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These articles were submitted and printed in our local newspaper. I have been submitting articles to the Washington County Enterprise for many years. The topic of my articles usually revolve around Boy Scouting or Girl Scouting. (The names of the girls have been changed)


Girl Scout Tea to Celebrate 100 years

On March 12, 1912, Juliette Gordon Low founded the Girl Scout movement. One hundred years later, there are 3.2 million girls and adults registered across the nation. To celebrate a century of Girl Scouting, Cadette Girl Scout troop 41133 is planning a 100 Anniversary tea to be held on Sunday, March 11 at First United Methodist Church in Blair.

The troop has been planning this event for over a year. The tea will include information on the history of Girl Scouting, a look at the past 100 years around the world and what life was like for women in 1912. There will also be a Girl Scout uniform fashion show. The girls, Abby Jones, Krystyna Hawley and Sarah Jennings have created truffles using Girl Scout cookies and will also serve traditional finger sandwiches. They are also collecting stories from present and previous Girl Scouts across the area to put together in a memory journal as part of conserving history.

Planning and holding the tea is the Silver Award for the three girls in the troop. The Silver Award is the highest honor that a Cadette Girl Scout can earn. The tea is the culmination of learning about Girl Scout history both nationally and locally and helping to archive information for future use. The troop has learned organization skills, history of Girl Scouting and our world, creating recipes and planning and following through with events. It has been a lot of hard work that will be seen and experienced at the tea.

If you have a story to share, or would like to register for the tea, contact troop leader, Jane Van Horn at 402-533-2530 or vankj@huntel.net. The tea is open to all that have an interest in learning about Girl Scouting. You do not need to be a current or former Girl Scout. The cost is $5.00 and can be paid at the door but reservations are needed by March 9th. The doors will open at 2:00 p.m. with the program beginning at 3:00.



Girl Scout Stories Needed

Do you have a favorite memory about your time as a Girl Scout?  Cadette Girl Scout Troop 41133 is looking for your story to create a memory journal to celebrate 100 years of Girl Scouting. This journal is part of their Silver Award project that also includes an anniversary tea to be held on March 11th at First United Methodist Church in Blair.

Submit your story with your name, the number of years you were a Girl Scout and the community where you were a Girl Scout to troop leader, Jane Van Horn at vankj@huntel.net. If you do not have access to the internet, please contact Jane at 402-533-2530.



Happy Birthday Girl Scouts!


Over 75 people attended the Girl Scout Anniversary Tea sponsored by Cadette Girl Scout Troop 41133 of Blair on Sunday, March 11.  While the guests snacked on egg salad, chicken salad and cucumber sandwiches,  troop members Abigail Jones, Krystyna Hawley and Sarah Jennings gave speeches on the story of women in 1912, an historical perspective for the last 100 years and the history of Girl Scouting. Over 25 Girl Scout uniforms were modeled by the Cadette troop and many other girls and adults throughout the tea. The oldest uniform style was used from 1920 to 1939. The many uniforms from across over 90 years showed the varying styles and designers that have been a part of Girl Scouting.

The tea was a chance for Girl Scouts (current and previous) to get together and celebrate the 100th birthday of Girl Scouting. The youngest Girl Scout was a Daisy Girl Scout, which is the first level of Girl Scouting for Kindergarten and First Grade age girls. The person with the longest Girl Scout membership had been a member for over 60 years.

A display was set up that had Girl Scout handbooks, the contents of a time capsule that was sealed at the 75 birthday of Girl Scouting, history books on Girl Scouting and newspaper articles about troops in Washington County dating back over 30 years. In attendance were also recipients of the Washington County volunteers of the Year. This Ambassador Girl Scout troop has done a great deal to help in the betterment of Washington County.

One of the most talked about parts of the tea was showing the 20 minute movie “The Golden Eaglet” which was made in 1918 showing the many badges that were earned in Girl Scouting. Morse Code, Child Nurse, Invalid  Cooking, Swimming and more badges were highlighted. This short, silent movie, was used as a recruitment tool in the late teens/ early 20’s.

Troop 41133 spent over a year planning the anniversary tea as part of their Silver Award Project. The girls researched and wrote their speeches, planned the tea, designed the invitations and programs, chose the menu and researched the uniforms to find the year that they were used. They made 5 different Girl Scout Truffles that were served during the tea which included Thin Mints, Peanut Butter Patties, Caramel DeLites, Lemonades and Shortbread Cookies.

Many activities are planned throughout the week to celebrate Girl Scouting including a service project for the Crowell Home, treats to teachers and ending the week with SuperMarket Saturday, a food raising event held at No Frills and Blair Super Foods on March 17.  The Girl Scouts would appreciate your help in this final event.




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