as our forefathers did decades ago. Both students and teachers will enjoy our captain’s narration as he points out areas of interest along the historic Savannah River. All of our educational tours meet the Georgia Core Curriculum Guidelines for Georgia History and Savannah History....
Savannah Evening Activities
Choose from the following evening activities to customize your student trip to Savannah.
War, hurricanes, fires, yellow fever, voodooists, sailors and pirates, Savannah’s history makes a fitting backdrop for spooky tales! Tours are fun and friendly to students of all ages. A walking ghost tour is an excellent way to end your evening in Savannah and wear off some of the...
There is something fun for everyone at Fun Zone Amusement & Sports Park in Pooler, where we're always ready to play! With go-kart tracks, miniature golf, competitive paint ball and one of the biggest arcades in the area, Fun Zone offers something for children, teens and adults alike....
Enjoy a theatrical production in the nation's oldest continually running theatre opened on December 4th, 1818. The original structure was designed by renowned architect William Jay who also designed the Telfair Mansion. Today the Savannah Theatre has been restored as a wonderful example...
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About Juliette Gordon Low
Juliette Gordon Low, founder of Girl Scouts of the USA, was born Juliette Magill Kinzie Gordon on October 31, 1860, in Savannah, Georgia.
“Daisy,” as she was affectionately called by family and friends, was the second of six children of William Washington Gordon and Eleanor Kinzie Gordon. Family members on her father’s side were early settlers in Georgia, and her mother’s family played an important role in the founding of Chicago, Illinois.
A sensitive and talented youngster, Daisy Gordon spent a happy childhood in her large Savannah home, which was purchased and restored by Girl Scouts of the USA in 1953. Now known as the Juliette Gordon Low Girl Scout National Center, or often referred to as the Birthplace, the handsome English Regency house was designated a registered National Historic Landmark in 1965.
Young Daisy Gordon developed what was to become a lifetime interest in the arts. She wrote poems; sketched, wrote and acted in plays; and later became a skilled painter and sculptor. She had many pets throughout her life and was particularly fond of exotic birds, Georgia mockingbirds, and dogs. Daisy was also known for her great sense of humor.
Daisy Gordon, age 10.In her teens, Daisy attended boarding school at Virginia Female Institute (now Stuart Hall School) in Staunton, Va., and later attended Mesdemoiselles Charbonniers, a French finishing school in New York City. Following her school years, Juliette Gordon traveled extensively in the United States and Europe.
On December 21, 1886, her parents’ 29th wedding anniversary, Juliette married William Mackay Low, a wealthy Englishman, at Christ Church in Savannah, Georgia. Although the couple moved to England, Juliette continued her travels and divided her time between the British Isles and America. Before her marriage, Juliette had suffered from chronic ear infections. She had lost most of her hearing in one ear because of improper treatment. At her wedding, when she was 26, she lost hearing in her other ear after a grain of good-luck rice thrown at the event lodged in her ear, puncturing the eardrum and resulting in an infection and total loss of hearing in that ear.
During the Spanish-American War, Juliette came back to America to aid in the war effort. She helped her mother organize a convalescent hospital for wounded soldiers returning from Cuba. Her father, who had been a captain in the Confederate army, was commissioned as a general in the U.S. Army and served on the Puerto Rican Peace Commission. At the end of the war, Juliette returned to England and to a disintegrating marriage. The Lows were separated at the time of her husband’s death in 1905.
Girl Scout Life
Less than a year later, she returned to the United States and made her historic telephone call to a friend (a distant cousin), saying, “I’ve got something for the girls of Savannah, and all of America, and all the world, and we’re going to start it tonight!” On March 12, 1912, Juliette Low gathered 18 girls to register the first troop of American Girl Guides. Margaret “Daisy Doots” Gordon, her niece and namesake, was the first registered member. The name of the organization was changed to Girl Scouts the following year.
In developing the Girl Scout movement in the United States, Juliette brought girls of all backgrounds into the out-of-doors, giving them the opportunity to develop self-reliance and resourcefulness. She encouraged girls to prepare not only for traditional homemaking, but also for possible future roles as professional women—in the arts, sciences and business—and for active citizenship outside the home. Girl Scouting welcomed girls with disabilities at a time when they were excluded from many other activities. This idea seemed quite natural to Juliette, who never let deafness, back problems or cancer keep her from full participation in life.
From the original 18 girls, Girl Scouting has grown to 3.7 million members. Girl Scouts is the largest educational organization for girls in the world and has influenced the more than 50 million girls, women and men who have belonged to it.
Juliette Gordon Low accumulated admirers and friends of all ages, nationalities and walks of life. By maintaining contact with overseas Girl Guides and Girl Scouts during World War I, she helped lay the foundation for the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts. After her death from breast cancer in 1927, her friends honored her by establishing the Juliette Low World Friendship Fund, which finances international projects for Girl Scouts and Girl Guides around the world. Juliette Gordon Low died at her Savannah, Georgia, home on Lafayette Square January 17, 1927. She is buried at Laurel Grove Cemetery in Savannah.
- Dick Platt, Juliette Gordon Low’s great nephew, with Olivia Graham of the GSUSA National Board of Directors, at the Juliette Gordon Low commemorative medallion, part of the Extra Mile—Points of Light Volunteer Pathway in Washington, D.C.
- On July 3, 1948, President Harry S. Truman signed a bill authorizing a stamp in honor of Juliette Gordon Low. The stamp was one of the few dedicated to women.
- During World War II, she had a “Liberty Ship” named in her honor.
- In 1954, in Georgia, the city of Savannah honored her by naming a school for her. A Juliette Low School also exists in Anaheim, California.v
- On October 28, 1979, Juliette Low was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame in Seneca Falls, New York.
- On December 2, 1983, President Ronald Reagan signed a bill naming a new federal building in Savannah in honor of Juliette Low. It was the second federal building in history to be named after a woman.
- In 1992, a Georgia non-profit honored Juliette Low as one of the first Georgia Women of Achievement. A bust of Juliette Low is displayed in the State Capitol. In 2000, The Deaf World in Wax, a traveling exhibit, featured her as a famous deaf American.
- On October 14, 2005, Juliette Low’s life work was immortalized in a commemorative, bronze-and-granite medallion as part of a new national monument in Washington, D.C. The Extra Mile Points of Light Volunteer Pathway pays tribute to great Americans who built their dreams into movements that have created enduring change in America. The monument’s medallions, laid into sidewalks adjacent to the White House, form a one-mile walking path.