Greenbelt in 2012

A photo blog about Greenbelt, Maryland in its 75th anniversary year

Girl Scouts Celebrate 100th Birthday

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March 14

Girl Scouting was founded by Juliette Gordon Low on March 12, 1912, and this year scouts all of the country are celebrating their 100th birthday. On March 14, two Greenbelt troops, Troop 5859 that usually meets at Greenbelt Community Church and Troop 4128 that usually meets at Springhill Lake Community Center, gathered at Greenbelt Community Church for a 100th-birthday celebration.

12 scouts are in attendance, 6 from Troop 5859 and 6 from 4128. Here they are starting their bingo game. Standing on the right is Karen Yoho, leader for Troop 5859, and on the left, Michelle Spezzacatena is her assistant.

Elizabeth gets a pen.

Alyssa fills out the bingo sheet.

Serena celebrates a good number. Karen Yoho, sitting behind the group, is reading the bingo numbers.

Taryn celebrates a good number.

Karen Yoho, leader of Troop 5859, writes “Happy 100” on the blackboard, as Coco Tinsley, leader of Troop 4128, takes the birthday cake out of the box.

100 anniversary pins on a tablecloth with daisies. Juliette Gordon Low’s nickname was “Daisy” and her niece Daisy Gordon Lawrence was the first registered Girl Scout.

10 candles each representing 10 years

Yoho lights the candles.

The scouts sing “Happy Birthday.”

“Happy birthday to us!”
“How old are you?”
“A hundred!”
“May God bless us.”


Now it’s time to eat the cake.

Naomi sings the Johnny Appleseed blessing before eating her cake.

Mary Alyce, Yoho’s daughter, brings water for everybody.

Coco Tinsley distributes mini chocolate eggs.

Elizabeth, Serena, and Carly enjoy their birthday cakes, grape soda, chocolate eggs, and ice cream.

Starr enjoys her cake,

Shayna enjoys her ice cream.

Accidents are inevitable. Michelle Spezzacatena (third from right) and Monee Gardner (second from left) clean up soda spills.

After everybody has finished eating, it is time to put away the chairs.

Alyssa shows me the badges on her vest, from World Thinking Day to Juliette Low’s 150th birthday on October 31, 2010, Girl Scout cookies booth sale, and Washington Nationals Scout Day.

Next it is the candle ceremony. The scouts made candles with daisies on them for this special occasion.

Karen Yoho starts the ceremony: “Long ago a special ceremony was held. Daisy Gordon Lawrence, Juliette Gordon Low’s niece was the first registered Girl Scout. She wanted her Girl Scouts to carry a special spark with them as their Scout group broke up. Some girls from the troop were moving away, working to help their families, or wanting to help a group of girls a little younger than themselves. As the girls stood in a circle holding candles they had made, Daisy knew what spark it was that she was to pass. She lit her candle and spoke. ‘With this candle I give each of you something very special to pass on. As I light the candle on my right, I ask each of you to light the candle to your right and pass it on. I want you to carry this thought with you wherever you go. This is the Eternal Flame for Girl Scouts. After all have lit their candle, we will repeat the Girl Scout Promise, then pause and recall a few of the things we have done together as a group.’”


Michelle Spezzacatena lights Karen Yoho’s candle first. Yoho tells the group that Daisy Gordon Lawrence started this ceremony in the 1960s, and Yoho’s candle came to her already lit. It can be traced to the first Eternal Flame ceremony.

Each lights the candle to her right.

After all the candles have been lit, the Girl Scout Promise is repeated:

On my honor, I will try:
To serve God and my country,
To help people at all times,
And to live by the Girl Scout Law.


Yoho then asks the girls to share what they enjoy doing together as a group, and the answers are:

Sharing friendship as a Girl Scout family
Spending time together
Having fun
Playing together
Working together
Laughing and singing and hanging out together
Doing everything together

Mary Alyce is particularly intrigued by her blue flame.

It is time to blow off the candle.

There is a lot of playing around.

Yoho puts the 100 anniversary pin on her daughter Mary Alyce’s vest.

Carly receives her pin.

Starr receives her pin.

Everybody, scouts, leaders, and parents, joins hands for the closing circle.

Day is done
Gone the sun
From the lakes
From the hills
From the sky
All is well
Safely rest
God is nigh


Greenbelt Girl Scout Troop 4128 and Troop 5859


Written by eric

March 16, 2012 at 8:00 am

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9 Responses

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  1. What warm, vivid pics! What memories these girls are creating! Do boy scouts have nearly as much fun?

    Jim Link

    March 16, 2012 at 11:40 am

    • How could they?!?! Thanks, Jim! Eric did capture the 1-1/2 hour event very well. What he failed to mention was that cake and grape soda added to the energy level!

      Karen Yoho

      March 16, 2012 at 12:13 pm

  2. Very nice; thank you Eric for sharing these great images!

    Claude Aubert

    March 16, 2012 at 12:55 pm

  3. Great 100th birthday celebration! Thank you for sharing these Michelle and sparking some wonderful memories of your days as a scout. I can’t wait to hear of your future activities and adventures.

    Lucy Spezzacatena

    March 16, 2012 at 1:47 pm

  4. Fantastic pictures, thank you Eric. I am so thankful to live in such a wonderful city with so many caring parents. It was such a great experience for our troop (4128) to share with our sister troop (5859). Serena and I thank you all for such a truly exciting and memory making time. Thank you, Karen, Michelle and Coco. See you all soon. God Bless. Happy 100th Birthday Girl Scouts.

    Anitra Byers

    March 16, 2012 at 2:52 pm

  5. A great warm thank you for everyone who made this special evening of celebration possible. It definitely brought back nice warm fuzzy moments of my own girl scouting days as well. Seeing it play out in my daughter’s life means the world to me. There are so many negative things in this world, that it’s so refreshing when something positive and meaningful occurs. Long live Girl Scouts!!!

    Joanne (Jody) Heintzelman

    March 19, 2012 at 9:56 am

  6. Wonderful Celebration! Thanks for sharing!

    Marci Booth

    March 20, 2012 at 8:49 am

  7. Long Live the Girls Scouts! Congratulations on their 100th Birthday. Thanks for sharing these great pictures with me Anitra. Everyone look like they were having fun.
    Meena Gaafar

    meena gaafar

    March 21, 2012 at 3:13 pm

  8. […] year, Girl Scouts all over the country are celebrating their 100th anniversary. In March, I visited a celebration by two Greenbelt troops (4128 and 5859), and in June, Girl Scouts from across the country will be […]

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