Girl Scouts celebrate 100th year

Published 9:31 pm Thursday, June 21, 2012

Girl Scouts from all over the world gathered at the Washington Monument to demonstrate the power of girl leadership.

Girl Scouts from Suffolk and the rest of Hampton Roads were among more than 200,000 Girl Scouts, former members and supporters who swarmed the National Mall in Washington, D.C., for the organization’s 100-year celebration June 9.

Among them was Girl Scout Council of Colonial Coast Board member Carolene Goodwyn-Harris. Carolene has been on the board for two years. Before becoming a board member, she was on the nominating committee.

“The experience was absolutely awesome and a little emotional,” Goodwyn-Harris said. “To so many Girl Scouts, both young and old, it was beautiful moment to be a part of.”


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This event was the largest gathering of Girl Scouts in history. Girls from around the world gathered to watch performances, participate in sing-alongs, meet fellow Girl Scouts and participate in other educational activities. Traditional and new Girl Scout songs were led by girls and women performers, with dynamic audience participation.

Erin Willett, finalist on TV’s “The Voice,” and “American Idol” finalist Thia Megia, provided some of the many performances at the event, along with actress, recording artist, and songwriter Mandy Moore, who emceed the last portion of the program.

Yoga, a fashion show and a news quiz game show from the Newseum were among many activities available for participants to enjoy.

Girl Scouts offer day and resident camp programs throughout the summer, where girls can learn skills and gain core values of inclusiveness and respect for self and others. Financial assistance is available.

For more information, contact the Girl Scout Council of Colonial Coast at 1-800-77SCOUT or visit