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100th Anniversary of Girl Scouts
How are you celebrating?
March 12, 2012 marked 100 years since Juliette Gordon Low founded the Girl Scouts by assembling 18 girls from Savannah, Georgia for the first troop meeting. Low believed that all girls should be given the opportunity to develop physically, mentally, and spiritually.
Today, the Girl Scout organization has grown to 3.2 million girls and adults, 50 million alumnae and is the largest organization focused on girl leadership. To commemorate Girl Scouts anniversary, the organization is calling 2012 the Year of the Girl: a celebration of girls, recognition of their leadership potential, and a commitment to set in motion a generational change to balance leadership in the workplace and in communities across the country.
To celebrate the 100th anniversary, the Girl Scout Council of the Nation’s Capital will host two signature events, Girl Scout Interfaith Service at the Washington National Cathedral on April 28; and Girl Scouts Rock the Mall: 100th Anniversary Sing-Along on June 9 on the National Mall. Girl Scout troops throughout the Greater Washington Region are also honoring this milestone with fun activities, 100 years of camping, DC Step Showcase and many other community service projects and events.
We want to know how you are celebrating the Girl Scouts 100th anniversary! Is your troop holding a 100th birthday party? Are you marching in a parade? Are you completing a community service project in honor of the 100th anniversary? Let us know!
According to Lidia Soto-Harmon, CEO Girl Scout Council of the Nation’s Capital, “Girl Scouts has always blazed new trails, for the purpose of helping all girls discover their highest leadership potential. In 1912, the first Girl Scout troop was formed with girls not only from prominent families, but also girls from orphanages. During WWII, Girl Scouts served Japanese-American girls in internment camps, and in the 60s, Dr. Martin Luther King praised Girl Scouts as a force for desegregation. As we move forward, we are eager to continue our mission to help all girls build courage, confidence and character to make our world a better place.”
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Posted: Mar 7, 2012