100 years of
Girl Scouts and counting
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They came to
celebrate a century of service, merit badges and, yes, those trademark cookies.
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
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.
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.
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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.
emcee and former Scout member focused largely on leadership, as did the other
featured speakers in the 30-minute ceremony.
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.
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.”
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
so many things today that girls are expected to do, so I would hope for them to
be leaders (in the community),” she said.
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.
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.
more about the Girl Scouts Together pledge, visit ToGetHerThere.org.