Since 1915 the official name of the incorporated organization originally termed Girl Guides; it was founded in America in 1912 by Mrs Juliette Low of Savannah, Georgia, and was based on the English group "Girl Guides," which, in turn was based on the idea of the Boy Scouts, and has been developed by the originator of the Boy Scout movement, Sir Robert Baden-Powell, and his wife.
The purpose of the Girl Scouts is to develop character, mental and physical health, and patriotism, largely by means of play and group activities under trained leaders.
It is a nonsectarian organization whose philosophy and principles in no way contradict the teachings of the Catholic Church.
The most recent official statistics show that 10 per cent of the troops are organized in parochial schools and that 12 per cent are held in buildings connected with Catholic churches, and there are also many Catholic children in the nonsectarian troops.
There are 156 colleges and universities (and of these 25 are Catholic colleges) where Girl Scout training courses are now in existence, and 1740 Catholic young women have received this training during the last five years.
The official publication of the organization is a monthly magazine, "The American Girl."
Mrs Nicholas F Brady, the treasurer of the National Council and one of the chief patronesses of the organization, is also the chairman of the Girl Scout Bureau of the International Federation of Catholic Alumnae.
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