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100 years of Girl Scouts and counting
By: Bertram Rantin 2/24/2012

GIRL SCOUTS

100 years of Girl Scouts and counting

By BERTRAM RANTIN - brantin@thestate.com

They came to celebrate a century of service, merit badges and, yes, those trademark cookies.

Troop members from The Girl Scouts of South Carolina – Mountains to Midlands and the Girl Scouts of Eastern South Carolina council gathered Thursday at the State House with Scout leaders and elected officials to declare 2012 the Year of the Girl.

The gathering was the state’s official launch of the 100th anniversary of the Girl Scouts and part of a nationwide declaration by the group, which got its start with 18 troop members in Savannah in 1912.

 
      The Girl Scouts of South Carolina - Mountains to Midlands and the Girl Scouts of Eastern South Carolina were at the State House Thursday morning to declare 2012 the Year of the Girl in recognition of the Girls Scouts 100th anniversary.       - TIM DOMINICK      /tdominick@thestate.com

The Girl Scouts of South Carolina - Mountains to Midlands and the Girl Scouts of Eastern South Carolina were at the State House Thursday morning to declare 2012 the Year of the Girl in recognition of the Girls Scouts 100th anniversary.

- TIM DOMINICK /tdominick@thestate.com

“Who could have imagined that when Juliette Gordon Low organized the first Girl Scout troop that, 100 years later, it would have grown to the largest and most successful organization in the world serving girls,” Cynthia Pryor Hardy told scores of troop members huddled around the podium in the first floor lobby of the State House.

The morning emcee and former Scout member focused largely on leadership, as did the other featured speakers in the 30-minute ceremony.

The Girl Scouts – which has around 3 million girl and adult members nationwide, 31,000 in South Carolina – boasts a long list of notable alumni. Former Girl Scouts make up 80 percent of women business owners, while 68 percent of women in Congress and five of six governors, including Gov. Nikki Haley, were Scouts.

“From this group you can see what an influence Girl Scouts has had on shaping the careers and achievements of so many of today’s popular women,” Hardy said. “Women have made tremendous advances, but we still have a way to go towards better representing ourselves in leadership roles.”

University of South Carolina freshman Candice Johnson, a Scout of 13 years who now helps lead a Columbia troop, said developing leadership skills is crucial for young women.

“There are so many things today that girls are expected to do, so I would hope for them to be leaders (in the community),” she said.

Thursday’s assembly noted the impact of the popular Girl Scout cookie program, which last year generated $769 million and remains the nation’s largest business and financial literacy program for girls.

The 100th anniversary of the Girl Scouts will officially begin March 12 and will be followed by a year-long mix of celebrations, including a special celebration at this year’s S.C. State Fair. Girl Scouts of South Carolina-Mountains to Midlands serves approximately 12,600 girls, grades K5-12, and 5,000 adults in 22 counties of central and western South Carolina.

To learn more about the Girl Scouts Together pledge, visit ToGetHerThere.org.

Read more here: http://www.thestate.com/2012/02/24/2165003/100-years-of-girl-scouts-and-counting.html?story_link=email_msg#storylink=cpy

 

 

 


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