Thursday, March 22, 2012

News of Girl Scouts 100th Anniversary Spreads From Coast to Coast

With the Girl Scout 100th Anniversary year in full swing, there is no shortage of press surrounding celebratory events around the country! To cover every story in the news would take a staff of thousands, but we will do our best to provide some highlights.

Minnesota's KSTC-TV Channel 45 reports that The Girl Scouts of Minnesota and Wisconsin River Valleys hosted a weekend celebration at the Mall of America to mark the occasion. Sunday's events included a style show and a Skype interview with Arctic explorer Ann Bancroft. Events on Saturday included an appearance from Girl Scouts of the USA's CEO, Anna Maria Chávez with Linda Keene, CEO of Girl Scouts of Minnesota and Wisconsin River Valleys, a presentation by the Raptor Center, Zumba dancing and an Iron Cookie Challenge. For photos of the event, look here. 280,000 people participated in the two-day event!

In Arkansas
reports that the Year of the Girl exhibit at the Clinton Presidential Center through April 1, honors the 100-year anniversary of Girl Scouts by sharing the rich traditions of scouting with unique artifacts, vintage uniforms and photos on display, representing every decade since the 1910s. Girl Scouts – Diamonds of Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas hosted girl and adult Girl Scouts at the William J. Clinton Presidential Center in Little Rock, Arkansas. The three day event featured everything from a s’mores bar and sing along to great programming for the girls at different age levels.

The San Francisco Chronicle was on hand as Girls Scouts of Northern California gathered at San Francisco City Hall to celebration the 100th . With city proclamations, speakers and singing the girls had a great time celebrating the day. Mayor Ed Lee presented a city proclamation to Girl Scouts. California's Contra Costa Times wished Girl Scouts a Happy 100th and followed Girl Scouts from Walnut Creek as they sold cookies outside of Sports Basement using a mobile app on their smartphones to accept credit cards. Instead of stiff skirts and sashes, this troop wears jeans and matching cornflower blue T-shirts. They did the tie-dye themselves. Talk shifted from career goals -- among the group are a future attorney, a radiologist and a marine biologist who plans "to focus on cephalopods" -- to who will be the first to earn the Locavore, Digital Moviemaking or Science of Happiness badges.

The Boston Globe reports that as the 100th birthday of the founding of Girl Scouts approached on March 12, Ethel Leonard knew she had to do something special. Leonard, 90, and a resident of Brooksby Village in Peabody, figured there were enough former Girl Scouts in the retirement community to have a party. She circulated a sign-up sheet for former Scouts and troop leaders, and 140 people responded. And on Monday, more than 100 of the women gathered to celebrate the birthday and share memories. Also in Massachusetts, Foster's Daily Democrat followed a flash mob of girls celebrating a century of Girl Scouting at the Newington Mall.

In Illinois, The Forest Park Review reports that Girl Scouts from Service Unit 409 in Forest Park stood in the dusk beside the flag pole at the park district building. The girls sang songs and passed the "friendship squeeze" from hand to hand around a large circle.

South Carolina's News 2's Carolyn Murray was on hand with Girl Scouts of Eastern South Carolina, as they held the Bridging to the Next Century event on March 10 at Patriots Point in Mt. Pleasant.

Susan Harrison Wolffis of Michigan's Muskegon Chronicle declared Once a Girl Scout, always a Girl Scout and published a photograph of the Hoover Dam honoring Girl Scouts 100th Anniversary, with a large Girl Power billboard. It showed the Girl Scout symbol in Scout green.