Girl Scouts host exhibit

Published 10:38 pm Friday, January 6, 2012

Even people who have never sold a single box of Thin Mints will enjoy being green at the Suffolk Art Gallery’s newest exhibit.

The exhibit, “Girl Scouts: Forever Green,” will commemorate the 100th anniversary of Girl Scouts. The exhibit is co-hosted by the Girl Scout Council of Colonial Coast, which serves nearly 22,000 members in southeastern Virginia and northeastern North Carolina.

The exhibit also marks the beginning of the annual Girl Scout cookie season.

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“It’s going to be a really big, exciting year for the Girl Scouts,” said Kelly Welsh, community relations manager for the Girl Scout Council of Colonial Coast. “It’s going to be an amazing exhibit.”

The show, which runs through Jan. 31, will include items such as a Girl Scout cookie tin from the 1930s, a cookie box from the 1940s, early handbooks, and uniforms, a letter written by Girl Scouts founder Juliette Gordon Low and artwork created by Brownie Scouts program founder Edith Price.

Welsh said she thinks anyone will enjoy seeing the exhibit.

“If you really think about it, everyone has been touched by Girl Scouting in some way, shape or form,” she said. “If you haven’t been a Girl Scout, somebody in your family has been. It’s all connected.”

The exhibit will trace the history of the Girl Scouts from the organization’s founding on March 12, 1912, in Savannah, Ga., to the present.

“The exhibit will help launch the Girl Scout anniversary year,” said Tracy Keller, chief executive officer of the Girl Scout Council of Colonial Coast. “We will be celebrating throughout 2012 with special events, including exhibits and a birthday community service project.”

Welsh said the exhibit will inform people — no matter what their Scouting background — regarding what Girl Scouts is all about.

“To see how far Girl Scouting has come is going to be really eye-opening,” she said. “Anyone would thoroughly enjoy the exhibit, and I hope it sparks conversation about Girl Scouting.”

The Suffolk Art Gallery is located at 118 Bosley Ave. It is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

To find out about all the Girl Scout anniversary events, visit the council’s website at