Girl Scout Honorary President

Girl Scouts of America was established on March 12, 1912 by Juliette Gordon Low. From Juliette Gordon Low’s first group of 18 girls from Savannah, Georgia, Girl Scouts of America has grown to over 3.2 million girls and adults. There are more than 59 million women in the U.S. today who are Girl Scout alumnae.

Mrs. Wilson honored at Girl Scout event

Edith Bolling Wilson was the first Honorary President of Girl Scouts in 1917. The tradition of the First Lady of the United States serving as Honorary President of Girl Scouts continues today.
A Thanks Badge, a specially designed jeweled pin, was presented to First Lady Mrs. Wilson by the Girl Scout National Board at a ceremony at the White House by the Founder, Juliette Low. The Thanks Badge was in recognition of Mrs. Wilson’s thoughtfulness and encouragement to Girl Scouts that promoted the success of the Girl Scout organization.

Mrs. Wilson gifted the historic memento to the Juliette Low Birthplace in 1958. It is a cherished possession of the Juliette Low Birthplace uniting the Girl Scout Founder and the National First Honorary President. The Thanks Badge jeweled pin in on display at the The Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace located in Savannah, Georgia.


Juliette Gordon-Low - Girl Scout Founder picture

Juliette Gordon-Low, Girl Scout Founder


The Edith Bolling Wilson Birthplace Museum established the first Edith Bolling Wilson Patch Day – March 9, 2013 at the birthplace Museum of First Lady Mrs. Wilson in Wytheville, Virginia. For more information on how Girl Scouts can earn the Edith Bolling Wilson Patch, please call 276-223-3484.


Thanks Badge presented to Mrs. Wilson from Girl Scout Founder, Juliette Gordon-Low


The following is an example of an Edith Bolling Wilson Patch Day event that was held in 2013.

Edith-Bolling-Wilson-Patch-Day-2013 (PDF format)

If you would like more information about the next Edith Bolling Wilson Patch Day, please contact the Museum Office by writing

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