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200,000 Girl Scouts gather on National Mall

Saturday - 6/9/2012, 6:07pm  ET

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About 200,000 Girl Scouts gathered on the National Mall to celebrate the organization's 100th anniversary. (WTOP Photo/Kathy Stewart)

Scouts celebrate 100th anniversary

WTOP's Kathy Stewart reports from the National Mall.

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Girl Scouts offer friendship, bonding

WTOP's Man About Town Bob Madigan reports from the National Mall.

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WASHINGTON - Girl Scouts from across the country gathered on the National Mall to celebrate the organization's 100th anniversary with celebrities including Mandy Moore.

Organizers say they expected 200,000 participants Saturday for the largest gathering of Girl Scouts in history. They were hoping to set a Guinness World Record. Girls from every state are expected to attend.

The crowd was also contending with high temperatures. Authorities say dozens were treated for heat-related illnesses, and at least 15 people were transported to hospitals.

The "Girl Scouts Rock the Mall" featured performers including Erin Willett, a finalist on TV's "The Voice" and "American Idol" finalist Thia Megia.

Other activities included yoga, a fashion show and a news quiz game show from the Newseum, a museum about journalism.


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