Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Girl Scouts celebrate 98 years of inspiring courage, confidence and character

Girl Scouts of Colorado joins Girl Scout troops around the country to make the world a better place as we celebrate Girl Scout Week and the 98th anniversary of Girl Scouts from March 7-13. More than 3 million girls in the United States and 33,000 girls in Colorado are discovering their path to leadership through Girl Scouts, the leading authority and advocate for girls for 98 years. Girl Scouting inspires girls and women to strive for the highest ideals of courage, confidence and character.

Helping girls discover themselves and how they can impact their communities was something that Juliette Gordon Low, Girl Scouts’ founder, had first envisioned. At the time of the organization’s founding, when many girls’ paths in life were limited to their social standing, Low’s vision was to establish an organization where any American girl could expand her personal horizon by having fun, while exploring new interests and contributing to society. Low was determined to help expand opportunities and learning for the average American girl.

Photo opportunities around the state:
**Girl Scout Troop 3665 from Denver will give the Pledge of Allegiance to open the House of Representatives session at the Colorado State Capitol on Monday, March 8, at 10 a.m.
**Many local government bodies around the state are proclaiming it Girl Scout Week around the state. Some have invited local Girl Scout troops to their meetings to recognize their contributions to the community.
**Many Girl Scouts are working on community service projects to benefit their local communities.

Building tomorrow’s leaders today
Girl Scout Week projects are part of a broader initiative by Girl Scouting to help girls lead by example in their communities and in the world around them. With leadership development at the organization’s core, today’s Girl Scouts enjoy vast adventures in self-discovery with activities from healthy living to science and technology, environmental action to financial literacy and the arts – in a relaxed, all-girl setting that focuses on community service. A recent study commissioned by Girl Scouts showed that Girl Scouts think they are more likely than other girls to become President one day (55 percent of Girl Scouts vs. 35 percent of non-Girl Scouts).

Today Girl Scouts can be found all over the world, reaching girls and their families from suburbia, inner cities, rural America, migrant communities and overseas locations. Girl Scouts also serves special needs girls, those in detention centers and housing projects, to name a few.

Here in Colorado, Girl Scouts are using their leadership skills and making Colorado a little “greener” by implementing take-action community projects through an initiative called Forever Green. The goal is to bring sustainable, environmental change to their communities or schools. You can learn more at www.gsforevergreen.org. Additionally, a statewide Girl Scout-run bullying-prevention program, Power Up, focuses on the gossip, exclusion and drama common among girls. It encourages the 85 percent of girls who are bystanders to bullying behavior to stand up for the target and make their world a better place. You can learn more about this program at www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org – search for “Power Up.”

“In honor of Girl Scout Week, beginning on March 7 and running through March 13, we thank the supportive residents of Colorado for the volunteer time, donations and goodwill toward Girl Scouting this year,” said Megan Ferland, president and CEO of Girl Scouts of Colorado. “With your support, we are striving to provide a Girl Scout experience in Colorado that’s easy, meaningful and fun as we develop our next generation of leaders.”

Girl Scouts’ 100th Anniversary in 2012
In 2012, Girl Scouts will celebrate its 100-year anniversary. The U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate recently passed the Girl Scouts of the USA Commemorative Coin Act, authorizing the minting of 350,000 silver dollar coins in 2013 to celebrate Girl Scouts’ 100th Anniversary. The Girl Scouts Centennial Commemorative Coin will be minted in 2013, marking the end of the celebration of our first 100 years and the beginning of our second century of leadership development. Proceeds from the sale of the coin will be used for critically needed restoration and improvements to the Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace. This investment will protect this national treasure and ensure it continues to inspire and benefit current and future Girl Scouts for years to come.

Facts about Girl Scouts
**Founded on March 12, 1912.
**Preeminent leadership development organization for girls.
**Leading authority on girls’ healthy development. Help girls build their courage, confidence and character on their road to making the world a better place.
**Serves girls from every corner of the United States and its territories. Also serves American girls and their classmates attending American or international schools overseas in 90 countries.

Facts about Girl Scouts of Colorado
**Founded on Oct. 1, 2007 after the five Colorado Girl Scout councils realigned.
**Is one of more than 100 Girl Scout councils nationwide.
**Serves all 64 Colorado counties with a diverse membership of 33,000 girls, ages 5-17, and 10,000 adult volunteers.
**Awarded $75,243 in assistance to girls for camp, events, travel and program materials in 2009.
**Makes it easy, meaningful and fun for girls and volunteers to grow as leaders.

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