Girl Scouts USA celebrated it's 100th year in Eloy Thursday. It's the birthplace of the organization's CEO Anna-Marie Chavez. She says though the principals are the same today, the times have changed. Chavez spoke to the girls in green during a ceremony at a local park.
"I actually, 30 years ago, played in this park and really dreamt big," says Chavez who became a girl scout as a little girl in the small Arizona town.
"I joined and went on to become attorney for the U.S. president, to work for two governors."
The national organization is more than 3 million strong and the message of women making a difference resonated with 9-year-old Karina Altamirano.
"I want to be like Ms. Chavez. Like a person who works for girls. I want to be like her," said Altamirano.
Courage is another girl scout tenet. Troop leader and parent, Pilar Ruiz says it's been an important lesson for her daughter.
"Bullying is so prevalent and so many negative messages that I'm grateful for the girl scout program. That she's been able to achieve some self-value," said Ruiz.
Eloy Mayor Byron Jackson credits the group with encouraging women to break through economic barriers. He, too, has a child in girl scouts.
"Especially in a community suck as Eloy, where a lot of families are economically challenged, it gives them that opportunity to be part of an organization," says Ruiz.
Girl Scouts USA has had to adapt over the years. Chavez says the organization is trying to integrate technology into its lessons and activities to encourage young girls to seek out those types of careers.
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