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Proceedings, Debates of the U.S. Congress
June 20, 2012
112th Congress, 2nd Session
Issue: Vol. 158, No. 94 — Daily Edition
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RECOGNIZING THE 100TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE GIRL SCOUTS
(Extensions of Remarks - June 20, 2012)
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[Extensions of Remarks] [Page E1094] RECOGNIZING THE 100TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE GIRL SCOUTS ______ HON. ADAM SMITH of washington in the house of representatives Wednesday, June 20, 2012 Mr. SMITH of Washington. Mr. Speaker, I rise to honor the 100th Anniversary of the Girl Scouts of the United States of America and the designation of 2012 as the Year of the Girl. I. 1912, Daisy Low began the Girl Scouts Movement with only 18 girls. Low's mission was to give girls the opportunity to develop skills in self-reliance and resourcefulness that will help them as professional women and citizens. Over the years, more than 50 million girls and women have participated in the Girl Scouts, giving them the tools to lead with courage, confidence and character. Some of the most accomplished women in public service, business, science, education and the arts are alumnae of the Girl Scouts. Today, Girl Scouts of the USA is developing more programs to help girls become more involved in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM), environmental stewardship, healthy living, financial literacy, and global citizenship. Across the country, Girl Scouts dedicate over 70 million hours of service to their communities annually. Girls who achieve their Gold Award, the highest achievement a Girl Scout can earn, take extraordinary steps to solve a problem and make a lasting impact on their community. Mr. Speaker, it is with great pleasure that I honor the great accomplishment of the Girl Scouts of the USA. I know today's Girl Scouts will be part of the next generation of women leaders in our country. ____________________