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Girl Scouts Celebrate Centennial on the National Mall in Washington DC

By May 28, 2012

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The Girl Scouts will celebrate their 100th anniversary with the Rock the Mall: 100th Anniversary Sing Along in Washington DC on June 9, 2012, 1-4 p.m. An estimated 200,000 Girl Scouts are expected to attend the event on the National Mall. The Girl Scouts was founded in 1912 when Juliette "Daisy" Gordon Low assembled 18 girls from Savannah, Georgia for a local meeting. She believed that all girls should be given the opportunity to develop physically, mentally, and spiritually. Within a few years, Low's dream for a girl-centered organization was realized. Today, Girl Scouts of the USA has a membership of over 3.2 million girls and adults.

The Smithsonian is celebrating the 100th anniversary of Girl Scouts with special displays, public programs, and discounts.
  • The National Museum of American History celebrates with "Girl Scouts 1912 - 2012," a special exhibit case highlighting the organization's history from its early years to today through uniforms, camping and community activities beginning June 1.

  • The National Portrait Gallery is presenting "Juliette Gordon Low and the 100th Anniversary of Girl Scouts" until May 2013. The painting of Juliette Gordon Low, a patent award, a membership pin and photographs of Low when she commemorated the 10th anniversary of the Girl Scouts are on view.

  • The National Museum of Natural History is offering the opportunity for Girl Scouts to learn about ocean science and environmental stewardship while creating a swap from recycled materials on Saturday, June 9 from 10 a.m. to noon.

  • Special discounts for Girl Scouts will be offered by the Smithsonian June 2-11 at the IMAX theaters, Planetarium, and Live Butterfly Pavilion.
Getting to the National Mall
The best way to get around Washington DC is by Metrorail. Metro Stations near the National Mall include Smithsonian, Federal Triangle, Metro Center, Gallery Place-Chinatown, Capitol South, L'Enfant Plaza, Federal Center SW, Archives-Navy Memorial, and Arlington National Cemetery.

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