The first Girl Scouts cookie you eat this year should come topped with a birthday candle.
The international organization, first started by Juliette Gordon Low on March 12, 1912, in Savannah, Ga., turns 100 this year.
Danell Hudlow, 79, of Connell, wasn't around for those first years but she does remember her first days as a member of the Girl Scouts of America.
"I was 9 years old and we'd just moved to Connell. My mom offered to become a leader and, of course, signed me right up. Nearly all the girls in my class joined. It gave us something to look forward to. Back then there wasn't a lot to do in Connell," she said.
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She was an active Scout through high school but not in college, even though her mother kept paying her dues. Later, after Hudlow's first daughter was born, she became a life member and leader of her own troop of young girls, even serving on the Mid-Columbia Girl Scouts Council for six years in the early 1980s.
"If you poke me, my blood would probably run green," she joked.
On Saturday, she joined other longtime Girl Scouts at a party celebrating the organization's 100th birthday. There, Hudlow and five other longtime Scouts opened a time capsule sealed by Mid-Columbia Scouts in 1997.
"It's actually a file box," said Dianne Macduff, 65, of Kennewick. She still is an active Scout, one of the trainers of new leaders.
Before merging with the Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho Council, Scouts in the Mid-Columbia Council created the time capsule.
"It was actually opened one time after the merger. I think the people in Spokane didn't know what it was and opened it accidentally. So I know there are lots of envelopes and information from that era inside," said Macduff. "It'll be fun to look through what's in there, to read the history of the former council."
To add to the fun, Macduff asked everyone invited to the Scouts' birthday party Saturday to wear an old uniform.
"I have a whole box of uniforms, mine and my mom's. Someday, when the council sets up a historical display, I'll donate them to the Scouts," Hudlow said.
Digging through the closet looking for the box of uniforms brought back a lot of Scouting memories for Hudlow.
"I remember when I was a senior in high school our troop raised enough money for a trip to California. We went to a baseball game, had our hair done, went to a play. It was quite an experience for girls from a small town," she said.
She also remembers cooking outdoors, sitting around the campfire and boating at Camp Four Echos on Lake Coeur d'Alene in northern Idaho -- all things Girl Scouts have done since the camp opened in 1938.
But there's more to Girl Scouts than camping and good cookies.
"Courage, confidence and character are what the Scouts teach and those are things that will stick with me for a long, long time," said Courtney Grant, 17, of Pasco.
She's been in Scouting since she became a Brownie at 6 years old and recently received a Gold Award, the highest honor a Girl Scout can achieve, for organizing a Pink Ribbon Ride for Hope.
She mapped out 16 locations, cancer centers and hospitals in the Northwest, and invited motorcycle riders to sign up to visit them. The money they paid to participate was used by the Tri-Cities Cancer Center to buy wigs for patients.
"Girl Scouts has a really good program for getting the girls to think outside their own circle. There's a real focus on service and leadership development and mentoring. The Scouts are building our girls to be leaders for tomorrow," said Margie Grant, 50, of Pasco. She joined the Girl Scouts as a child and now leads Troop No. 1133.
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