In celebration of the 100th anniversary of Girl Scouts of America, LIFE.com has compiled photos of Daisy Gordon Lawrence, who in 1912 became the first girl scout in the United States.
Most of these images have never been published, a few appeared in LIFE magazine on November 22, 1948 in an article called "The First Girl Scout." FULL POST
By Elizabeth M. Nunez, CNN
(CNN) - When 10-year-old Anna Maria Chavez joined Girl Scout Troop 304 in the small town of Eloy, Arizona, she never thought the experience would eventually lead her to occupy a colorful office just off Fifth Avenue in the heart of Manhattan.
While about half of all women in the United States were Girl Scouts at some point in their lives, today, one in 10 of those girls are Latina. One of them is Chavez, who last year became the first Hispanic CEO of the organization.
At the headquarters of Girls Scouts Inc., Chavez is celebrating the organization’s 100th anniversary surrounded by apple-green walls and shelves of memorabilia. Instead of magazines in the small waiting area, there are cookie jars.
“I never ever imagined that I would become the national CEO of Girl Scouts," she said. "You need to understand where I came from."
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