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White Plains Troops Celebrate Girl Scouts 100 Bday

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — More than 250 White Plains Girl Scouts sat in the shape of the number 100 on the Church Street gym floor and joined troops across the county in commemorating the organizations' centennial by chanting the Girl Scout promise at 7:12 p.m. Monday.

Renee Cosica, a service unit manager, said she was "thrilled" to organize the event celebrating Juliette Gordon Low's March 12, 1912, creation of an 18-girl troop in Savannah, Ga.

"It was 100 years ago today that Juliette Gordon Low said, 'Come right over, I've got something for the girls of Savannah and all America and all the world, and we're going to start it tonight,'" Cosica said. "It's a very emotional moment for me because I've been a Girl Scout since I was 7. I went on an outside opportunity trip when I was younger. I can say Girl Scouts formed me."

Cosica, whose position overseeing more than 600 scouts in White Plains is voluntary, had older troops set up booths with her old scout regalia, memorabilia from one of her two troops' trip to Europe and other historical Girl Scout gear. Besides enjoying cake, the girls retrofitted shopping bags out of old grocery bags, made recycled greeting cards, learned about solar ovens and partook in other activities fitting with this year's "forever green" theme.

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