2012-03-15 / Letters

Girl Scouts Celebrate 100 Years

To The Editor:

Monday, March 12, 2012, was the Girl Scouts’ 100th Anniversary. Juliette Gordon Low brought the idea for the organization back from England in 1912 after a visit there and seeing Lord Baden-Powell’s successful Boy Scout organization. Her first troop boosted 18 members. There currently are more than 3 million members worldwide and over 50 million alumnae.

Juliette Gordon Low, nicknamed ‘Daisy,’ is a modern-day example of how one person can make a difference in the world. She did not contact someone else and ask them to organize and run a program, nor did she fundraise and give the money to someone else to do the program. She stepped forward herself and empowered young ladies through skill building, leadership and friendship and taught the Scouts how to work to provide the funds they needed. She enabled multiple generations to learn important skills, both inside and outside the home, develop close relationships, and serve others, God and their community.

Those same ideals are alive today in the Girl Scout organization. There are currently more than 100 Girl Scouts in Fulton County. They meet in homes, schools and churches throughout the county every week. I have been privileged to watch many of these Scouts mature in confidence, service and leadership through the past several years. Bonds of friendship have been formed between girls throughout the county because of Girl Scout events held here. This year on June 9, more than 200,000 Girl Scouts from across the United States will meet in Washington, D.C., to celebrate the 100th anniversary. Several Scouts from this area will be there, and I expect new friendships will be formed through the sisterhood of Girl Scouts. All Girl Scouts and alumnae are invited to attend.

One person can make a difference in this world. Thank goodness Girl Scouts provide a means to develop skills that assist a female to do so. Thank you, Juliette Gordon Low. Happy 100th, Girl Scouts!

Terri Booth

McConnellsburg

Leader, Troop 1597

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