Shawnee Council marks 35 years this month

February 26, 1998|By Kate Coleman

Shawnee Girl Scout Council is having a birthday - the big 35th.

The council serves more than 6,000 Girl Scouts and 1,500 adult volunteers in 15 counties in Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

We asked readers to share Girl Scout memories. They had different troops and leaders, camped in different places, worked on different badges, but they share a fondness for their scouting experiences. Call it a Brownie smile.

Girl Scouting has come a long way from the first gathering of 18 girls in Savannah, Ga., nearly 86 years ago. It was March 12, 1912, that Juliette Gordon Low, founder of the organization, held the first troop meeting. In 1932, March 12 was designated as the official Girl Scout Birthday.


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.

Coming events

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


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