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Girl Scouts commemorate 100 years

The Girl Scouts of the USA are celebrating their 100th anniversary this year. The organization got its start in 1912 when Juliette Gordon Low gathered 18 girls in her Savannah, Ga., home in an effort to give girls the opportunity to develop spiritually, mentally and physically.

The Girl Scouts of the USA are celebrating their 100th anniversary this year. The organization got its start in 1912 when Juliette Gordon Low gathered 18 girls in her Savannah, Ga., home in an effort to give girls the opportunity to develop spiritually, mentally and physically.

Celebrating the Girl Scouts’ 100th birthday

Want to help the Girl Scouts celebrate their 100th birthday? There are a number of ways to do so locally. For a full listing, visit gsnypenn.org.

Here’s a sampling of the events you can attend:

5:30 to 9 p.m. Monday, March 12: Annual Women of Distinction event, The Oncenter, Syracuse. Join the Girl Scouts of NYPENN Pathways as they celebrate “The 100” who have encouraged girls to lead and achieve on the actual birthday of the Girl Scouts of the USA. Tickets can be purchased at gsnypenn.org.

6:45 to 7:45 p.m. Monday, March 12: Many communities will be holding candlelight ceremonies and sing-a-longs. Listed at gsnypenn.org.

July 27 to 29: Girl Scouts: 100 Years Strong – A Jamboree. Cayuga County Fairgrounds. All Girl Scouts, past and present, are encouraged to attend and join as many as 5,000 of your Girl Scout sisters for a weekend of festivities. Details at gsnypenn.org. Deadline to register is April 30.

— As time went on, the Girl Guides — later called Girl Scouts — became more and more popular. In addition to outdoor activities, the organization began to take on community service activities, especially after America became mired in World War I and later the Great Depression. It’s now a staple of the institution.

“Girl Scouts helps to develop girls into leaders to make them better stewards of their communities,” said Judy Gallagher, director of Girl Scouts of NYPENN Pathways, which is headquartered in Cicero. “Girl Scouts is about direct community service, whether it’s collecting 1.200 pairs of pajamas during PJ Round-up for families in transition, or simply planting flowers in a community garden.”

Terry Godlewski Alletzhauser, a troop leader from North Syracuse, said her troops complete a service project every month. Projects range from making cat toys to donate to the Humane Society to collecting items to send to service units overseas.

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