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Girl Scout Heritage

In 1912, Juliette Gordon Low founded the Girl Scouts of America. The first Girl Scout troop in California was established in 1917 in Palo Alto. The Girl Scouts of Northern California was incorporated in 2007, comprising five former councils, and is the home of the Heritage Committee of the Girl Scouts of Northern California.

The Heritage Committee is responsible for creating wonderful exhibits at museums and also maintains a collection of uniforms and equipment that is available for public displays and fashion shows. The committee is always looking for donations of clothing and Girl Scout memorabilia, particularly from the years 1912 to 1940.

Please email Ann Watrous at or Nancy Corbin at for more information about the Heritage Committee.

Camp Bothin Heritage Museum

An excellent collection of Girl Scout memorabilia, photographs, historic uniforms, and artifacts is housed in this museum.

Tours/visits to the Camp Bothin Heritage Museum must be scheduled at least two weeks prior to the visit. If you are reserving Camp Bothin for an event, please feel free to schedule a museum visit while your group is on site. For more information about the Camp Bothin Heritage Museum or to schedule a visit, please e-mail Dorothy Brown at or call (415) 479-2390.

Heritage Museum at the Alameda office

The museum houses uniforms, pins, badges, and memorabilia documenting local and national Girl Scout history. It also houses a scale replica of the home of founder Juliette Gordon Low. The 24-square-foot, nine-bedroom dollhouse features working electric lights, parlors, trunk rooms, and working doors and windows. It replicates the English Regency style of architecture that was fashionable at the time of its construction (1818-1821). The interior reflects a renovation that occurred in 1886 when Juliette Low was growing up.

The museum is located adjacent to the retail store and may be visited during store hours.