The first Girl Scout handbook, How Girls Can Help Their Country, was written by Professor Walter J. Hoxie, a resident of Pinellas County
Just one year after Girl Scouts was founded in 1912, the second troop in the nation found its roots right here in Tampa at Hyde Park United Methodist Church (lucky us!). It all started when Juliette reached out to her close friend, Jessamine Flowers Link, who, too, was a fearless blazer of trails. Jessamine eagerly took the reins and led Tampa’s first troop of nine girls to earn badges, go camping, and help others—just as Girl Scouts do today!
The rest, as they say, is history.
Today, we proudly serve nearly 21,000 girls and nearly 8,500 adult members in Citrus, Hernando, Hillsborough, Marion, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk and Sumter counties.
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Did you Know?
During the influenza epidemic of World War I, Girl Scouts donned trousers (gasp!) to help Western Union deliver messages on Tampa’s streets.
The first Tampa Girl Scout council took up headquarters in the old Tampa Bay Casino
We’ve been helping girls discover their sparkle and potential for more than 100 years. Join us today!