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PROCLAMATION 6410—MAR. 10, 1992 106 STAT. 5233 and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and sixteenth. GEORGE BUSH Proclamation 6410 of March 10, 1992 Girl Scouts of the United States of America 80th Anniversary Day By the President of the United States of America A Proclamation Since JuUette Gordon Low founded the first troop on March 12, 1912, millions of Girl Scouts have embarked on great adventures in learning—adventures that have combined the joys of self-discovery with the rewards of friendship and voluntary service to others. By fostering the social, spiritual, and intellectual development of its members, the Girl Scouts of the U.S.A. has not only helped them to prepare for the challenges and opportunities of adulthood but also enriched our communities and country. From the Daisy and Brownie levels to the ranks of Junior, Cadette, and Senior, participation in the Girl Scouts is about becoming a good neighbor and citizen while at the same time striving to reach one's fullest potential. The fundamentals of scouting—and life—are summarized in the Girl Scout Promise, which states: On my honor, I will try To serve God and my country To help people at all times And to live by the Scout Law. The Scout Law, in turn, upholds virtues such as honesty, fairness, self- respect, and respect and consideration for others. The first five words of the Law, "I will do my best," emphasize that virtually every aim of scouting is rooted in a commitment to excellence. Learning is a key to excellence, of course, and one way that Girl Scouts gain valuable knowledge and experience is through voluntary service to others. Every Girl Scout has pledged "to help where I am needed... [and] to protect and improve the world around me." Hence, Girl Scouts serve as shining Points of Light in their communities; each year, they devote thousands of hours to activities such as visiting residents of nursing homes, collecting food and clothing for the poor, or planting and caring for trees. Moreover, the Girl Scout organization, which includes more than 200,000 troops across the United States, is staffed almost entirely by adult volunteers. By affirming the importance of serving others and by upholding the traditional moral and spiritual values on which this great Republic rests, the Girl Scouts of the U.S.A. has become known as an "all-American" organization. Yet through its membership in the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts, the Girl Scouts of the U.S.A. is part of a global family of young women and adults who profess the timeless ideals contained in the Scout Promise and Scout Law.