Girl Scout week, which is March 10 to 16, commemorates the 90th anniversary of the founding of Girl Scouting in the United States. Tongass Alaska Girl Scout Council will celebrate this special anniversary with special events throughout the year.
"Juliette Gordon Low wanted every girl to learn new skills and have new experiences. When she began planning the first Girl Scout troop meeting she said, 'I have something for all the girls of Savannah and all of America,' said Lesley Thompson, executive director of the Tongass Alaska Girl Scout Council. "Ninety years later, we're still offering opportunities to help girls grow strong."
In the new millennium, Girl Scouts of the USA has established a research institute, received government funding to address violence against girls, and is currently addressing the "digital divide" with learning activities that encourage girls to go into science, math and technology fields.
"The 90th anniversary of Girl Scouting is not just a time to reflect on our accomplishments," said Thompson. "But more importantly to move forward to make sure that every girl in Southeast Alaska can develop into tomorrow's leaders. The Girl Scout program is committed to helping girls develop into responsible, caring adults who give back to our communities. In these challenging times, it becomes even more apparent the role this program plays in girls' lives."
Girl Scouts of the USA is the world's pre-eminent organization for girls, with a membership of more than 3.7 million girls and adults. Today, as when founded in 1912, Girl Scouts help cultivate values, social conscience, and self-esteem in young girls, while also teaching them critical life skills that will enable them to succeed as adults. In Girl Scouting--and its special girl-only environment--girls discover the fun, friendship, and the power of girls together.
The Tongass Alaska Girl Scout council serves 1,025 girls and 425 adult volunteers in 18 communities throughout Southeast Alaska. For more information on the Girl Scout program, phone 586-1710.