Girl Scouts Celebrate 100 Years at Charleston Event

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- It wasn't your typical birthday party. For one thing, it was a whole lot bigger. Instead of a cake there was a cupcake competition - and at this party, the guests got all the gifts.

The Girl Scouts of the USA have been around for a century, and Charleston hosted one of the milestone's biggest markers Saturday with a daylong celebration of events.

One of the features was an action-packed fun zone at the Civic Center.

"It's going great...we've had a lot of positive feedback," Morgan Robinson, girl scout leader said. "And it's really loud, which means the girls are having fun."

Girls traveled from all across the country to mix and mingle, some from as far away as Florida and Arkansas. But no matter where they came from, they all bonded instantly over new memories.

"I liked answering the trivia questions...that was fun," Daisy Scout Elizabeth Haller said.

"We made s'mores, and I made a pretty bracelet," Lyanna Smith, Daisy Scout said.

The event was planned by the Girl Scouts of Black Diamond Council, an umbrella group that serves girls in West Virginia, Ohio, Virginia, and Maryland.

Leaders wanted to have an extra special celebration, so they invited all Girl Scouts past and present to join in the fun. One of them was mom Shelley Zeigler.

"I love Girl Scouting - I'm a troop leader for two troops," she said. "I was a girl scout when I was younger, as was my mother...and we just wanted to celebrate this special 100-year anniversary."

It's an event that girls say they won't soon forget.

"I see all my friends and I see all my family, and I just think of memories," Smith said.