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Girl Scouts to celebrate Girl Scout Week

From March 10-16, more than 3.2 million Girl Scouts around the country will celebrate Girl Scout Week and the 101st anniversary of Girl Scouts.

Self-discovery and community service were core values that Girl Scouts founder Juliette Gordon Low sought to instill in girls from the earliest days.

When the organization was founded on March 12, 1912, many girls' paths in life were limited. Low's vision was to establish an organization where any American girl could expand her personal horizon by having fun while exploring new interests and contributing to society.

"Girl Scout Week is an opportunity to celebrate the long and proud history of Girl Scouting and to engage our girls in making our communities and the world a better place," said Leigh Ann Davis, chief executive officer at Girl Scouts of Minnesota and Wisconsin Lakes and Pines

With leadership development at the organization's core, today's Girl Scouts take part in a vast array of activities from extreme sports to international travel and science and technology projects. They also gain knowledge about things such as business and economics.

About 10 percent of girls in kindergarten through 12th grade gain leadership skills through Girl Scouts.

For more information on how to join, volunteer, reconnect or donate to Girl Scouts, call the Alexandria office at (320) 759-1196.

Watch for the Echo Press Extra featuring Girl Scouts in the Friday, March 15 issue.