When Were the 4-H Clubs for Girls and Boys Started and Why?

In 1901 Iowa schoolteacher Jessie Field Shambaugh set up two clubs, one for girls and another for boys to encourage learning about home crafts and new farming techniques.

These groups were the start of today’s 4-H clubs.

Beginning in 1910, children could join the Camp Fire Girls, and in 1912 Juliette Gordon Low organized the first troop of Girl Scouts (originally called Girl Guides).

To earn a “tenderfoot” classification, a Girl Scout had to know how to tie several knots and light a campfire, among other skills.

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