Girl Scouts celebrates 100th birthday

By Bill Schlichting, Pilot staff writer March 14, 2012 06:57 am

Michaela Dingle and Camryn Anderson look over the history of Girl Scouts on posters that will be displayed during open house Saturday at the Masonic Lodge on Azalea Park Road.
Michaela Dingle and Camryn Anderson look over the history of Girl Scouts on posters that will be displayed during open house Saturday at the Masonic Lodge on Azalea Park Road.
Girl Scouts in the Brookings-Harbor area will be celebrating the national organization’s 100th birthday with an open house.

The event will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 17, at the Masonic Temple, 416 Azalea Park Road, Brookings.

All girls who were involved in Girl Scouts as well as the public are welcome to attend the party.

“We plan to sing Girl Scout songs, share camping experiences, menus for cookouts and talk about the major events of the last 100 years of Girl Scouting,” said Girl Scout troop leader Carolyn Derricott.

During the last meetings, the girls – Daisies, Brownies, Juniors and Cadets – have been busy making posters to show the history of Girl Scouts.

A century ago, Juliette Gordon Low assembled 18 girls in Savannah, Ga, for the first local Girl Scout meeting. According to the Girl Scouts’ website, she believed that all girls should be given the opportunity to develop physically, mentally and spiritually. With the goal of bringing girls out of isolated home environments and into community service and the open air, Girl Scouts hiked, played basketball, went on camping trips, learned how to tell time by the stars, and studied first aid.

Today, Girl Scouts of the USA has a membership of more than 3.2 million girls and adults in 90 countries. Nearly 60 million women in the U.S. today are Girl Scout alumnae.

“Our 100th anniversary is our moment in time to bring the nation together to make a difference in the lives of girls,” said Anna Maria Chávez, CEO of Girl Scouts of the USA. “Girls represent an incredible resource for our country and Girl Scouts has always provided them a platform for success, and during our centennial we want everyone – men and women alike – to join us in making sure that every girl achieves her full leadership potential.”