St. Joseph’s/Candler and Girl Scouts Join Forces


Two organizations with deep histories in Savannah will join forces to celebrate a century of building girls of courage, confidence, and character.

St. Joseph’s/Candler is the official healthcare provider for the thousands of Girl Scouts who will descend on Savannah during the Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia’s celebration of the movement’s 100th anniversary year.

On March 12, 1912, Juliette Gordon Low gathered 18 girls for what would become the first Girl Scout troop.

This March 9-12 Savannah will be the site for a special weekend of events celebrating the anniversary with a centerpiece “Bridging to the Next Century” on March 10.

Nearly 3,000 Girl Scouts will cross over the Eugene Talmadge Memorial Bridge to symbolically “bridge” to the second century of Girl Scouting. Afterward, they and others will gather in the famous Forsyth Park in beautiful historic Savannah for an afternoon of fun to include a “Sing-a-long” and activities for all ages.

St. Josephs/Candler will provide medical staff and emergency services for this event and Southside Fire and EMS will assist with ambulance coverage.

“Savannah is the perfect place for our centennial celebration,” said Margaret Skene, CEO of Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia. “It’s a beautiful city, the home of our founder and the birthplace of the Girl Scout movement. We appreciate St. Joseph’s/Candler Health System and our other community partners for providing support during this very special time. We can’t wait for the celebration to begin!” Special guests will include First Lady of Georgia Sandra Deal, who also serves as Honorary Troop Leader of Troop 1912, an honorary troop of female legislators and community leaders. Melinda Carroll, nationally known singer and songwriter will be on hand to lead the Sing-a-long and share some of her best-loved Girl Scout songs.

Anna Maria Chávez, CEO of Girl Scouts of the U.S.A. will join the fun during a Sunrise Celebration welcoming the new century of Girl Scouting on March 12 in Forsyth Park.



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