I don’t know if you noticed, but the M was unusually green a couple Fridays ago and it wasn’t from all the unseasonable rain we’ve been getting. No, this last Friday the 13th the M wasn’t taken over by a swarm of evil leprechauns or human devouring little green aliens. It was the Girl Scouts of Montana and Wyoming kicking off their 100th anniversary celebration.

These cute little cookie peddlers were joined by their families, friends and other Girl Scout supporters to accomplish this mountainous feat. Swarms of people met at the M trailhead at the base of Mount Sentinel dressed in green. This green gaggle then made its way to the famous M overlooking The University of Montana. Everyone there was wearing green and they accomplished their goal of covering the M to create a living green eclipse. This was a once-in-a-lifetime, never-done-before event.

The following week the Girl Scout’s hosted a series of events highlighting the last century of Girl Scouting. Girls in Missoula explored the 70s and 80s, an era that saw renewed effort to promote career paths for girls and women in science. Participating girls learned about physics, biology, engineering, chemistry, architecture, and the world of sound. The participants also enjoyed interactive booths featuring science experiments, games, and much more.

Joy Larson is a mother of four boys, graduate of The University of Montana, animal lover and writer.