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(NEW YORK) — The Girl Scouts officially turn 100 years old Monday.

On March 12, 1912, Juliette Gordon Low organized the first Girl Scout troop in Savannah, Ga.  Low founded the Girl Scouts after meeting Robert Baden Powell, the founder of the Boy Scouts.

The Girl Scout Mission statement declares, “Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.”

Today, there are more than three million girls and adult members involved in Girl Scouts in the U.S., and a total of some 10 million girls and adults in 145 countries.

The organization says more than 50 million American women participated in girl scouting when they were children.

Numerous ceremonies have already marked the centennial, with more events planned throughout the year.

The Girl Scouts have designated 2012 “The Year of the Girl.”

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