New York (September 12, 2007)- Following in the rich history and tradition of Girl Scouting, Girl Scouts of the USA is joining The Future of Life Inc. in a nationwide community service project that promotes environmental awareness and civic responsibility. Throughout the Girl Scouts 95th year, Girl Scouts will plant up to 30,000 trees nationwide, making a significant impact on the environment.
2007: Girl Scouts of the USA CEO Kathy Cloninger and Girl Scouts from the New York metro area come together for a ceremonial tree planting to launch a nationwide environmental service project and mark Girl Scouts 95th anniversary at Edith Macy Conference Center, the Girl Scout training and leadership Institute that grew from Camp Edith Macy.
This initiative began on March 12, the Girl Scout birthday and the start of “Make the World a Better Place” week. Girl Scout CEO Kathy Cloninger, Future of Life Director Bernard J. David, and Girl Scouts from the New York metro area came together for a ceremonial tree planting at Edith Macy Conference Center in Briarcliff Manor, N.Y. (watch video of this event)This location and natural setting is the same site where Girl Scout founder Juliette Gordon Low joined delegates from 29 countries in a tree-planting ceremony at the Fourth International Conference in 1926.
1926: Girl Scout founder Juliette Gordon Low joined delegates from 29 countries in a tree-planting ceremony at the Fourth International Conference at the newly opened Camp Edith Macy.
This tree-planting project is part of a larger Future of Life initiative called Trees for the 21st Century, which will encourage all girls to take a leadership role to improve their communities and discover and appreciate the Earth and all of its natural elements-an inherent part of Girl Scouting since its founding in 1912. For more information on Girl Scout programs creating environmental awareness, visit our environmental program page.