In 1912, founder Juliette Gordon Low organized the first Girl Scout troop in Savannah, Georgia.Â Now, the Girl Scouts have 2.3 million girl members in all 50 states and 92 countries, and boasts an impressive alumnae roster of 50 million women that includes Hillary Rodham Clinton, Condoleezza Rice, and others.Â Girl Scouts of the USA has become a premier advocate for issues important to girls, and for developing leadership skills among young women.
Girl Scouts of the USA is planning to designate 2012 as â€˜The Year of the Girlâ€™ to coincide with their 100th anniversary.Â They are planning an advocacy day for GirlÂ Scout Leadership from across the countryÂ on Capitol Hill in April, a Girls World Forum in Chicago in July, a major â€œState of the Girlâ€ report on 21st century issues and challenges for girls, among other initiatives.Â
On June 9, 2012, the localÂ Girl Scout Council of the Nation’s CapitalÂ will welcome 200,000 of their fellow Girl Scouts for â€œGirl Scouts Rock the Mall,â€ a giant Sing-Along around the Washington Monument to raise awareness of the benefits of Girl Scouting.Â (In the words of the organizers, itâ€™s â€œWoodstock for Girl Scoutsâ€ !)Â Although planning has just started, the Smithsonian will partner byÂ participating onÂ a passport of its museumsÂ for theÂ GirlÂ Scouts, as well as special displays, activities, and discountsâ€¦ and a visit with Juliette Gordon Low, in front of her portrait at the National Portrait Gallery.
How can Affiliates partner with us?
– Consider sponsoring a Smithsonian curator, scientist, or historian that was a former Girl Scout, to speak to your Girl Scout troop audience or general public throughout the year (especially during Womenâ€™s History Month in March!)
– Follow the lead of fellow Affiliate The Womenâ€™s Museum who will be collaborating on an exhibition about Girl Scouts at the Texas State Fair.Â Let us know the ways that you might be celebrating the Girl Scouts next year, so we can cross-promote your communityâ€™s activities with our national partners.
– Track your local Girl Scout troop if theyâ€™re coming to Washington, D.C. for ‘Girl ScoutsÂ Rock the Mall,’ and let us know who they are.Â Encourage the girls to send messages that can be tweeted on your feed, and through Smithsonian Affiliations social media outlets during the celebration.
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