Girl Scouts are turning 100
Known for their dangerously delicious cookies, the Girl Scouts are turning 100. The anniversary comes on the same month as Women’s History Month. To commemorate both, D.C.’s Madame Tussauds has announced the creation of a wax figure of Girl Scout’s founder Juliette Gordon Low.
The figure of Low will debut this May. Monday’s announcement comes ahead of a series of initiatives celebrating the Girl Scouts' anniversary—leading up to the Girls Scouts Rock the Mall event in June. The event, which is a sing along, will host over 200,000 girls and adults on the National Mall.
"Juliette Gordon Low is a national icon whose legacy lives on through the Girl Scouts and the millions of girls and women who have benefited from what she started so many years ago," said Dan Rogoski, General Manager of The Presidents Gallery by Madame Tussauds.
"Our figure will serve as a tribute to Juliette Gordon Low's place in American history and we know guests, especially the millions of Girl Scouts nationwide, will enjoy interacting and taking photos alongside her wax twin,” Rogoski said.
"How exciting to have Juliette Gordon Low arrive in Washington, D.C. just in time to join the celebration of the Girl Scouts 100th Anniversary," said Lidia Soto-Harmon, CEO, Girl Scout Council of the Nation's Capital. "We are honored to have our founder immortalized in wax by Madame Tussauds as we prepare to host the largest gathering of Girl Scouts on the National Mall, June 9, 2012."
Low created the organization on March 12, 1912 when she assembled 18 girls from Savannah, Georgia, for a local Girl Scout meeting. “She believed that all girls should be given the opportunity to develop physically, mentally, and spiritually. With the goal of bringing girls out of isolated home environments and into community service and the open air, Girl Scouts hiked, played basketball, went on camping trips, learned how to tell time by the stars, and studied first aid,” a statement from Madame Tussauds said.
Since then, Girl Scouts of the USA has a membership of over 3.2 million girls and adults.