Hundreds attend the anniversary celebration of Girl Scouts USA

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- For more than 100 years, Girl Scouts of America has helped millions of girls discover their strengths, their passions, and for some -- their best friends.

“Ever since I came to Girl Scouts it’s changed a part of my life,” said Girl Scout McKenzie, “My friends are so fun and they help me out with things because I’ve never been in Girl Scouts before this year.”

McKenzie joined 400 of her fellow Girl Scouts Saturday to celebrate another year of building courage, confidence and character.

“We are celebrating our 104th anniversary for Girl Scouts. It’s a great way for girls to come together and really be inspired by all the great things about Girl Scouts,” said Girl Scouts Brand and Marketing VP Gina Garvin.

According to several Girl Scouts at the Statehouse Saturday, it’s all about one thing – cookies.

“I mean it’s not all about the cookies,” McKenzie explained, “It’s about how Girl Scouts can help you learn.”

Saturday's celebration had plenty of learning opportunities. Girl Scouts received a behind the scenes look at government and engaged in interactive science, technology, engineering and math activities.

“We’re coming to the end of our event called Inspire a Girl. We are inspiring girls to do great things for their community,” said Garvin.

Another inspiration surprised the girls at their opening ceremony. Miss Kansas USA Victoria Wiggins made a special appearance at the Statehouse

“I really wanted the girls and the troops to know that they can do anything the put their mind to,” said Wiggins.

The Girl Scouts were excited to learn they all had something in common with Miss Kansas.

“I started out as a Girl Scout myself. So to see all the badges and the young girls and bright smiles really just brought back wonderful memories that I have cherished forever,” said Wiggins.