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To help celebrate the 100th anniversary of Girl Scouts, the local chapter is rolling out new programs.

While the anniversary was April 12, Girl Scouts of NYPENN Pathways will be celebrating all year.

Media manager Kim Dunne has said each program is developed based on the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, which encourages girls to discover what they want to do, connect with other people in their community and take action to make their communities better.

NYPENN Pathways will team up with the North Country Prenatal/Perinatal Council from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. April 28 at Immaculate Heart Central Elementary School, 122 Winthrop St., to offer girls in grades six to eight a “getting to know you” program. Girls will learn that life isn’t just about their looks, as sessions will be offered on making proud choices, Zumba, self protection and safe dates.

The cost to attend that event is $5, and preregistration ends Friday. For more information, call Karen Stride at 782-1890, ext. 2215.

Girls in sixth through eighth grades also can explore science, technology, engineering and math from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. May 8 at the Sci-Tech Center of Northern New York, 154 Stone St.

Girls can participate in hands-on activities and talk to women in the STEM fields. The event is part of Connect a Million Minds, a program that is an initiative with Time Warner Cable to address the nation’s declining proficiency in such subjects. The cost to attend is $3 per current Girl Scout, or $15 per new Girl Scout, and the preregistration deadline is Monday. For more information, call NYPENN Pathways manager Kim Taylor at 698-9400, ext. 2038.

Local Girl Scouts also will participate in Forever Green, a nationwide effort of girls leading their families, schools and communities in improving the environment and protecting natural resources. The effort focuses on gardening and reducing plastic waste. The project will be celebrated during the May 6 Earth Day celebration at Camp Trefoil, Harrisville. Park cleanups will be scheduled soon around Watertown.

Also celebrating the Girl Scouts’ 100th anniversary is a small exhibit at the Jefferson County Historical Society, 228 Washington St. On display in the museum is a showcase of Girl Scout materials and memorabilia from the past 100 years.

Lenka P. Walldroff, the Historical Society’s collection manager, said many items on display came from Eunice J. Wescott, Henderson. Ms. Wescott, former leader of Girl Scout Troop 37 in Adams, donated such items as old uniforms and patches. Ms. Walldroff said Ms. Wescott has much Girl Scout memorabilia because she has been involved in Girl Scouts since 1948.

“When I joined Girl Scouts as a girl in sixth grade, all the girls were joining, and we stayed with it,” Ms. Wescott said Wednesday. “Girl Scouting was just one of those things I liked, and the more we did, the more fun it was.”

Current and former Girl Scouts will gather at 2 p.m. Saturday at the museum to celebrate the exhibit opening.

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