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May 02, 2012

2012 is the Year of the Girl Scout

In 1912, sitting in her childhood home in Savannah, Georgia, Juliette Gordon Low called her cousin Nina and said, "Come right over! I've got something for the girls of Savannah and all America and the world and we're going to start it tonight!" Now, 100 years later, more than 50 million girls have joined together to uphold the mission of the Girl Scouts organization that Juliette dreamed up long ago. Juliette believed that all girls should be given the opportunity to become tomorrow's leaders and ultimately make the world a better place. She formed the first Girl Scout Troop on March 12, 1912, and today there are troops in more than 92 countries.

Find yourself in downtown Savannah, Georgia, and you can walk in the footsteps of the founder by visiting where it all started, The Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace. A tour will teach visitors about Juliette and the Girl Scout movement. Special celebrations will be held throughout the year to commemorate the 100th anniversary.

The Girl Scout Organization will also celebrate its 100-year anniversary in the nation's capital from June 1 through June 11. The Girl Scouts Rock The Mall event will no doubt be a highlight. On June 9, more 200,000 Girl Scouts, friends, family, and alumni will come together to participate in the world's largest Sing-Along on the National Mall. Since the organization's beginning, songs have been used to celebrate friendship and the commitment to the principles of the Girl Scouts. So join the movement and support the scouts beyond your annual cookie buy.

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