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Girl Scouts Celebrate 100 Years!

Junior Troop 177. (Jeff Krage)

As the new kid years ago, Felice Ehrlich joined Girl Scouts as a way to meet people and make friends.

She gained more than she imagined, went places she might not have gone otherwise and developed her self-confidence.

Because of the experience, Ehrlich, who lives in Hoffman Estates, stepped up to lead both of her daughters’ troops, comprised of girls from Elgin School District U-46.

She’s been their leader since both girls, now ages 11 and 7, were in kindergarten.

“It’s really an interesting ride to watch them going from kindergarten to then actually becoming leaders and self-confident,” she says. “We enjoy introducing the girls to new opportunities their families might not necessarily do.”

Making an impact Ehrlich’s two daughters, Eve and Alison Baumgartner, are among 4,389 Girl Scouts in Kane County.

With a determination to build girls of “courage, confidence and character,” the national organization celebrates its 100th anniversary this March.

To read the full story, pick up the latest issue of Kane County Magazine.