Recognizing the 100th Anniversary of the Girl Scouts of the USA

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Mr. LEVIN:  A century ago, Juliette Gordon Low proclaimed, "I've got something for the girls of Savannah, and all of America, and all the world, and we're going to start it tonight!"  This was the phone call to her cousin that started it all.  Ms. Low believed in the power and spirit of young women and was determined to make a difference.  And Ms. Low’s dream of creating an organization to develop young woman for pursuits out of the house began with a simple call.

A century later in Congress and across our nation we celebrate this wonderful organization that has built a significant and undeniable legacy of empowerment.  The Girl Scouts of the USA is one of the largest educational organizations for girls in the world and seeks to foster self-reliance and resourcefulness through outdoors activities and volunteerism.  The leadership skills and sense of civic awareness nurtured through an array of Girl Scouting activities has touched many lives, helping to mold strong, confident women.  

I am a proud cosponsor of a resolution in the Senate that designates 2012 as the “Year of the Girl” and congratulates the Girl Scouts of the USA on its 100th anniversary.  In addition, I supported legislation authorizing the minting of a commemorative silver dollar coin in 2013 recognizing this centennial celebration.  These honors are richly deserved and a fitting tribute to the Girl Scouts.  In Michigan, where more than 53,000 active Girl Scouts reside, there are a number of celebrations planned.

Since its inception, more than 50 million women have taken part in Girl Scouting activities.  These young women have made a difference in the lives of others and in communities across the nation.  From a group of 18 in 1912 to an organization of 3.7 million today, the Girl Scouts has consistently sought to shape the lives of young women through fun and diverse scouting activities.  The Girls Scouts of the USA has stayed true to its mission to “build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.”  And we don’t have to look very far to see results.  Impressively, near 60 percent of women in the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives are former Girl Scouts.  Indeed, successful women from all walks of life can surely point to their Girl Scout experience as a valuable part of their formative years.

Today, as we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Girl Scouts of the USA, I am delighted to offer my sincerest gratitude for the difference the Girl Scouts has made in the lives of young women.  From their humble beginnings in Savannah, Georgia, to the impressive service organization we honor today, the Girl Scouts has had a positive impact on our nation.  We look forward to the next 100 years of this remarkable organization and its members.