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100 Years of Girl Scouting in Southeastern Wisconsin

1917 The first troop in Milwaukee held their first meeting at Clark Street School.
1918 Troop 1 in Kenosha filed their paperwork with Girl Scouts of the USA.
1919 First 5 troops were formed in Racine.
Juliette Gordon Low signed the charter for Girl Scouts of Kenosha County on June 22.
1923  The original 99 acres of Camp Alice Chester were donated to the Milwaukee Girl Scouts by George Miller, father of Alice Miller Chester. Alice was the first commissioner of Girl Scouting in Wisconsin.
1930 Girl Scouting began in the city of Waukesha.
1931 Brownies camped for the first time in Milwaukee.
1933 Milwaukee held their first cookie sale which helped cover expenses for the National Convention.
1936 In Milwaukee, physically handicapped girls were encouraged to go to camp. A unit of six girls and two teachers from the Binner School for the Deaf attended Camp Alice Chester.
1942 Trefoil Oaks was dedicated at a sunrise ceremony on May 3 on leased property in Racine.
1948 The Girl Scout Council of Kenosha County held their first cookie sale.
1949 The National Convention was held in Milwaukee and the World Pin was introduced to the United States.
1953 Camp Singing Hills was purchased and developed into a camp for all girls of Racine County.
1959 Camp Chinook hosted their first day camp, then all day camping moved to Chinook.

Girl Scouts of Milwaukee Area received four government grants for new programs:

  1. It's Your Community (urban land use)
  2. Anything You Want to Be (career explorations in non-traditional careers)
  3. Hand-in-Hand (interaction with the elderly)
  4. Education for Parenthood (trained teams to work with handicapped children)
1977 Girl Scouts of Milwaukee Area began to award the Adult Gold Service Award for exceptional and devoted service to Milwaukee Girl Scouting.
1987 The first Honor pins in the Girl Scout Council of Kenosha County were given to Mary Rusch, Sandy Hodal, and Thelma Johnson.
1995 The Girl Scout Council of Kenosha County celebrated the dedication of the Range Unit at Camp Pottawatomie Hills. The renovation included tepees and a new kitchen unit, made possible by a donation from the Bullamore family.
1996 Agnes Reinhard, a Milwaukee Girl Scout, was an Olympic torchbearer.
1998 Girl Scouts of Milwaukee Area received the National Quality Recognition Award for Step into Action, a program delivered for girls, by girls.
2008 Girl Scouts of Wisconsin Southeast began serving girls and adults in Kenosha, Milwaukee, Racine, Washington, and Waukesha counties.
2017 Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker issued an official proclamation observing Friday, May 19, 2017, as Girl Scouting in Southeastern Wisconsin Day for all citizens to join in celebration of the Girl Scout movement; and Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett participated in this historic event to present an official proclamation. 
2018 One hundred years of Girl Scouting in Kenosha County was celebrated at "the House the Cookies built," Woodhaven Resource Center, attended by more than fifty people includeing present and former local members, volunteers, and Girl Scouts of Wisconsin Southeast members.