Girl Scouts Timeline
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Left: Savvy surfing on the Girl Scout Web site.
Right: Girl Scouts do their part for the War on Terrorism.
Recent studies showed that 53 percent of U.S. children ages 9 to 17 use the Internet. The Presidential election of 2000 was the closest in decades, with a controversial recount. More than a month after the election, George W. Bush was declared the winner. Terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, resulted in devastation at the World Trade Center in New York City, the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., and in rural Pennsylvania. The United States engaged in war against the Taliban regime in Afghanistan and terrorists around the world.
- The Girl Scout Research Institute launched its first study, Teens Before Their Time, which found that contemporary pre-teen girls were maturing faster mentally and physically, but not emotionally, than previous generations.
- Grants from Fortune 500 companies such as Lucent Technologies, Intel, and Lockheed Martin supported science and technology exploration programs for girls.
- Girl Scouts took to the World Wide Web via the organization's Web site (www.girlscouts.org), local Girl Scout council Web sites, and online troop meetings.
- New badges include Global Awareness, Adventure Sports, Stress Less, and Environmental Health.
- Girl Scouts responded to the September 11 attack on America by performing community services, hosting remembrance ceremonies, and writing thank-you letters to rescuers.
- Encouraged by President George W. Bush, Girl Scouts donated a personal gift of $1 each to help support the children of Afghanistan.
- Following comprehensive research, which ranged from online surveys to focus groups across the country, a brand-new approach to serving adolescent girls, STUDIO 2B, was unveiled at the Girl Scout National Council Session in Long Beach, California, in May 2003.
- Historical Highlights (PDF): The turn of the century brought Girl Scouting to a threshold of change. In a nutshell, here's what has happened to transform the organization from 2002 to 2008.