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Happy Birthday, Girl Scouts of America! A Huge 2012 Event

The Girl Scouts of America were founded on March 12, 1912 in Savanna, Georgia

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In Northern California, there are an estimated 50,000 children and 32,000 adults inviting their families and friends to attend the local ‘Girl Scouts of America’100-year Birthday Party celebration on May 5, 2012, in the Alameda Fair Grounds. Tickets are on sale now for this large-scale event that is expected to draw Girl Scout members and alumni from all sections of the country; reserve your ‘One Hundred Fun Hundred’ tickets early to ensure availability. As of January 2012, this huge Girl Scout event is over half sold out.

For ticket information: Girl Scouts at http://ohfh.eventbrite.com/?ref=ecount

2012 Girl Scout Golden Gate Bridge Ceremony

The Girl Scouts of America were founded on March 12, 1912 in Savanna, Georgia by Juliette Gordon Low. Each year, as Girl Scout participants grow older, they cross a bridge into their new higher positions. During recent years, Northern California Girl Scouts have sponsored huge Golden Gate Bridge crossing ceremonies for participants from all parts of the United States to attend, near to their March 12 birthday date.

For 2012, a large replica of the Golden Gate Bridge will be built at the Alameda Fair Grounds to accommodate the expected 20,000 participants who may need to walk over a bridge and into their advanced positions within the scouting movement. In 2011, national media coverage showed scenes of up to 6,000 Girl Scouts attempting to walk over the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco and into pick-up locations beside Sausalito.

The May 5, 2012 ‘One Hundred Fun Hundred’ event at the Alameda Fairgrounds will include a special performance by Manika, Radio Disney excitement and a grand finale that includes a stunning fireworks display. This year, it is possible for the people visiting the Alameda Fairgrounds for the ‘One Hundred Fun Hundred’ event to camp onsite at the end of the festivities, with a pre-registration process that is found while buying tickets.

How Your Business Can Be Involved:

The ‘Fun Hundred One Hundred’ Girl Scout Birthday Party event at the Alameda Fairgrounds is an international event. Crowds of over 20,000 people are expected to attend this extra-large festival. The Northern California Girl Scout team is searching for responsible adult volunteers to lend a hand with the attractions. Volunteer positions are available on Friday, Saturday or Sunday and throughout the overnight camping dates. Volunteers receive reduced or free admission to this large fairground gathering.

Local clubs and businesses can arrange to host a booth that provides a game, craft or activity for ‘One Hundred Fun Hundred’ attendees to explore. The Girl Scouts of America are a non-profit organization. Clubs and businesses should contact their tax consultants to learn about the ways that contributions can be made to this popular organization. With over 20,000 people to be milling around the fairgrounds, a youthful craft or game booth could provide an excellent level of exposure for local businesses.

For ‘One Hundred Fun Hundred’ volunteer or booth information, contact:

Georgia Kopel at 800-447-4475 ext. 3013 or gkopel@girlscoutsnorcal.org

Busses Are Running For the ‘One Hundred Fun Hundred’ Event

The Girl Scouts are sponsoring busses to deliver passengers from Northern California locations to the Alameda Fairgrounds for the ‘One Hundred Fun Hundred’ event. Bus fares include options for overnight camping at the fairgrounds and round-trip options. All children under the age of 18-years planning on attending the Girl Scout Birthday Party at the fairgrounds must be properly chaperoned by Scout leaders or another adult.

Girl Scout busses are available in: Chico, Crescent City, Eureka, Garberville, Novato, Orland, Petaluma, Red Bluff, Redding, Santa Rosa, Ukiah, Vacaville and Yreka to attend this fun-filled event. Tickets are on sale now, with limited registrations available. From Sausalito, it is possible for people to dial 511 to learn about the public transportation options that are available to take people to the Pleasanton, CA, Alameda Fairgrounds.

Hotel Discounts:

The City of Pleasanton and locations in San Francisco traditionally offer Girl Scout event day discounts on lodging packages. For the 2012 ‘One Hundred Fun Hundred’ fairground event, it is possible to check with the Pleasanton Hilton, Marriott and Holiday Inn chains to determine their Girl Scout event discount codes. In San Francisco, the Fisherman’s Wharf Holiday Inn and Fisherman’s Wharf Hilton are the favorite Girl Scout supporters.

During non-birthday Girl Scout years, thousands of Girl Scouts meet to walk across the Golden Gate Bridge during the Northern California Bridging weekend. It is possible for all hotels offering package deals or discounts in Sausalito and other Marin County towns to contact the Northern California Girl Scout Council prior to these events to have their lodging offerings or discount passes listed for consideration on the official GS Websites.

Other 2012 Girl Scout 100th Birthday Celebrations:

March 12, 2012 Town Square Events: Girl Scouts from the San Francisco Bay areas and all across America are meeting at the heart of their communities on March 12, 2012 to celebrate the first Girl Scout meeting together. Participants will start counting down the minutes and seconds before the time: 7:12 p.m. when a nationwide cheer will be heard to celebrate the start of the second hundred years for the Girl Scout movement.

March 12, 2012 Bay-Area City Proclamations:

All Northern California Cities are being asked by local Girl Scouts to participate in issuing an official Proclamation to honor the past, present and future Girl Scouts that reside in their communities during the 100-year Birthday Celebration during the week of March 11-17, 2012. The official Girl Scout Website has sample request letters, sample Proclamations and a helpful list of ideas for Girl Scout enthusiasts to use for this event.

For more information, contact: Deborah Holden dholden@girlscoutsnorcal.org (727) 524-9202 or, visit http://www.girlscoutsnorcal.org/documents/100th_Proclamation_Requests_eng_and_spanish.pdf

She’s Got Talent Competition: This event is open to all ages of past and present Girl Scouts and Girl Scout volunteers. Talented individuals and groups should prepare a DVD or video of their act that is less than 5-minutes long. The winner of this competition performs during the final act before the fireworks display at the 2012 ‘One Hundred Fun Hundred’ Girl Scout Birthday event at the Alameda Fairgrounds on May 5, 2012. The fairground event is expecting a crowd of over 20,000 people for this performance.

For more information, contact: Bree Ponce bponce@girlscoutsnorcal.org

2012 Tree Planting Project: The Northern California Girl Scouts will continue to participate in tree planting projects around their communities.

For more information about how to participate in planting trees in your community: http://www.girlscoutsnorcal.org/pages/events/100thtrees.html

Happy Birthday, Girl Scouts!

In America, over 50 million women have participated in the Girl Scout movement since its birth on March 12, 1912. A part of the Girl Scout philosophy is to include all girls in the Girl Scout fun despite income levels, political alignments or disabilities. During the first Great Depression, membership fees were waived to girls from disadvantaged areas, World War II saw Girl Scout troops formed in Japanese interment camps and lately, there are troops that represent people from all nationalities, religions and sexual orientations.

It is easy to become a Girl Scout, a Girl Scout leader or a Girl Scout volunteer in the San Francisco Bay area. Registration fees are about $12.00; however, income-based lower fees and zero fees are available. Modern Girl Scouts are interested in diverse fields that can include environmental issues, computer sciences, community betterments and fun activities that cover a wide variety of artistic endeavors, camping opportunities or sports.

For more information about the very active Northern California Girl Scouts, and Girl Scout opportunities in Marin County, contact the Richardson Bay Girl Scout Service Unit Community Organizer: Janelle Rose (510) 562-8470 extension 3029.

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