Juliette Gordon Low, founder of the Girl Scouts, personally established just one camp in her lifetime – this one. She came to this place by mule team in 1921, explored the flat mountaintop on foot, and found a place of great natural beauty, with a rock swimming hole and boulder-strewn hillside. The Ledbetter brothers, who had offered her 10 acres of their northwest Georgia land for her project, truly wished to keep the swimming hole for themselves, but Mrs. Low declared firmly, “The rocks it will be or nothing.” And so Camp Juliette Low began– on the founder’s terms– and so it has remained.
From the first, Camp Juliette Low was a place for girls and young women to develop confidence and prepare for leadership responsibilities. Its original purpose, in fact, was to train Girl Scout leaders while providing a wilderness camping experience for younger girls. It was eminently successful in both purposes, attracting several hundred campers each summer.