Tricounty News

Girl Scouts celebrate 100 years



By Sarah Zipoy

Girl Scouts from the Kimball area will join members around the nation in celebrating 100 years of Girl Scouting this month.

There will be many things going on throughout the council. Some Girl Scouts will be attending a Camperee this spring to help kick off the celebration. The Stearns History Museum is pleased to announce that a new exhibit showcasing the history of girls and celebrating 100 years of Girl Scouting is opening March 12, and will run through December. A public reception is scheduled for Sunday, March 18.

Girl Scouts of the USA was started by Juliette "Daisy" Low. Low assembled 18 girls from Savannah, Georgia, on March 12, 1912, for a Girl Scout meeting. She believed that all girls should be given the opportunity to develop physically, mentally, and spiritually. With the goal of bringing girls out of isolated home environments and into community service and the open air, Girl Scouts hiked, played basketball, went on camping trips, learned how to tell time by the stars, and studied first aid. From that meeting, Girl Scouts of the USA blossomed into a worldwide organization that has touched the lives of more than 50 million American women.

Girl Scouts in our area have gone to many different camps that the council offers. Our Council, Girl Scouts of Minnesota and Wisconsin Lakes and Pines, have camps in Walker, Spicer, Duluth and Minong Wis. Girls can attend variousÊcouncil programs on topics that interest them. Through Girls Scouts, many girls make new friends andÊlearn valuable life skills to grow as individuals.

"Girl Scout Week is an opportunity to celebrate the long and proud history of Girl Scouting and to engage our girls in making our communities and the world a better place," said Leigh Ann Davis, CEO for Lakes and Pines. "It is also an opportunity to thank the countless committed volunteers in our community who give so much to Girl Scouting all year long. With your support, we are able to continue to offer girls ofÊKimball AreaÊthe encouragement, coaching and resources they need to develop their leadership skills."

Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place. Girl Scouts of Minnesota and Wisconsin Lakes and Pines serves girls in northern Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin. The leadership development program is open to all girls in kindergarten through grade 12. Adult volunteers are needed to guide and mentor girls. Membership costs $12 annually. Girls can join a troop or participate in camp, events, or travel. To join, volunteer, or donate to Girl Scouts of Minnesota and Wisconsin Lakes and Pines, contactÊSarah Zipoy (320) 398-6281,Êor visit www.gslakesandpines.org.