On March 12, Girl Scouts of the USA will celebrate its 99th birthday. It was on March 12, 1912, that founder Juliette Gordon Low assembled 18 girls from Savannah, Ga. for a local Girl Scout meeting. Low believed that all girls should be given the opportunity to develop physically, mentally and spiritually. Within a few years, her dream for a girl-centered organization was realized. Today, Girl Scouts of the USA has a membership of more than 3.2 million girls and adults.
As we prepare to celebrate our centennial, many activities and events are being planned both locally and nationally to celebrate our history. A nationwide take-action project entitled “Girl Scouts Forever Green” will allow Girl Scouts of all ages, volunteers and alumnae to participate in a meaningful leadership experience that makes a huge positive impact on the environment. There is also a 100th anniversary celebration on the mall in Washington, D.C. in June 2012. The Girl Scouts of NYPENN Pathways is planning on offering a bus trip to the celebration.
To stay up to date on activities or events being offered, visit www.gsnypenn.org.
Local Girl Scouts
• Auburn Girl Scouts are holding a food drive through March 15. To donate, you can drop off non-perishable food items at Kinney Drugs on Owasco Street, Sound Monkey Music or Landers Chiropractic on South Street, Family Video or Downtown Books and Coffee on Genesee Street, the Dollar Tree in the Auburn Plaza, either branch of the Auburn Federal Credit Union or the Youth Fair at Fingerlakes Mall on March 12.
All food collected will go to St. Alphonsus and Calvary Food pantries in Auburn. For more information, call Jamie at 209-2457 or visit www.auburngirlscouts.webs.com.
• The Caywasco Service Unit, covering southern Cayuga County, is holding a pancake breakfast and bake sale from 8 to 11 a.m. Sunday, March 6 at the Moravia Firehouse.
• Area Girl Scouts in kindergarten through fifth grade are invited to a Girl Scout Heritage Day from 12:30 to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 2 at Cato Central School. Girls will have the opportunity to have tea with “Juliette Gordon Low,” explore the history of Girl Scouts of NYPENN Pathways, learn games from the past, do crafts, and earn the heritage patch. The cost to attend is $8 per girl.
To register or for more information, contact Rose Weller at 626-2561. The registration deadline is March 18.
• Area Girl Scouts are invited to a Girls Night Out Lock In from 6 p.m. Saturday, April 30, to 7 a.m. Sunday, May 1, at the New York Chiropractic College Athletic Center, 2360 Route 89, Seneca Falls. The cost is $20 per person. Girls will have the opportunity to swim, trade swaps, do crafts, listen to music, and more.
To receive a registration form, or for more information, contact Jamie Gleason at 209-2457 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Join the fun and friendship of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience! Troops are up and running in all areas. Girl can join by being part of a troop, or just attending a summer camp program, traveling or participating in an event or series of activities. Visit www.gsnypenn.org or call 698-9400 or 539-5085 for more information.
Kim Dunne is media manager for the Girl Scouts of NYPENN Pathways Inc