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Published August 11, 1954


In August of 1954 local Girl Scout leaders received a 12-page pamphlet ordering for certain changes in their handbook. The nervousness surrounding foreign affairs was evident and was attempting to find it’s way into a 40 year old organization of young girls and women. The changes ordered for less world driven language and focused on more community involvement. The Girl Scout Handbook was built upon the ideas of Juliette Gordon Low who returned from England and promoted the ideas of acceptance and love for all of mankind regardless of “nation, creed or race”. The Girl Scouts of America were condemned for promoting the anti-American qualities in their Handbook and eventually succumbed to the pressure and agreed to the changes.

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