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Scarsdale Edgemont Girl Scouts Celebrate 100 Years

SCARSDALE, N.Y. – Girl Scouts from Edgemont and Scarsdale, along with their families, gathered Saturday at the Betty Taubert Girl Scout House in Scarsdale to celebrate 100 years of Girl Scouting.

Saturday's weather – warm and sunny – provided a perfect setting for the indoor-outdoor event, where the biggest concern seemed to be whether the Thin Mint cookies would start to melt.

More than 600 girls are in the Scarsdale Edgemont Girl Scouts , which includes girls in kindergarten through 12th grade from all the elementary, middle and high schools in Scarsdale and Edgemont, event organizer Mary Ellis said.

The Girl Scouts trace their roots to March 12, 1912, when Juliette Gordon Low assembled 18 girls in Savannah, Ga., for the first Girl Scout troop meeting. Today, according to a statement, one in every two adult women in the U.S. has been a Girl Scout, and there are 3.2 million active members.

The aroma of grilled burgers wafted across the athletic fields outside the Girl Scout House, where display booths and vendors set up and girls ran an obstacle course. There were cold drinks, cotton candy and the iconic Girl Scout cookies for sale.

Inside the house, tables of cupcakes decorated with Girl Scout themes awaited judging – and eating – while Scarsdale Edgemont Girl Scout leaders Diana Kiel and Dorothy Kroenlein showed off Girl Scout displays both past and present.

There was a poster commemorating the Siberian Huskies, a Scarsdale-Edgemont group that designed a sled to take part in a 2008 event modeled on the Boy Scouts' Klondike Derby. The Junior Girl Scouts took first place in the competition at Rock Hill Camp in Mahopac, competing in events such as cooking, fire building and teamwork.

Another display included a letter about a Gold Award project involving learning to fly. The letter included mention of four generations of Scouts from the family, all of whom had learned to fly.

A rack of old Girl Scout uniforms included an original top from 1912, and another top from the Mariner Scouts, a group discontinued in the 1960s. Kroenlein said that, at one time in the 1950s, "every girl in the senior class" at Scarsdale High was a Mariner Scout.

Kroenlein said the Scouts are looking for more memorabilia, and asked that anyone who has Girl Scout items, press clippings or scrapbooks that are destined for the trash bin or a thrift shop give her a call at 914-723-6532.

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