Girl Scouts Celebrates 100 Years!
2012 marks the 100th anniversary of Girl Scouting in the United States. Our founder, Juliette Gordon Low, organized the first Girl Scout troop on March 12, 1912, in Savannah, Georgia.
Today there are 3.2 million Girl Scouts — 2.3 million girl members and 880,000 adult members working primarily as volunteers. Here in western Washington we have more than 26,000 members and over 12,500 volunteers!
To celebrate the 100th anniversary, western Washington (and the nation) will have hundreds of local, regional and national events.
Ways to Get Involved:
Our celebration kicked off at GirlFest on September 24, 2011, to celebrate and usher in a new century of Girl Scouting. The festivities come to a climactic conclusion at GirlFest 2012, October 20 — the ultimate celebration of the power of girls! This celebration showcases our Forever Green initiatives, and shows those in our region why Girl Scouts of Western Washington is the premier leadership organization for girls.
- Forever Green Challenge
Starting in October, 2011, we have launched monthly environmental challenges integrated into a year of programming built around environmental sustainability. The 12 themes will revolve around: Save Energy, Reduce Waste, Protect Water and Grow Green. Members can participate as individuals or with their troop, through activities at home, in the community and at council and partner events. Contact Maria DeVore for corporate sponsorship opportunities for each month.
- Forever Green Team
Help us celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Girl Scouting by building environmental stewards! The Forever Green Team is a Program Aide specialty for girls in 8-12 grade and adults interested in providing team support and guidance.
Team members will receive a Forever Green T-shirt and the opportunity to volunteer at GirlFest, helping with environmental activities – including free admission! To register for a Forever Green Team workshop, click here. Email Lisa Bond with questions.
- Teens -- Join a team of environmental activists, leading the way for Girl Scouts to take action for a healthy environment. You’ll use your leadership skills to deliver fun, educational programs to younger girls in your community. We provide activity plans and program kits - you choose the date, time, location and help spread the word!
- Adult advisors -– we need your teen-savvy leadership skills and event planning experience to help the girls have a successful experience.
- 100th Anniversary SongFest
SongFest was held February 26, 2012 as a special event for girls, family members and alumnae to celebrate our 100th birthday in song!
- 100th Anniversary Proclamation Project
A 100th Anniversary comes around but once in a lifetime. Let’s get every community to recognize this special occasion with proclamations ringing throughout Western Washington during Girl Scout Week in March 2012. Our goal is to get the Governor, state legislature, cities, counties, and school boards to issue proclamations to honor the 100th Anniversary of Girl Scouts. In addition, we want to have Girl Scouts conduct the flag ceremony to officially open the meetings during which the proclamations are read. The proclamations and flag ceremony will not only bring the 100th Anniversary to the attention of our community leaders, but will highlight the role of Girl Scouts in making their local community a better place through leadership and service to others. We need your help to make this happen! Learn how you can help.
Girl Scouts of Western Washington will take advantage of this once-in-a-lifetime event to raise a significant amount of money to strengthen our programs, support our camps and reach girls with life-changing experiences. The fund development program has several components:
- No Girl Left Inside
Girls from at-risk, low income, urban communities and girls from immigrant populations have limited or no experience with the outdoor environment. No Girl Left Inside will support programs that will introduce hundreds of girls in our Outreach programs to the outdoor environment.
- Green Our Camps
A campaign to reduce the environmental impact of our camp operations and help teach girls to become good stewards of outdoor resources. Click here to vote for the camp item you think is most important to fund! Please share this website with friends, girls, family members, volunteers and everyone else you know! The most popular items will be included in the Troop and Family Campaign. Stay tuned for more information about how our members can get involved in the effort!
- A Campaign for Financial Assistance
A special campaign for financial assistance to ensure that no girl is prevented from participating in Girl Scouts or going to camp due to lack of family resources.
The celebration and commitment to environmental sustainability will continue through our traditional special events that celebrate Girl Scouting and honor remarkable women in our region.