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A Century of Girl Scouts

Local Girl Scouts joined celebrations across the country marking a century since the founding of Girl Scouts by Juliette Gordon Low in Savannah.

On Saturday, Rockdale and Conyers Girl Scouts troops, troop leaders and supporters gathered to march over the Parker Road bridge, symbolically crossing over to the next century of the Girl Scout movement. A volunteer dressed as Low led the walk and added to the historic awareness of the celebration. The march was followed by festivities in Wheeler Park.

Low, a widow who had no children of her own, founded the Girl Scouts on March 12, 1912, recruiting the first troops over tea and cookies at a downtown Savannah mansion. Still going strong a century later with 2.3 million members, an estimated 5,000 Girl Scouts gathered in the group's birthplace to mark the occasion.