Monday, March 14, 2016

Happy 104th Birthday, Girl Scouts!

Last week, Girl Scouts across the country celebrated being a Girl Scout and remembered our founder, Juliette Gordon Low! On March 12, 1912, Juliette “Daisy” Gordon Low brought her vision of an opportunity for girls to develop physically, mentally, and spiritually by connecting with one another and their communities to life. In order to see her dream fulfilled, she sold her precious pearls so she could start the first troop of 18 culturally and ethnically diverse girls in Savannah, Georgia. That’s why we wear pearls today!

For the last 104 years, Girl Scouting has inspired millions of girls and women to grow in their courage, confidence, and character. Today, more than 35,000 girls from all walks of life and ethnicity in Connecticut are discovering their path to leadership through Girl Scouting.  We see evidence of this each and every day as our girls improve their communities through their Take Action Projects, especially this year as we celebrate the Gold Award Centennial!  Girls are building their self-esteem and confident body images through our healthy living initiatives and discovering the world around them and learning new skills through our STEM programming. While they are having fun, making connections and building skills, they are also getting ready to take on the world as confident, civic-minded women.

Of course, we can’t forget the Girl Scout Cookie Program, where for almost 100 years Girl Scouts have learned entrepreneurship and five key skills: goal setting, decision making, money management, business ethics, and people skills.

Remembering our founder's legacy, we also continue to encourage girls to get outdoors with the help of our seven day camps and two resident camps. Through swimming, hiking, horseback riding, archery, learning outdoor survival skills, and more, girls are boosting their self-esteem, improving their social skills and establishing a greater sense of independence.

We have a lot to be proud of! I am excited to see what lies ahead for the next century in Girl Scouting, and privileged to be a part of such a strong, sustainable mission to build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. Happy birthday, Girl Scouts!

Yours in Girl Scouting, 

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