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Centennial Kickoff Celebration: Honoring our past and looking to the future
Submitted by Mickki Langston
The July 23 and 24 Centennial Celebration kicks off Girl Scouts of Colorado’s year-long celebration of 100 years of Girl Scouts in our State. In 1917, the first Girl Scout council West of the Mississippi was formed in Colorado Springs, known as the Wagon Wheel Council. As we enter our 100th year in 2017, we are thrilled to celebrate the many accomplishments of Girl Scouts and look forward to the next century of growing girl’s leadership and making the world a better place.
The Centennial Kickoff Celebration takes place near the site of the 1959 Senior Roundup, a spectacular event which brought 10,000 girls from all over the world to Colorado Springs to share in the Girl Scouts sisterhood. A total of six Roundups have been held in various locations around the world, and were considered the highlight of a Girl Scout’s career. Here are a few photos of that event, which had a lasting impact on the lives of attendees:
Senior Girl Scouts at the 1959 Roundup in Colorado Springs
Another photo from the 1959 Roundup in Colorado Springs
Magazine Cover Featuring Roundup Followup
Special Pin from 1959 Roundup
Current sign which commemorates site of 1959 Roundup. The Centennial Kickoff Celebration event will take place steps from this sign.
At this summer’s event, attendees will learn more about the history of Girl Scouts in Colorado and share in our current sisterhood, which includes more than 24,000 girl and 10,000 adult members across the state. Badge activities across two days will focus on outdoor skills and legacy badges, and all attendees will receive Centennial Celebration t-shirts and patches.
Connecting to our past is an important part of understanding who we are. Very few organizations have the rich history and tradition of Girl Scouts. Girl Scouts are a part of more than a century of intentional sisterhood and the development of girl’s leadership. We look forward to seeing what today’s Girl Scouts will accomplish, as we continue to weave the story of Girl Scouting and the impact we have on ourselves, our fellow Girl Scouts and our larger communities.
All past, current and former Girl Scouts are invited to participate in this event with their families, in the biggest Girl Scout festival we’ve hosted in years. Find out more about lodging options and get your tickets now. We’ll post more information about our planned badge activities and other festivities in the coming weeks.
Let us know you’re attending the event by joining our Facebook event and inviting your Girl Scout sisters.
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