Monday marked a once-in-a-lifetime event in of Girl Scout history!
At precisely 19:12 (7:12 p.m.), thousands of girls and women joined hands in Promise Circles all over the United States to recite our Girl Scout Promise and Girl Scout law in celebration of the Girl Scouts' 100th birthday.
Just as Juliette Gordon Low energized the girls of Savannah, GA, with the first Girl Scout meeting on March 12, 1912, we let her spirit continue to energize and empower the Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana, our future leaders.
In New Lenox, the evening began at about 6 p.m. when all the troops, leaders, parents and family members gathered to enjoy and celebrate the 100th birthday at the .
The New Lenox Service Unit passed out green glow-in-the-dark necklaces for each Girl Scout. Each troop found a designated spot within the circle. There were three circles formed and approximately 500 people attended the ceremony.
At 7:12 p.m. the Girl Scout Promise and Girl Scout Law were recited and led by Mirian Baker, vice president of membership for the Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana. Each person in the circle had to make a Girl Scout Promise for their future and then squeeze the persons hand next to them and so on, until the last girl made her promise.
Once the circle was complete the ceremony concluded with the song Make New Friends. The troops were dismissed and asked to share in the celebration with a 100th birthday cupcake.
This evening was very special to many Girl Scout Senior Troops that will be graduating from high school and going on to college. They were able to celebrate the 100th year, which meant so much to them. This was a wonderful experience for the senior girls and all the New Lenox Girl Scouts.
Thank you to the New Lenox Service Unit for making this evening possible. Thank you to the Village Hall for allowing us to use their facilities. This was a wonderful and successful evening! Thanks to everyone for being part of this great celebration.