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May is Asian-Pacific Heritage Month!

May 15, 2012

During the month of May, Girl Scouts of all backgrounds come together to celebrate Asian-Pacific American culture.

The term Asian-Pacific encompasses all of the Asian continent and the Pacific Islands of Melanesia, Micronesia, and Polynesia, including the state of Hawaii. Just five years after Juliette Gordon Low founded our movement in 1912, the first Girl Scout troops were organized in Hawaii. In fact, the last reigning Hawaiian monarch, Queen Lili‘uokalani, was an original sponsor.

Today, Asian-Pacific Americans are involved in all aspects of Girl Scouts, from the National Board of Directors to volunteers and staff at local councils. “Like their peers, they’re committed to ensuring that all girls throughout our country have the best leadership experiences,” GSUSA National CEO Anna Maria Chávez says. “As a result, girls from the many diverse Asian and Pacific Island cultures are finding a home in Girl Scouting.”

Find out if there are any community activities or festivals in your area, and celebrate your Asian-Pacific American sisters who help make the world a better—and more inclusive—place!