2012 marks the 100th anniversary of Girl Scouts of the USA, a national organization dedicated to building girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place. The movement began March 12, 1912 in Savannah, Georgia with 18 girls led by Juliette Gordon Low. Today Girl Scouts is 3.2 million girl scouts strong, over 850,000 of whom are adult volunteers. Robyn Brown, a 25-year girl scout and volunteer, and Virginia Brooks, a girl scout alumnae and long-time supporter, did their part to support the milestone year.

World Thinking Day

In June 2011 Robyn joined a special planning committee comprised of both Girl Scout staff and area volunteers to support the 100th anniversary momentum and celebrations in 2012.

Mattie Jenkins, a membership specialist for Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas (GSNETX), noted why she recommended Robyn for the volunteer position: “Based on my knowledge of Robyn as a troop leader for older girls (girls in grades 9th thru 12th), the planning committee would benefit from her creativity, planning and project management skills and her keen sense of knowing what young and older girls like and consider fun.”

The committee organized a 100th Anniversary Thinking Day event for area girls to look back on 100 years of Girl Scouts through each decade and imagine Girl Scouts of the future. World Thinking Day is an annual tradition where Girl Scouts and Girl Guides around the world celebrate their sisterhood and commonality through culture, music, art, and food – a perfect venue to kick-off many more celebrations scheduled throughout 2012. Over 1,500 girls and adults attended the event on February 4 – deemed a success by the organizers and attendees.

Girl Scout PSAs

“Robyn played a pivotal role in the planning, decision making and implementation stages of the event,” Jenkins said. “Robyn’s signature mark was the idea to create a compilation of public service announcements (PSA) by Girl Scouts describing what they like about Girl Scouts to be featured on GSNETX website. Robyn also choreographed a historical Girl Scout timeline in a video format that was played throughout day at the event for participants to see. I am proud of Robyn’s contribution.”

To teach and encourage girls to contribute PSAs, Robyn filmed and edited a video featuring Virginia Brooks and long-time friend Sharon Parsons who shared their experiences attending the 1965 Girl Scout Senior Roundup in Farragut, Idaho. They also described how Girl Scouts has impacted their lives:

“Girl Scouting has been a lifelong experience for me,” said Parsons. “I have carried friendships and values, love for the outdoors and especially all those songs. It was a very enriching experience and one that I will treasure.”

Brooks added that her years as a Girl Scout gave her the confidence to challenge herself and believe that anything was possible if you tried. “It gave me a framework to push and challenge myself to try things that I wasn’t positive I could do. I can’t recall any other area of my life that encouraged me to step out of my comfort zone and be willing to try new experiences,” she said.

Watch the interview with Virginia and Sharon to hear their more of their stories.

Girl Scout Senior Roundup – Sharon and Virginia from Brooks & Associates PR on Vimeo.

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