GIRL SCOUTS APPROACHES 100 YEAR ANNIVERSARY
12/17/2011

Girl Scouts of Louisiana - Pines to the Gulf prepare to celebrate 100 years of Girl Scouting. Girl Scouts builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.

Online PR News – 17-December-2011 – – On March 12, 1912 Juliette Gordon Low founded the first Girl Scout troop in Savannah, GA and for the past 100 years, Girl Scouts has been the premier leadership organization for girls. To celebrate this momentous occasion Girl Scouts has proclaimed 2012 to be “The Year of the Girl,” filled with skill-building, fun, age-appropriate opportunities for all girls in grades K-12. Today there are over 100 councils and over 3 million girl and adult members nationwide. Girl Scouts of Louisiana –Pines to the Gulf serves approximately 11,000 girls and adult volunteers in 42 parishes of Louisiana. Girls together can do extraordinary things and this year they will be showcasing that. In 2012 Girl Scouts from this area and around the state are striving to reach a goal of 100 community service hours in honor of the centennial. In addition there will be many activities on the agenda for girls to learn and practice leadership. Girls get to discover their values and the world around them, connect with their peers and take action to improve their community.
They will kickoff this year long celebration on February 25, in Alexandria. All girls from around the council, even non-members are invited to come and be part of a century old movement that has a long history of producing skilled women leaders. In the months following girls will participate in their take action projects throughout the state. Some of these projects which are chosen by the girls themselves may include collecting care packages to send to the military overseas, planting flowers to beautify the city or collecting coats and food for those less fortunate. They will also have many opportunities to learn leadership essentials by participating in public speaking and communication workshops, taking flying lessons and learning about women aviators, or learning about the importance of the fields of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math). Some girls are earning money to travel to Washington D.C. to celebrate the centennial with sister Girl Scouts from around the country on the steps of the nation’s capitol.
While the old school of thought regarding Girl Scouts centered on cookies, camping and crafts, the new school of thought is focused on leadership. Those common themes are still ever present in the organization, but girls now learn how those activities will affect them later in life. Those cookies she’s selling are teaching her to be brave, set goals, manage her money and make decisions. Camping and outdoor experiences teach her to respect the world around her and to be resourceful. Crafts allow her to get creative and innovative.
There are many new badges that have been introduced in the past year which are geared more towards the needs of today’s girls. Some of the categories include Healthy Living, Good Sportsmanship, Investigation, Innovation, Digital Arts, and Citizen which at one age level has a badge titled Inside the Government. Not only are there new badges, but now girls may choose how many of five pathways they would like to participate through: Troop, Camping, Series (which includes earning the Bronze, Silver and Gold Award), Events and Travel.
Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. This organization has come a long way over the past century. While it may have had to adjust to the ever-changing needs of girls, the core values have remained steadfast. Over the past century 50 million American women enjoyed Girl Scouts during their youth. Now is the time for those former Girl Scouts to re-discover the fun and friendships they had in childhood and to participate, donate and advocate for girls, so that girls can continue to find and become leaders in their communities. To learn more about joining Girl Scouts please visit www.girlscoutspinestogulf.org.

Girl Scouts of Louisiana – Pines to the Gulf serves over 8,000 girl members and 3,000 adult volunteers in 42 parishes in Louisiana, with offices in Lafayette, Shreveport, Lake Charles, Alexandria and Monroe. Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. Girl Scouts accepts all girls grades K-12 who accept the Girl Scout Promise and the Girl Scout Law. Membership is $12 annually, but no girl will be denied membership because of inability to pay. For more information on how to join, volunteer or donate please visit www.girlscoutspinestogulf.org or call 1.800.960.2093.

Girl Scouts USA over 3 million girls nationwide. Girl Scouts was founded in Savannah, GA on March 12, 1912 by Juliette Gordon Low. Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place.