Among the first advocates for a sister scouting move¬ment to the Boy Scouts were the girls who demanded inclusion in the Crystal Palace Boy Scout Rally, the first rally of its kind, held in London, England, in 1909. A year later, Boy Scout pioneer Robert Baden-Powell and his sis¬ter Agnes Baden-Powell helped organize a scouting group for girls, The Girl Guides Association. Together they adapted his guidebook Scouting for Boys, and in 1912 they published the first official girl scouting manual.
In the United States, the scouting movement for both boys and girls began about a century ago. Since that time, millions of youths have learned to find their way in the world with the skills and confidence they acquired through scouting.