Happy 100th Birthday Girl Scouts!

By: Girl Scouts of Central Indiana

It’s Girl Scouts’ 100th anniversary – time to party ‘til the cows come home!

Girl Scouts celebrate 100 years today, March 12, 2012. In 1912, Girl Scout founder Juliette Gordon Low gathered 18 girls together in Savannah, Georgia, to begin a tradition that would eventually be replicated in millions of communities around the world. Juliette believed that girls should receive the same opportunities as boys to develop physically, mentally, and spiritually—and she and those who would follow in her footsteps have worked hard to ensure that what she started would flourish in the years ahead.

One hundred years later, Girl Scouts is the nation’s premier leadership organization for girls. We work on a broader scale and our girls navigate a more complex world than ever before, but some things remain the same. Each Girl Scout continues to benefit from connecting with her peers in an environment where she can build the confidence and skills she needs to become a leader. One of those leadership opportunities is the Girl Scout Cookie Program.

For more than 15 years, Girl Scouts of Central Indiana has partnered with the American Dairy Association to promote the Girl Scout Cookie Program. It’s the ideal partnership. Nothing goes better with Girl Scout cookies than an ice-cold glass of milk, right?

That’s right, but the reasons behind the partnership go much deeper.  When you purchase a box of Girl Scout cookies, you’re also investing in the nation’s largest financial literacy program for girls. By selling Girl Scout cookies, girls learn goal setting, decision-making, money management, people skills, and business ethics. These same skills are shared by dairy farmers across Indiana. We bet many of them were Girl Scouts, their sisters were Girl Scouts, and now their daughters are Girl Scouts.

But this ideal partnership doesn’t stop there. Girl Scouts provides healthy living programming that reinforces all elements of wellness, from body image to healthy eating habits and physical fitness. The American Dairy Association’s 3-Every-Day of Dairy initiative fits so nicely into the Girl Scouts’ health and wellness goals for girls.

So, break out the ice-cold bottle of milk and get out the Girl Scout cookies. It’s time to party ‘til the cows come home.

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