We asked this question to Cadette, Senior and Ambassador Girl Scouts as part of an essay contest in conjunction with the 100th Anniversary of Girl Scouts. A lot has changed since Girl Scouts started in 1912, but the mission to create girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place, has not.
We received a lot of responses, but we could only pick one winner from each grade level. Read their stories below and see if they inspired you as much as they inspired us!
The 100th anniversary of Girl Scouting is an exciting and invigorating time to be a part of our movement to empower today's girls to become tomorrow's leaders. Mark your place in Girl Scout history!
Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania is looking for anyone who was ever a member of GIrl Scouts in his/her lifetime, anywhere in the world, and now resides within our 30 county footprint. If you meet this criteria, we encourage you to celebrate our 100th anniversary by registering with our Green Directory and joining our campaign to locate 100,000 Girl Scout alumnae by December 31, 2012!
Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania (GSHPA) invited Service Units (SUs) to apply for mini-grants in support of SU-organized events that forward GSHPA’s 100th anniversary goals through projects and events that engage Girl Scout stakeholders in their communities.
Mini-grants may be used for projects and celebrations that connect directly to either or both of these goals: • Empower girls to impact their community. • Increase the visibility of Girl Scouts.
In celebration of our 100th anniversary, we will
shine the spotlight on the best and brightest members of our Council, the Girl
Scout Gold Award recipients. The Gold Award is the highest honor a Girl Scout
can achieve. By earning the Gold Award, each recipient demonstrates a special
commitment to excellence in herself, her community and her future. Recipients
must complete several activities covering career exploration, leadership
skills, community service and specialized interest projects, followed by a
comprehensive project selected and designed by the recipient based on her
skills and interests.
On the third Friday of each month, we will
highlight a new 2011-2012 Gold Award Recipient on the Gold Award Spotlight page
who will help set the stage and inspire a new generation of Girl Scouts as we
prepare for our next 100 years. Click here each month to see who is in the Gold
100th Anniversary Fact of the Month
Did you know...
January 2012 Did you know that the first Girl Scout troop ever formed in our councilís footprint was the named The Sunflower Troop and they held their first meeting in Harrisburg in 1917? Check out the photo below to see these Girl Scout pioneers who started the tradition of Girl Scouting in our council nearly 100 years ago!
In 1917, Iona Paxson, a 12 year old girl in Schuylkill County worked together with the pastor at her church, St. Matthew's, to form the First Girl Scout Troop in Schuylkill County? She also partnered with a local steel mill to have 100 Girl Scout medals for members of Girl Scouts and the St. Matthew's. The last medal was given to the Jeannie Johns, daughter of Girl Scout Volunteer, Pat Johns in 1968 by Iona herself.
Girl Scout Cookies® had their earliest beginnings in the kitchens and ovens of our girl members, with mothers volunteering as technical advisers and that the sale of cookies as a way to finance troop activities dates back to as early as 1917, just five years after Juliette Gordon Low started Girl Scouting in the United States. The earliest mention of a cookie sale found to date was that of the Mistletoe Troop in Muskogee, Oklahoma, which baked cookies and sold them in its high school cafeteria as a service project in December 1917. In the 1920s and 1930s, Girl Scouts in different parts of the country continued to bake their own simple sugar cookies with their mothers. These cookies were packaged in wax paper bags, sealed with a sticker, and sold door to door for 25 to 35 cents per dozen.
After the bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941, Girl Scouts across the country operated bicycle courier services, collected scrap metal and grew victory gardens to help with the nationís war efforts.
The social unrest of the 1960s was reflected in organization actions and Girl Scout program change, including the introduction in 1963 of four program age levels for girls: Brownie, Junior, Cadette and Senior Girl Scouts.
Girl Scout members elected the first African American national Girl Scout President, Gloria D. Scott, in 1975.