Steamboat Girl Scouts celebrate organization’s 100th anniversary |

Steamboat Girl Scouts celebrate organization’s 100th anniversary

Scott Franz
Courtnay Thunstrom and her daughter Daisy, 11, model old Girl Scout uniforms Sunday at Bud Werner Memorial Library. Girl Scouts in Steamboat Springs are preparing to celebrate 100 years of girl scouting.
Scott Franz

— As they ate cupcakes at Bud Werner Memorial Library on Sunday, 9-year-old Emily Hobson and her friends said they were celebrating something very special.

“The 100th anniversary of the Girl Scouts is special because you know there are way more scouts than just us,” the second-year scout said.

Emily’s two years with her troop in Steamboat is a relatively short piece of the Girl Scout’s 100-year history, but her tenure has been eventful nonetheless.

“It’s really fun,” Emily said. “I’ve learned a lot. I’ve learned CPR, first aid and friendship.”

Emily and about 40 other scouts and their parents met in Library Hall on Sunday to celebrate the upcoming 100th anniversary of the Girl Scouts, which held its first meeting in Savannah, Ga., on March 12, 1912.

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Sunday’s celebration in Steamboat was labeled as a cupcake gala and fashion show and started with a video that included testimonials from current Girl Scouts about how their experiences have affected their lives. Troop leaders also collected donations to LIFT-UP of Routt County.

Then, Steamboat Girl Scouts modeled 25 vintage Girl Scout uniforms that dated back to 1917.

Scout leader Amy Ibarra said that although the uniforms have changed drastically from the inception of the Girl Scouts, the group’s mission remains the same.

“It’s about empowering women and young girls,” she said.

With more than 300 Girl Scout alumnae and 13 active troops in Steamboat, Ibarra said the scouting tradition remains strong in the Yampa Valley. She added Steamboat’s Cadet Troop No. 1482 is planning to soon travel to a winter cabin near Sylvan Lake where the girls will learn valuable winter survival skills.

After the celebration, Maecey Crocker, 10, said she enjoyed learning about the types of uniforms girls wore decades before they transitioned into today’s iconic sashes and vests. But she also was focused on the present and the number of boxes of cookies she and her troop has sold this year.

“Hopefully, we sell enough (boxes) to earn a trip to the zoo or aquarium in Denver,” she said.

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