How Girls Can Help Their Country: The First Original 1913 Handbook For Girl Scouts



by W. J. Hoxie 

Enjoy this unabridged, high-quality Doublebit Legacy reprint of How Girls Can Help Their Country, which was the first version of the Girl Scout Handbook originally printed in 1913. This first version was written by Walter John (W. J.) Hoxie, who assisted Juliette Gordon Low with the founding of the girl scouts in the USA. Borrowing heavily from the work of Agnes Baden-Powell’s “How Girls Can Help to Build up the Empire” and her brother, Lord Robert Baden-Powell’s “Scouting For Boys” books related to scouting in Britain, this present book by W. J. Hoxie taught countless original girl scouts in America the essential skills for the outdoors and empowered them for everyday life!

This Original Girl Scout Handbook provides instruction on girl scout badges and tests from 1913, camping and outdoors skills, first aid, water skills, home life, cooking, citizenship, and patriotism. Historically placed during the pre-World War 1 era, the principles in this book mirror a time when youth service and community development programs were reaching a peak in America.

Live up to the Girl Scout Law, just as it was published in 1913! Although the times have changed and some of the material has become outdated since its publication, see how girl scouts were instrumental in early 1900s history and how they pushed forward with determination and great skill.

This classic book makes a perfect gift for girl scouts and scout leaders, Gold Award winners, people interested in the history of youth programs in America, as well as anyone who is an enthusiast of classic camping, outdoors skills, nature lore, and woodcraft.


4.5 x .5 x 6.75 inches

Age Range:

9 - 12 years

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