New Jersey's First Lady, Mary Pat Christie has been named the Honorary Chair of the Girl Scouts 100th Anniversary year-long celebration in New Jersey. Founded by Juliette Gordon-Low, who coordinated the first Girl Scout Troop in Savannah, Georgia, the organization will mark its 100-year milestone on March 12, 2012.
“For 100 years, the Girl Scouts have empowered, challenged and inspired young girls in New Jersey, across the nation and around the globe,” said Mrs. Christie. “As a former member and current Girl Scout mom, I recognize the important role the organization provides in helping each scout find and develop her individual potential and learn important life skills through leadership and service activities. Girl Scouts instill a sense of personal pride and achievement for participants and I am honored to be part of this centennial commemoration.”
Approximately 145,000 girls and adults are current members of the Girl Scouts in New Jersey. Alumnae of the program total in the hundreds of thousands in the Garden State and total over 50 million in the United States.
"We are delighted that Mrs. Christie will be celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the Girl Scouts with us. As First Lady, as a Girl Scout parent, and as a successful businesswoman, Mrs. Christie sets a tremendously positive example for more than 100,000 active Girl Scouts who proudly call New Jersey home,” said Helen Wronski, CEO, Girl Scouts of Northern New Jersey.
The 100th anniversary of Girl Scouting provides an opportunity to celebrate with current members, reconnect with former members, and recruit new members while reaching out to past, present, and future donors and volunteers and the community at large.
New Jersey’s four Girl Scout councils, which consist of Girl Scouts Heart of New Jersey, Girl Scouts of Central & Southern New Jersey, Girl Scouts of Northern New Jersey and Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore, have joined forces to plan three signature events for the occasion: a bridging ceremony over the George Washington Bridge in Fort Lee, a bridging ceremony over the Ben Franklin Bridge in Camden, both on November 13, 2011, and a Girl Scout Jamboree/Camporee called The B.I.G. (Believe in Girls) Celebration:100 Years from June 22 – 24, 2012 at Liberty State Park in Jersey City.
As part of the year-long festivities, the Girl Scout Councils of New Jersey have launched their 100th anniversary website at www.girlscouts100nj.org to provide new networking opportunities for Girl Scouts past and present and also will serve as an important tool in recruiting new members to join the Girl Scout community.
Girl Scouts is the world’s preeminent organization dedicated solely to girls that affords an accepting and nurturing environment to help girls build character and skills for success in the real world.