For Immediate Release
Contact: Danita Terry, Director of Communications
Baltimore -- On March 12th the Girl Scout organization turns 107 years old. Girl Scouts of Central Maryland will celebrate National Girl Scout week March 10 -17 by challenging Girl Scouts across central Maryland to engage in G.I.R.L. -- Go-getter , Innovator , Risk-taker s and Leader activities, including working with the Hearing and Speech Agency (HASA) a Baltimore nonprofit that provides hearing health, speech-language, education, language access and inclusion programs to people of all ages. HASA will teach Girl Scouts sign language and how to use it to communicate the Girl Scout Promise. The training sessions will take place March 12 from 5-6:30 p.m. at Seton Drive and March 13 from 5-6 p.m. at Camp Ilchester. By learning about hearing loss and sign language, Girl Scouts will discover how they can communicate with individuals who have difficulty hearing or who cannot hear at all.
Many people know that Girl Scouts founder, Juliette Gordon Low, started the first Girl Scout troop on March 12, 1912, in Savannah, GA. She was determined to get girls and young women engaged in activities that would help them learn practical skills and build character. Low was an ardent believer in the potential of all girls and the importance of fostering their individual growth, character, and self-sufficiency. What many do not know is that for most of her life Juliette Gordon Low dealt with severe hearing loss. As a child she suffered frequent earaches and recurring bouts of malaria. At her wedding, a grain of rice tossed at her, punctured her eardrum and caused her to go deaf in one ear.
Despite her hearing loss, Low continued to build an organization that today serves millions of girl members and alumnae through a movement that is now global in scope. To celebrate the vision and service of Juliette Gordon Low and the movement she created to empower girls, throughout the week Girl Scouts will engage in STEM, outdoor, community service, and other leadership development activities.
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