Area Girl Scouting celebrates 99 years

RUTLAND - Girl Scouts from across Vermont join sister Girl Scouts nationwide in celebrating the 99th birthday of the founding of Girl Scouting in the United States this month.

For nearly a century, the Girl Scouts has stayed true to founder Juliette Gordon Low's vision of building girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.

"During Girl Scout Week, we renew our commitment to making the world a better place," said Patricia Mellor, chief executive officer of Girl Scouts in Vermont. "We know that if a commitment to helping others is learned early in life, it leads to a commitment for all of one's life."

Girl Scouts are encouraged to participate in religious services of their choice in uniform on these days to show that Girl Scouting is a vital part of the community. Girls also do community service.

Gordon Low founded Girl Scouting in March 1912 with one troop of 18 girls. Before women had the right to vote, Girl Scouts were earning their

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