A Girl Scout Daisy troop made sure the first baby girl born in Garden City on Wednesday, March 12 – the Girl Scouts’ birthday – received a special welcome.
Troop 10605 from the Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland took a trip Tuesday to the birthing center at St. Catherine Hospital in Garden City, where they dropped off a pink baby onesie that says “Future Girl Scout,” along with a special note for her mother.
“Congratulations on the birth of your daughter!” the note read. “March 12, 2014, is the Girl Scouts’ 102nd birthday. Daisy Girl Scout Troop 10605 is celebrating by welcoming your baby girl into the world and hoping one day she will carry on the Girl Scout tradition!”
“What can a girl do? A girl can change the world!”
Shawna Deal, a spokeswoman at St. Catherine Hospital, confirmed a baby girl born at 11:59 a.m. March 12 received the special gift. The baby girl delivered at the hospital on the Girl Scouts’ birthday weighed 7 pounds and 10.9 ounces, and measured 20.5 inches in length, Deal said.
“We went in and all of the employees thought they were the cutest and loved the idea,” Garden City resident Jackie Stoy, a leader of Troop 10605, said of the Girl Scouts. “After we delivered the gift, the nurses gave the girls all a little knit hat for their baby dolls and a heart sticker. They loved it!”
Troop 10605’s gift to the newborn was a unique way to be of service for the Girl Scouts’ birthday and during Girl Scout Week.
On March 12, 1912, Juliette Gordon Low gathered 18 girls to register the first troop in Savannah, Ga., where her niece and namesake Margaret “Daisy Doots” Gordon was the first registered member. Since then, Girl Scouting has grown to 3.5 million members in hundreds of countries around the world. It is the largest educational organization for girls in the world, instilling courage, confidence and character in its members.