In 2012, Girl Scouts celebrated 100 years of inspiring girls who change the world. River Valleys is proud to honor the legacy of our last 100 years and the promise of the next 100.
Great Girl Gathering
In March 2012, more than 140,000 Girl Scouts attended the Great Girl Gathering at the Mall of America® where they celebrated the birthday of the Girl Scout Movement with friendship, music, and fun activities. Participants came from 17 states and girls were welcomed to the event by Girl Scouts of the USA CEO Anna Maria Chavez and rocked to a Girl Scout concert featuring China Anne McClain and the McClain Sisters.
Centennial Awards Gala
In April, more than 1,100 guests attended the Centennial Awards Gala to celebrate 100 years of Girl Scouting and 100 outstanding women and three Honorable MENtions. Women were honored in the categories of community champion, forever green, guide, trailblazer, and women of promise.
The spectacular night raised $300,000 for ConnectZ, a River Valleys’ initiative to deliver Girl Scout programming to girls who traditionally lack access.
Centennial Day of Service
In October, more than 25,000 River Valleys’ Girl Scouts gave more than 80,000 service hours to protect our local waterways during the Centennial Day of Service.
Girl Scouts in 170 communities in 49 counties raked up 101,904 of bags of leaves and debris, which kept phosphorus from entering lakes and streams and prevented the growth of more than 10 million pounds of harmful algae growth. Girls also marked more than 6,000 storm drains with messages about keeping drains clear of pollutants like grass and leaves.
The extraordinary effort saved more than $6 million in environmental cleanup costs.