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Girl Scouts receive medals as organization celebrates 100th anniversary

By Camille Doty
March 11, 2012 at 11:01 p.m.
Updated March 11, 2012 at 10:12 p.m.

Girl scout troops attend mass at Our Lady of Victory on Saturday night where they received religious badges from the bishop. The Girl Scouts of America will celebrate their 100th anniversary on Monday.

Girl Scout Facts:

There are troops and groups in more than 92 countries.There are more than 50 million American women that participated in Girl Scouts during their childhood. Girl Scouts of the USA was chartered by Congress on March 16, 1950.Source girlscouts.org

Nineteen Girl Scouts and their leaders waited outside Our Lady of Victory sanctuary.

In a single-file line with wide smiles and decorated uniforms, these young ladies were about to be recognized.

During the Saturday evening Mass, Bishop David Fellhauer acknowledged their achievement. Jokingly he said, he's an honorary member. Although the students received their religious medals one day, they spent months preparing to be pinned. The girls had to learn more about their faith to earn the religious award.

"I've learned that God is everywhere," said Shanna Moore.

The 14-year-old Howell Middle School Student earned the "God and Church" medal for the Baptist faith. She attends Parkway Church. Shanna had to answer a book full of questions and do community outreach. For the past 10 years, Shanna said, she's learned to be a leader and have courage.

The Cadette Girl Scout, Shanna, has earned at least 20 badges and was selected to attend leadership institutes.

Her 10-year commitment and 3.2 million other members have been keys to the century-long sustaining power for the Girl Scouts of the United States of America.

On March 12, 1912, founder Juliette Gordon Low formed the first troop in Savannah, Ga., according to the organization's website.

Terry Blevins, director of volunteer services of greater South Texas, said Girl Scouts is fun and empowering.

"We offer each girl honesty and courage," she said.

Blevins added that the religious award has been in existence for 30 years and falls in line with the Girl Scout motto to serve God.

Emily Rodriguez said the Girl Scouts project helped to strengthen her beliefs. She received the "I Live My Faith" award with the Roman Catholic Church.

"I learned how to get closer and closer to God," she said. The 10-year-old Our Lady of Victory student was pinned by members of her family. "I feel good to have received it," she said.

Earning the medal was symbolic for Shanna. "It feels like I accomplished something," she said. "It's a sigh of relief."

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