Tribune-Courier features editor
On Monday, March 12, Girl scouts all over the country celebrated their 100th anniversary. Marshall County Girl Scouts joined the celebration by meeting at CFSB in Benton to recite the Girl Scout Promise together.
Nationwide, there are 3.4 million Girl Scouts. Marshall County is home to about 90 of them. “Right now we’re in a rebuilding time,” Tracey Brown, troop leader said. “In the past there used to be lots of Girl Scouts here.” Marshall County now has nine troops, one of them starting up just last week.
Girl Scouts have declared 2012 as “The Year of the Girl.” Together, the organization and troop leaders are focusing much of their attention to building leadership skills in girls and young women and dealing with media stereotypes.
Founded in 1912 by Juliette “Daisy” Gordon Low, of Savannah, Georgia, Girl Scouts’ early mission was to “train girls to take their rightful places in life, first as good women, then as good citizens, wives and mothers.”
The mission of Girl Scouting today is to “build girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place.”
Brown said scouting strives to help girls feel good about who they are and how they look. “Right now there’s a little bitty image (of how girls are supposed to look), they are over sexualized and dealing with bullying.” Much of the agenda of scouting is designed to help girls build character to deal with these issues of growing into womanhood.
Being a Girl Scout can also provide girls with camaraderie and friendship. The girls may participate in many activities and have the ability to travel for a variety of events. Pathways have recently been introduced to the Girl Scout organization, which provide a more flexible model for participation in Girl Scouting. Pathways allow girls to participate in more travel, events and camps.
“I’ve been a girl scout since first grade,” said Addie, fifth grader from Troop 1196. “I like the activities but I really like going to camp.”
“We’re lucky here in Marshall County. We have beautiful outdoor areas,” Brown said, “In fact one of our council camps is located here - Camp Bear creek, and it’s a gorgeous facility.”
Some upcoming events Troops in Marshall County will be participating in are:
• March 31- Spruce Up at Camp Bear Creek - Troops from all across our area will work together to help get the Camp ready for the busy spring season.
• April 27-28 - Junior Overnight at Camp Bear Creek--Junior Girl Scouts (4th and 5th graders) from all across western Kentucky will come together.
• May 4-5 - Brownie Overnight at Camp Bear Creek--Brownie Girl Scouts (2nd and 3rd graders) from all across western Kentucky will come together.
• May 19 - Bridging the Next Century/100th Anniversary Celebration--Troops from all across our area (beyond Marshall Co.) will take part in a ceremony to launch us into the next 100 years of building girls of courage, confidence, and character. A time capsule from 1986 will be opened and a new capsule will be buried.
• June (exact date tbd) - Troops 1170 and 1196 will be taking an overnight trip to the Nashville zoo where girls will spend the night in a zoo classroom, take a night hike in the zoo, and learn about animals zoo keepers bring into classrooms.
Girls in kindergarten through twelfth grades can join Girl Scouts at anytime throughout the year. To find out more information about joining phone 270-443-8704.