Girl Scout Heritage

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In 1912, Juliette Gordon Low brought Girl Scouting to the United States. The first Girl Scout troop in California was established in 1917 in Palo Alto. Girl Scouts of Northern California was incorporated in 2007, comprising five former councils, and is the home of GSNorCal's Heritage Committee.

The Heritage Committee's mission is to collect, conserve, and catalogue items related to Girl Scout History. The committee is responsible for creating many of the wonderful displays of Girl Scout artifacts at our local offices and properties.  They also maintain a lending library of uniforms and equipment that is available for public displays, fashion shows, and for girls and youth to experience. The committee is always looking for donations of clothing and Girl Scout memorabilia, particularly from the years 1912 to 1940 or items related to how Girl Scouts have adapted to challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Uniform Rental

Uniforms are available for a nominal rental fee and a refundable loss/damage deposit is required. Call or email for further information. Please reserve uniforms at least 2-3 weeks in advance. 

Historical Girl Scout Uniform Lending Collections 
Uniform Type Location Name Contact Information
US Chico Karen Johnson or
Margaret Wilson
flickr2002@yahoo.com or
gs.margaret@gmail.com  
US & International Lafayette Ann Watrous  annwatrous@att.net
International Novato      
US Oakland Lynne Armstrong  armlynne@yahoo.com
US & International Redwood City  Debbie Brusco  fireflydeb@yahoo.com or
(650) 364-5491 
US Camp Uniforms San Francisco  Carol Horaitis cj-horaitis@rocketmail.com
US & International San Jose  Theresa Cearley cearleytheresa@gmail.com
US San Rafael Cheryl Brown  cherylholtbrown@gmail.com

 

Camp Bothin Heritage Museum

A substantial collection of Girl Scout memorabilia, photographs, historic uniforms, and artifacts is housed at our Camp Bothin property. 

Tours/visits to the Camp Bothin Heritage Museum must be scheduled in advance. If you are reserving Camp Bothin for an event, please feel free to schedule a museum visit while your group is on site. For more information about the Camp Bothin Heritage Museum or to schedule a visit, please email info@gsnorcal.org.

Heritage Collection at the Alameda & San Jose Offices

This collection include uniforms, pins, badges, and memorabilia documenting local and national Girl Scout history. San Jose houses a scale replica of the home of Girl Scout's founder, Juliette Gordon Low. The 24-square-foot, nine-bedroom dollhouse features working electric lights, parlors, trunk rooms, and working doors and windows. It replicates the English Regency style of architecture that was fashionable at the time of its construction (1818-1821). The interior reflects a renovation that occurred in 1886 when Juliette Low was growing up.

The collection is located adjacent to the retail stores and may be visited during store hours.

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For Questions, contact Ann Watrous at annwatrous@att.net or Nancy Corbin at njcorbin@att.net for more information about the Heritage Committee.

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