Girl Scouts - 100 Years Young

Charles E. Sutton | 6/7/2012, 3:16 p.m.

Through various experiences, such as sports skill-building clinics, community service projects, cultural exchanges, field trips, and environmental stewardships, girls develop stamina, strength and courage.

"I was always fascinated by our Girl Scout cookie drive. I remember wondering who baked these cookies, who packaged them, who made the packages, how were they shipped to me," said Kimberly Miller, a 40-year-old UPS executive from Indianapolis.

"Being a girl scout taught me to be thorough and comprehensive. So I researched the entire Girl Scout cookie process from end-to-end. There wasn't a single question anyone could ask me about those cookies that I couldn't answer. I've carried that same spirit of thoroughness throughout my life, and it has led me to an excellent career with UPS."

There's strength in numbers.

The Girl Scouts boast 3.7 million worldwide members, and 59 million alumnae, across 92 countries. Every year, in nearly every zip code in America, Girl Scouts provide a total of more than 70 million hours of direct service to communities.

"The greatest thing that Girl Scouting taught me is the importance of leadership," said Marissa Brown, an 18-year-old junior who attends the University of Maryland at College Park.

"As an 11th-grader my leadership skills enabled me to become president of my 25-girl troop. In that same year, I served as a board member of the Girl Scout Council of the Nation's Capital. As one of only two teen board members it gave me the opportunity to share my perspective with the board on what teen girls really want and need," Brown said.