Girl Scouts from all over the world country descended on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. yesterday to attend the ‘Rock the Mall’ event celebrating the Girl Scout’s 100th anniversary. The Associated Press reports that Girls Scouts from every state and various countries attended the event.
The girls braved the heat to attend music performances and participate in activities including yoga, a fashion show, sing-a-longs, and a news quiz game show. Mandy Moore, a former Girl Scout herself, spoke to the crowd.
Organizers estimate that about 200,000 attended what was the largest gathering of Girl Scouts according to The Washington Post.
With yesterday’s scorching heat, the District’s Fire and EMS Department sent its mass casualty unit to the festivities. CNN reports that 63 people were treated for heat-related issues and that 20 had to be sent to the hospital.
Deputy Chief Kevin Byrne informed CNN that the event’s four first aid tents received a constant stream of traffic. After obtaining water and/or ice, attendees returned to the event. Attendees also received some relief when a fire truck sprayed water to help cool them off.
Despite the heat, the Girl Scouts, former Girl Scouts, and their supporters were able to enjoy the festivities.