Girl Scouts, Hornets' Nest Council Celebrates 100 Years

Building Girls of Courage, Confidence and Character for a Century


Charlotte, N.C.- Today Girl Scouts, an American institution, celebrates its 100th birthday.  Founder Juliette Gordon Low organized the first Girl Scout Troop on March 12, 1912, in Savannah, Ga.  To commemorate this milestone, Girl Scouts, Hornets' Nest Council hosted ten Anniversary Ceremonies last night at 7p.m. across an eight county footprint to honor the rich history, founder and the women & girls whose lives have been changed by the organization.  Ceremonies included readings of Juliette Gordon Low's life, girls using costumes and props to represent Girl Scouts history through the decades, singing and a lighting ceremony as the sunset on our first 100 years. 


Girl Scouts has embraced the anniversary as an opportunity to renew and refocus its commitment to serving girls.  For the first time in 25 years, Girl Scouts overhauled the badges earned by activities which include product design, digital filmmaking, "locavore" (local food) awareness, financial literacy and customer loyalty.  In addition, Girl Scouts introduced a new series of Journey Books that are fun with a purpose. Examples include It's Your Planet: Love it and Its Your World: Change It. There's an emphasis on 21st century skills: problem solving, communications, critical thinking and community service.


Furthermore Girl Scouts are using the occasion of its 100th birthday to introduce ToGetHerThere, an initiative designed "to help break down societal barriers that hinder girls from leading and achieving the highest ranks in all fields and industries, from science and technology to business and government."  Supporters can take a pledge and raise awareness on ways to nurture leadership potential among all girls at


For 100 years, Girl Scouts has inspired generations of girls who change the world by helping them develop skills to become young women of courage, confidence and character. Girl Scouts, Hornets? Nest Council (GSHNC) is helping to carry on this tradition.  "We are thrilled to celebrate our 100th Anniversary. We cherish our 100 year history and Girl Scouts 50 million alumnae as we look forward to our next 100 years of inspiring girls," <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 />Sally Daley, CEO of GSHNC.  Get involved and learn how you can help serve nearly 16,000 girls during this centennial year and celebrate Girl Scouts (

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Founded in 1912, Girl Scouts of the USA is the preeminent leadership development organization for girls with 3.2 million girl and adult members worldwide. Girl Scouts is the leading authority on girls' healthy development, and builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. Girl Scouts, Hornets? Nest Council serves 16,000 girls and 6,000 volunteers in eight counties of North and South Carolina.  These counties are the following: Anson, Cabarrus, Mecklenburg, Montgomery, Rowan, Stanly, Union and York (S.C.) For more information on how to join, volunteer, reconnect, or donate to Girl Scouts, visit


For more information:

Colleen Young, or 704-731-6520

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