Juliette Low Seminars

JLS 2008 In 1932, the first Juliette Low Seminar (JLS) was offered as an opportunity for young women to develop international leadership, friendship and understanding. WAGGGS has continued this tradition with at least two Juliette Low Seminars being offered in each triennium. The Seminars are mainly held at the four World centres, in rotation. Each Seminar has a different theme or focus, though always focusing on international knowledge and leadership. Seminars are partly financed by a grant from the GSUSA Juliette Low World Friendship Fund, by WAGGGS and by MOs.

The benefit of the JLS is apparent, with girls and young women growing into adult leaders in Guiding and Scouting as well as in their own communities and in the work place. A gathering at the 33rd world conference showed that many former JLS participants have been involved in their national organizations or internationally after their participation.

After the Juliette Low Seminar 2009 in Kenya, each of the 65 participants committed to draft a report outlining the highlights of their experience. Each report also sets out an action plan of how they will take what they have learned back to their home communities and make a difference locally. These reports will eventually contribute to a larger report to be presented to the United Nations (UN) outlining what global action WAGGGS has taken towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

For example, Veerle Haverlaas, the participant from Belgium, will be encouraging Girl Scouts and Cubs to ‘think further than my village’ in a project about diversity, cultural differences and partnerships. Anne Ho Sin Ting is setting up a project where Girl Guides will recycle their household waste to promote recycling in Hong Kong and less waste going into landfill sites. Meanwhile, Shanel Susser of Canada hopes to start a Girl Guide unit in a low socioeconomic area and fundraise for uniform supplies. 

Read the daily updates from previous seminars:

New Juliette Low Seminar alumni network

Juliette Low Seminar, 1977, Sangam

The new JLS Alumnae Network wants to bring stories, experiences and knowledge together. If you attended a Juliette Low Seminar, we would like to hear from you!

We want participants to share experiences and reconnect with friends but also to give the future JLS participants something to belong to after their experience



Be part of a network of dedicated, well-connected leaders! Please check the special JLS section. You will find more information about the plan for the Alumni network in the JLS Alumni Concept Note. If you are interested, please fill out the Questionnaire and return it to development@wagggs.org. We are looking forward to receiving your stories and photos!

About Juliette Gordon Low

Juliette Low Seminar 2009The Scouting Movement owes its success to many historical figures, one of the foremost of which is Juliette Gordon Low. Her vision and dedication has enabled thousands of girls to develop their fullest potential and be active global citizens.

Juliette Magill Kinzie Gordon was born in Savannah, Georgia, USA, Oct. 31, 1860.

Juliette was called "Daisy" from the beginning. Growing up she was educated in all the finest boarding schools and exhibited aptitude in sculpting and an interest in animals. When she was about 25 years old, Juliette had an ear infection which was treated with silver nitrate. This damaged her ear and caused her to lose a great deal of her hearing in that ear.

In 1886, Daisy married William Mackay "Willy" Low, a British heir. For most of their nineteen years of marriage the Lows resided in Willy’s native Great Britain. They were in the process of divorce when William Mackay Low died suddenly in 1905. She spent the next several years globetrotting through Europe and India.

While attending a luncheon in England in 1911, she met Lord Robert Baden-Powell, founder of the British Boy Scouts, through whom she became keenly interested in the Scouting Movement. During that year she organized a troop of Girl Guides among poor girls at her estate at Glenlyon, Scotland, and then founded two more troops in London.

Then on March 12, 1912, Daisy established the first troop of Girl Guides in the United States in her native Savannah. Through her steadfast promotion, the Movement grew rapidly, becoming the Girl Scouts of America in 1913. The organization was incorporated in 1915 with the national headquarters at Washington, D.C., with Daisy serving as president until 1920 when she was bestowed the rightful title of founder.

For fifteen years Daisy devoted her time, energy, and finances to the movement. She elicited major support and contributions from communities all around and was a frequent guest at campfires.

Daisy oversaw the composition of the Girl Scout handbook ‘How girls can help their country’ and in 1919 she was naturally the representative at the first international meeting of Girl Scouts and Guides.

She was instrumental in organizing the world Girl Scout camp in the United States in 1926. Less than a year later, on 17 January, 1927, Juliette Gordon Low died of cancer in Savannah, at the age of 66. She was buried in the uniform representing the organization she founded which to this day continues to change the world.

(Source: Girl Scout Handbook, Girl Scouts, Inc. 1940)