Kaia Major, a cadette in Troop 27376 in Hephzibah, achieved a special goal for the Girl Scouts’ 100th birthday. She sold more than 1,000 boxes of cookies this year, but Kaia is most happy to wear the Scout uniform when she’s serving the community with new and old friends.
On Monday, the local Girl Scout chapter celebrated the centennial of Juliette Gordon Low’s founding of the first troop March 12, 1912, with a sunrise and sunset service at Camp Tanglewood singing songs and making s’mores. More than 200 Scouts crossed the Savannah River on the Fifth Street bridge Saturday, echoing a rite of passage called “bridging” that girls pass through as they progress in Scouting.
In Savannah, Ga., the Girl Scout birthplace, thousands were estimated to have walked across the Talmadge Bridge on Saturday morning. Lily Jaremski and seven friends from Troop 20032 in Evans shared a box of Samoas, one of the Girl Scout cookies sold every year, as they made the 45-minute walk.
“Over the course of 100 years, 50 million women have been involved in Girl Scouts and Girl Guides across the world,” said Lily, 11.
About 2,400 Girls Scouts are enrolled in the Augusta area, with an additional 1,000 adult members, said Juliette Williams, the Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia registrar.
A seventh-grader at Riverside Middle School, Lily joined Girl Scouts as a Daisy in kindergarten and is working to earn her Silver Award, the second-highest Girl Scout award.
“I think it would be great if we could have an international event for the 200-year anniversary,” she said.
Lily wants to stay a Girl Scout forever, even through the memory of being attacked by mosquitoes on a troop trip to the beach sticks out in her mind.
Around the world, there are 2.3 million girl members and 880,000 adult members working primarily as volunteers, according to Girl Scouts of the USA.