SCARSDALE, N.Y. – The Scarsdale-Edgemont Girl Scouts will have a little something extra to celebrate Saturday at the 100 Years of Girl Scouting bash at the Betty Taubert Girl Scout House.
Emily Yankowitz, a junior at Scarsdale High School, was named one of two scouts in the Heart of the Hudson region to the council’s board of directors. The council, according to its website, serves more than 32,000 girls in grades K-12.
“We are honored to have a girl representing Scarsdale-Edgemont on the board,” said Mary Ellis, who organized Saturday’s celebration.
For her Gold Award project, Emily created a library for Part of the Solution, a community-based organization in the Bronx that offers people in need anything from a meal to a haircut to legal advice. Starting with a goal of 2,000 books, Emily collected more than 9,000 volumes.
Gold Award projects will be among the many displays Saturday when the local Scouts marks the scouting centennial from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Girl Scout Field and House at 37 Wayside Lane.
The Girl Scouts trace their roots to March 12, 1912, when Juliette Gordon Low assembled 18 girls in Savannah, Ga., for the first Girl Scout troop meeting. Today, according to a statement, one in every two adult women in the U.S. has been a Girl Scout and there are 3.2 million active members.
“We’re inviting everyone in the Scarsdale and Edgemont communities to celebrate the 100th birthday,” Ellis said. “It will give everyone a chance to see what we do.”
More than 600 girls are in the Scarsdale-Edgemont unit, which includes girls in grades K-12 from all the elementary, middle and high schools in Scarsdale and Edgemont, Ellis said.
“Some stay the entire time,” she said, although the biggest group is elementary girls. More than 100 volunteers are involved, too.
Saturday's free celebration will include music and dancing, food from Lange's Deli, magic shows, caricatures, face painting, traditional scouting activities, a bake-off and more.
The Scouts will be collecting dry or canned dog and cat food to donate to the Hudson Valley Pet Food Pantry. This collection is part of a Gold Award project.