Girl Scouts celebrate 100 years of scouting at Patriots Point

March 13, 2012 by  

On Saturday, Girl Scouts and their families gathered from all parts of South Carolina in Mt. Pleasant to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Girl Scouting. The Girl Scouts will likely have used printing services to create flyers and brochures to announce the event and bring Girl Scouts from across the state to participate in the various events of the celebration.

The first event of the day was the crossing of the Arthur J. Ravenel Bridge by roughly 700 girls walking across the bridge in groups of 20. Momentous occasions in the Girl Scouts are often marked by bridge-crossing ceremonies and this one was the largest commemoration of its sort in South Carolina.

The bridge crossing was followed by a day-long event at Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum and featured girls wearing replica uniforms of those in 1912, appearances by Erika Powell Miss South Carolina USA and Kim Jackson, Naval Aviator and former Girl Scout, and concluded with a spectacular display of fireworks. Other activities included having the Goodwill Truck on site to collect household items and clothing, and a virtual time capsule, which was filled with photographs and videos, and a tree dedication to commemorate the occasion.

Sunday was the official anniversary and was marked by other celebrations around the around the country with special events occurring in Savannah, Georgia which is the birthplace of the founder of the Girl Scouts, Juliet Gordon Low. The United States Congress chartered the Girl Scouts of America on March 16, 1950. Today, girl members number 2.3 million and adult members, who primarily work as volunteers, number close to 900,000.