Magazine covers throughout their 101-year history have celebrated the Girl Scouts’ founding values of patriotism and compassion–proving there’s more to them than just cookies.
By this time of year if you’re lucky, you’ve run into a Girl Scout or two peddling Thin Mints, Samoas and other sweet favorites. That cookie sale phenomenon began innocently enough as homemade baked goods were sold to fund troop activities. And it’s been around almost as long as the Girl Scouts organization.
Founded on March 12, 1912 in Savannah, Ga., the non-profit organization for girls celebrates its 101st anniversary today. Girl Scouts from all over the country make their trek to this Southern city to walk in the footsteps of founder Juliette Gordon Low at her birthplace and the First Headquarters, the early meeting place.
Contained in the First Headquarters is a wealth of memorabilia about the Girl Scouts, with some focus on its presence in Savannah. Particularly in the early years after its founding, magazine covers featured Girl Scouts and the values the organization imparts.
In honor of the Girl Scouts’ century-plus-long service–and those delicious cookies–here are the five best magazine covers that celebrate this worthy organization:
The Literary Digest, Oct. 22, 1921: One of the cornerstones of the Girl Scouting organization is the devotion to country. Before nearly every gathering or event, a flag raising ceremony is held, with the Girl Scout Promise and Law often being recited as well. So it’s no wonder this cover celebrates patriotism, particularly during post-World War I America.
The Saturday Evening Post, Oct. 25, 1924: Among the more well-known activities of Girl Scouts (but maybe not more than the cookies) is the skills developed while earning badges. As much as some of those have changed (now there’s a CyberGirl Scout badge), some like First Aid and Pet Care–appropriate for this cover–haven’t.
Life magazine, Nov. 8, 1924: Better known for his work for the Boy Scouts, American painter and illustrator Norman Rockwell devoted this cover to the Girl Scouts. (Perhaps even he couldn’t resist the cookies.) Rockwell’s work usually covered The Saturday Evening Post and the Boy Scouts’ Boys Life magazine.
Pictorial Review, September 1929: A visual companion to the story inside about youth and adventure, this adorable cover once again highlights the bond between Girl Scouts and their friendly and considerate ways towards animals and others that are illuminated in the Girl Scout Law.
Life magazine, June 18, 1945: In the waning months of World War II, the Girl Scouts appeared on this publication’s cover again. But this time, two young girls in uniform visited the U.S. Congress in the nation’s capital, no doubt again a tribute to the organization’s deep roots in patriotism, honesty and fairness.