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Girl Scouts kicking off 100th anniversary celebration

Tuesday, April 05, 2011   (2 Comments)
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By Amber Coulter


Some Girl Scout foundations, such as survival skills and being prepared, are nearly 100 years old. Others are designed to keep up with the times.

The Girl Scouts national organization is kicking off a five-year celebration of the organization’s 100th anniversary. Members will celebrate the anniversary next year on March 12, founder Juliette Gordon Low’s birthday.

Angie Tinch, program delivery coordinator for the Heartland Service Center of the Girl Scouts, said it will take the five-year window to get through everything the regional council wants to do to celebrate.

"There’s so much that we want to cram into it,” she said.

Local Scouts will participate in some regional and national celebration opportunities.

They’ll go to Louisville to cross the Kennedy Memorial Bridge from Waterfront Park into Indiana with other girls. The trip will symbolize a larger-scale version of the Scouts’ traditional bridge ceremony, which requires girls to walk across a bridge when  graduating to a higher level in the organization.

They’ll also take a trip next year to Savannah, Ga., for a national organization celebration in the town of its founder’s birth.

A fashion show, likely a traveling program, will display Girl Scout uniforms worn throughout the organization’s history, Tinch said.

The activities will help the girls focus on the organization’s significant, 100-year history, Tinch said. Many organizations that last so long become stagnant, but the centennial celebration also will focus on how the organization has changed and how it continues to meet girls’ changing needs, she said.

"We’re just trying to change as our girls are changing,” she said.

One way the organization is constantly changing is by updating badges.

Many girls in the organization lost interest in some existing badges, so the organization will unveil new badges by the beginning of the next school year. That includes allowing troops to create their own badges to address things uniquely important to the each group of girls, Tinch said.

The organization recently introduced a breast cancer badge, she said.

"We’re just trying to make sure that it stays girl-centered, girl-driven,” she said.

Local Girl Scout leaders are considering ways that local girls can celebrate, but haven’t settled on official plans yet, Tinch said.

The 100-year celebration also is a good opportunity for fundraising, Tinch said.

Tinch said the organization constantly looks for professional women in the community who were Girl Scouts to tell their stories. That effort is even more important as the organization celebrates its history and success, she said.

Any former Girl Scouts who want to share their stories are invited to contact the local organization at 769-5563.

Amber Coulter can be reached at (270) 505-1746 or


jackie jordan says...
Posted Monday, April 25, 2011
Yes, Juliette's birthday was (is) October 31. Girl Scouts was founded March 12, 1912. And I am inclined to agree with Ms. Hartney (Morris) in her comments.
Sheila M. Hartney (Shelly Morris) says...
Posted Saturday, April 09, 2011
Sorry, but I believe Juliette Low's actual birthday was at the end of October. The date March 12 is the day in 1912 that she founded the first Girl Scout Troop,. Also, this article was obviously written about a specific council and its activities but does not identify what council or what state. I had expected, due to the title, that it would be about National activities and dates regarding the 100th Anniversary.

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