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The Year of the Girl, 100-year Girl Scout anniversary event will be held from 9 a.m. to noon March 10 at Cumming Elementary School. Former Girl Scouts and troop leaders are welcome. For more information, call (770) 205-9252 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Once upon a time, a group of girls in Savannah gathered for a meeting.
The goal was to become part of the community, play outside and develop physically, mentally and spiritually.
A century later, more than 3.2 million Girl Scouts meet worldwide, with more than 50 million alumnae.
To celebrate, four girls from a Forsyth County troop are organizing a Girl Scout reunion, welcoming area Scouts from the past 100 years.
“Lots of people don’t know that if those alumnae hadn’t chosen to be Girl Scouts, then Girl Scouts wouldn’t be around today,” said fifth-grade Scout Lucia Morris.
“Because if they didn’t stay interested for as long as they were interested, people wouldn’t be interested in it today. It makes a difference in people’s lives because everyone is united and it’s all across the globe.”
Morris and her friends from Troop 14254 have gone to retirement communities, the county school system, local churches and civic groups in search of former Girl Scouts.
The goal, she said, is to have between 100 and 200 former Scouts at the event on Saturday.
Morris’ mother Cindy, who’s also the troop leader, said the girls have done all the work.
“They lead everything, we’re just facilitators,” she said. “They plan and implement everything.”
The event will be simple, with the focus more on the guests than entertainment.
“It’s an open house,” Cindy Morris said. “It’s a drop-in, so people can drop by for as long as they want. They’re hoping they’ll get in touch with people who have kept in touch with former troop leaders so they can get some individual troops together.”
Those who attend the event are encouraged to bring badges, books, pins, uniforms and stories to participate in the memorabilia display.
They should also be prepared to take a trip down memory lane as the girls will be taking photos and video of guests.
The video will feature short interviews with attendees about their memories and the impact Girl Scouts has had on their lives.
“We’re planning on making a documentary with it and posting it on YouTube and sending it to Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta … so girls who are Girl Scouts now can go on and see what it was like to be a Girl Scout back then,” Lucia Morris said.
The girls are also working on a living timeline. It will include historical events, which have taken place in the 100 years since the organization formed in 1912, as well as troop events and memories of alumnae who attend the celebration.
“We’re going to have some people who are in college who were in Girl Scouts in the ’90s, but we’re also going to have some people that were girl scouts in the ’30s and ’40s so it will be exciting to see the different things that they did,” Lucia Morris said.
“They all had the same purpose and that was to help their community and their world.”