By 1944, Girl Scouts had passed one million members, and today, there are more than 2.5 million Girl Scouts, according to information provided by William L. Bulla, Director of Fund Development/Public Relations for Shawnee Girl Scout Council.
Girl Scouting is more than uniforms and cookies. Among a host of activities designed to help girls "catch their dreams," Shawnee Council is offering three new issues programs to help young people meet contemporary challenges:
Read to Lead program for girls ages 5 through 17 introduces reading and writing into routine Girl Scout activities.
Girls are Great activities are designed to help girls develop self-esteem and self-respect.
Connections confronts prejudice and increases respect for differences to help girls build concern for their own rights and the rights of others.
Cookies will arrive between Monday, March 2, and Wednesday, March 4.
Girl Scout Week begins on Girl Scout Sunday, March 8, and runs through Girl Scout Sabbath, Saturday, March 14.
Shawnee Council is having a birthday this year - 35 years of service.
The 35th annual meeting of Shawnee Council will be at Smithsburg High School Saturday, March 21. Elinor Johnstone Ferdon, national president of Girl Scouts of the U.S.A., will speak.
For information about Girl Scouting, contact the Shawnee Council office in Martinsburg, W.Va., at 1-304-263-8833, or the Hagerstown Service Center at 301-791-5686.
Read some Girl Scout Memories submitted by readers
Co-workers attended first Girl Scout roundup in 1956
Learning respect for the outdoors, others and the community
Like mother, like daughter
Scouting is all in the family
Spending time with 'sisters' made a difference
Troop stayed together for a decade