Girl Scouts 100th Birthday

March 12, 2012 by staff 

Girl Scouts 100th Birthday, In the 45 counties served by Girl Scouts of Central Indiana, 41,000 girls are Scouts in 3,000 troops, said Deana Potterf, spokesperson for Girl Scouts of Central Indiana.

The oldest Girl Scout in the area is Muriel Caldwell Reuter, who will turn 101 on July 2 and lives in Gnawbone, Ind., just outside of Nashville. The Philadelphia native became a Girl Scout in 1923, at age 12, in Norwalk, Conn. “I just adored being a Girl Scout. . . It set a standard for me of what a good person should be.” She was a stay-at-home mom, except for working as a crew leader on the 1950 census when she had the interesting experience of doing the farm census interview with former U.S. Vice-president Henry A. Wallace.

For a young girl in the moment, a Girl Scout merit badge is motivation.

When a Girl Scout becomes a woman, those badges represent memories and still-useful skills.

Lifelong Scout Maeve Van Hoorde, a Carmel resident who was a senior Scout in the early 1980s, said the Camping badge was her favorite. To earn it, she had to learn how to build a campfire, pitch a tent, cook meals over a fire, tie a knot and survive outdoors.

“They were definitely skills that I remember today,” said Van Hoorde, 48. “Not that I camp a lot anymore, but I certainly know how to.”

Today, women nationwide will celebrate the 100th birthday of the Girl Scouts, the organization in which they learned values, leadership and practical skills, often by earning those iconic badges. Since 1912, about 50 million girls have joined the Girl Scouts. About 3.2 million are currently involved, including 90,000 in Indiana. Local celebrations include luncheons, a ceremonial flag collection at the Indiana War Memorial and flash mobs reciting the Girl Scout promise.

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