Friday, March 16, 2012

100th Anniversary Press Snapshot

Girl Scouts of the USA is proud to report a monumental amount of media surrounding the 100th anniversary of Girl Scouts. Anniversary stories appeared in USA Today, Forbes, Parade, The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, The Examiner, The Wall Street Journal, San Francisco Gate, Utah Fox 13, AlterNet, The Salt Lake Tribune, ABC News, Detroit Free Press, Contra Costa Times, Chattanooga Times Free Press, Las Vegas Review-Journal, and countless more.

CNN reports that when 10-year-old Anna Maria Chávez joined Girl Scout Troop 304 in the small town of Eloy, Arizona, she never thought the experience would eventually lead her to occupy a colorful office just off Fifth Avenue in the heart of Manhattan.

While about half of all women in the United States were Girl Scouts at some point in their lives, today, one in 10 of those girls are Latina. One of them is Chávez, who last year became the first Hispanic CEO of the organization.

In an interview for AFP, Chávez states that "we're seeing upticks in membership across the country. As the country grows, adults are looking for avenues for their daughters to participate in an organization that's been around for 100 years and has a strong history of serving girls and creating women leaders," she said.

NPR reports that Girl Scout cookies have become as much of an American tradition as apple pie. Seeing cookies come out is a great sign of spring. Generations of girls grew up being Girl Scouts.

"While they learned to build fire together, they couldn't help but learn about getting along with each other," says the narrator in a 1950s Girl Scout film showing girls in long skirts and white gloves learning about the wilderness. "They seemed to like being on their own."

Today, Girl Scouts are still all about blazing new trails. But the frontier has changed. As the badges on their vests show, this is not your grandmother's Girl Scouts.