What has 59 million living American alumnae and is still going strong after 102 years? Girl Scouting! On March 12, more than 12,300 Girl Scouts from across New Hampshire and Vermont join Girl Scout sisters nationwide in celebrating the 102nd birthday of Girl Scouting in the U.S. For more than a century, Girl Scouts has stayed true to founder Juliette Gordon Low's vision of building girls of courage, confidence, and character.
“During Girl Scout Week, we renew our commitment to making the world a better place,” said Patricia Mellor, chief executive officer of Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains. “We know that if a commitment to helping others is learned early in life, it leads to a lifelong commitment.”
In 1912, Juliette Gordon Low founded Girl Scouting in Savannah, Georgia, with one troop of 18 girls. She believed that all girls should have the chance to develop physically (she hung sheets around a court so girls could play basketball in bloomers), mentally (through business education and civic service), and spiritually (girls still earn faith awards).
From its inception, the movement taught girls the art of hospitality, civic and community service, kindness to animals, money management, and how to survive in the woods. Before women had the right to vote, Girl Scouts could earn an Aviation Badge. Now, a Girl Scout has piloted the Space Shuttle!
Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains serves more than 12,300 girls thanks to 5,100 trained and dedicated volunteers. See www.girlscoutsgwm.org or call 888-474-9686 to join, volunteer, sign up as an alumna—or see where to buy cookies, while they last!


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