In March, the local Girl Scout troops in San Ramon came to together to .
On Saturday, the party is going to be even bigger.
Girl Scouts of Northern California is celebrating the 100th Anniversary of Girl Scouting on May 5 by taking over the in Pleasanton for the largest 100th Anniversary Girl Scout celebration on the West Coast.
The "One Hundred, Fun Hundred" event is the 3rd largest Girl Scout celebration in the country during the Girl Scouts’ centennial year.
It will be a full day of fun and adventure from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. showcasing the best of girl scouting now and then with 20,000 girls, families, volunteers, and alumnae.
Participants are heading to Pleasanton from all across California, 34 states, and 5 countries: Brazil, South Korea, Canada, China, and Spain.
There will be more than 300 unique activities, performances, and ceremonies, led by Girl Scouts and over 220 organizations, vendors and performers.
Highlights of the celebration include a special appearance by Disney Channel star Caroline Sunshine from TV’s Shake It Up at a special Radio Disney Road Show, Mutual of Omaha’s Peter Gros from Wild Kingdom with his animal friends, an enormous Girl Scout flash mob, performances by teen pop stars Amber Lily and Manika, and a giant Smash Zone from the U.S. Tennis Association.
Plus, there will be rock climbing, zip lines, scuba, archery, a S’Mores recipe contest, robots, arts and crafts, technology exhibits, games, contests, a Girl Scout Heritage Museum, service projects, human foosball, fly fishing, outdoor skills, fireworks, and so much more!
“As we step into our next century, we are so excited to be putting together the Girl Scout experience of a lifetime and gather together to celebrate with Girl Scout sisters and supporters from across the globe!” Marina Park, CEO of Girl Scouts of Northern California, said in a press release.
“Girl Scouts is the nation’s premier leadership organization for girls, building girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place, and One Hundred, Fun Hundred will shine a bright light on all the ways we develop the skills and qualities we want in our leaders of tomorrow while remaining true to our core values of service and leadership.”
The public is invited to join Girl Scouts at One Hundred, Fun Hundred – especially adults who were formerly Girl Scouts and families interested in getting their girl involved today.
Tickets are $40 and include all activities except parking and food. Learn more and get tickets at GirlScoutsNorCal.org/OHFH
Girl Scout Facts:
• Girl Scouting started on March 12, 1912 with one woman, 18 girls, and a dream when founder Juliette Gordon Low organized the first group of Girl Scouts in Savannah, Georgia. A century later, there are 2.3 million Girl Scouts nationwide – including 47,000 here in Northern California.
• Girl Scouts NorCal encompasses 19 Northern California counties – from Gilroy to the Oregon border and Chico to the east – thanks to support from donors, community supporters, and 32,000 adult volunteers.
• Girl Scouting changes lives in so many ways in Northern California, through more than 4,100 traditional troops and through outreach to rural and urban communities where Girl Scouting has not been readily available. Each year, more than 10,000 girls attend camps where they make friends, learn skills, and appreciate nature, and 48,000 more attend programs like sailing a tall ship or programming a robot that can spark interest in a lifelong passion. The Girl Scouts’ most visible activity, selling Girl Scout Cookies, is more than an earning opportunity – it’s a learning opportunity where girls gain skills in financial literacy, goal setting, decision making, and business ethics.
• Everything girls do – whether it's performing science experiments, creating art projects, cooking simple meals, or learning to protect the planet's water supply – is a research-driven component of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience aimed at giving them the benefits of the Girl Scout "Keys to Leadership:" Discover, Connect, Take Action.
• Girl Scout Alumnae are changing the world. Two thirds of the nation’s most accomplished women in public service, business, science, education, the arts, and community life were Girl Scouts. Since 1912, more than 50 million women's lives have been positively influenced by their Girl Scout experience.
• 80 percent of women business owners were Girl Scouts.
• 69 percent of female U.S. Senators were Girl Scouts, and 67 percent of female members of the House of Representatives were Girl Scouts.
• Virtually every female astronaut who has flown in space was a Girl Scout.
Mae Jemison, the first African American woman in space, was a Girl Scout. So was Sandra Day O'Connor, the first female to sit on the Supreme Court of the United States. Dr. Drew Gilpin Faust, the first female president of Harvard University, and Katie Couric, the first woman to anchor a network evening newscast, both began their careers in Girl Scouting.
Visit GirlScoutsNorCal.org/alumnae to reconnect.