Girl Scouts and WWII
This Intermediate Girl Scout uniform (ages 10-14) is the style worn from 1939-1948. Due to wartime shortages, a button down front replaced the metal zipper of previous years. The many badges earned by this scout include First Aid, Hostess, Handywoman and Child Care. During WWII Girl Scouts sold war bonds, participated in scrap and clothing drives and tended Victory Gardens. Because of rationing of essential ingredients, Girl Scouts sold patriotic calendars instead of Girl Scout cookies. The Liberty ship USS Juliette Low, named after the founder of the Girl Scouts, was launched on May 12, 1944.
The Girl Scouts celebrate their 100th anniversary in March 2012.
Gift of Betty Oseid Carey 2008.141