Girl Scouts Enjoy a Silver and Gold Celebration
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Girl Scouts Enjoy a Silver and Gold Celebration

March 13, 2012
Junior Girl Scouts~ Jessica, Cameryn, Jillian and Lauren display their troop banner.
Junior Girl Scouts~ Jessica, Cameryn, Jillian and Lauren display their troop banner.
Grace Weber is in her third year of Girl Scouts.
Grace Weber is in her third year of Girl Scouts.
Amelia Baker's merit badges.
Amelia Baker's merit badges.
Katie Hardy started Girls Scouts when she was five.
Katie Hardy started Girls Scouts when she was five.
Midge Heimer, involved in Girl Scouts for 51 years, stands behind the candle lit birthday cake.
Midge Heimer, involved in Girl Scouts for 51 years, stands behind the candle lit birthday cake.
Alumni troop #243 JenniLynn Hughes, Danielle Brant and Jessica Osborne share a 'Golden Friendship'.
Alumni troop #243 JenniLynn Hughes, Danielle Brant and Jessica Osborne share a 'Golden Friendship'.
Over the past 100 years the lyrics “Make new friends but keep the old- one is silver, the other gold,” from the much loved Girl Scout song has been reminding girls of the significance of building and keeping lasting relationships.

Well over 200 Washington County Girls Scouts, past and present, came together Monday evening at the Valley Mall to form a huge friendship circle and sing 'Happy Birthday' to celebrate the organization's 100th birthday.

Grace Weber, a 5th grade student at Clear Spring, who is in her 3rd year of scouting, proudly wore her Girl Scout sash displaying many of the merit badges she has earned. Grace said her favorite part about being a Girl Scout is that you get to go places…like New York.

Junior Girl Scout Troop #40176, who meets at Potomac Heights, was excited to share many of their favorite Girl Scout activities. Led by Nancy Eichelberger and Janet Fox, the girls told us they hiked the C&O Canal and Cunningham Falls, slept at the Suns stadium and they are going to see the Barbara Ingram presentation of ‘Beauty and the Beast.’ “They are working on a lot of badges,” informed Nancy.

At Rehoboth United Methodist Church in Williamsport, Daisies, Brownies, Juniors and Cadets meet on the same night. This allows the older scouts to help out with the younger troops. Amelia Baker, who started Girl Scouts when she was in third grade, helps out with the Brownie troop. Now in her sixth year of the organization, she said her favorite badge is the one she got for camping. She commented that one of her favorite places to go camping is at the White Rock GS Camp in West Virginia.

Midge Heimer, who was attending the event with her adult granddaughter Kinsley Wild, has been involved in Girls Scouts for 51 years. Midge sold her first box of GS cookies in 1939 and has bought or sold cookies every year since then. “I’ve had so many good experiences,” stated Midge. “When faced with problems you learn to deal with them and help others with similar problems to deal.” Midge also added, “Our motto ‘Always be prepared’ goes along with that.” Midge’s granddaughter, Kinsley, has been involved with Girl Scouts for a good part of her life as well.

Camping is a favorite activity for many of the scouts as it is with Katie Hardy who has been in Girl Scouts for six years. Starting scouting at age five, she revealed ‘Movie Night’ is very popular with her Cadet troop. The girls pick a night and movie and all go together. Katie said one thing she has learned from scouting is, “Always be appreciative of what you have.”

A few announcements about future Girl Scout events were made before getting the ceremony started.

200,000 girls and adults from around the world are expected to come together on June 9, 2012 in Washington DC for the world's largest Sing-Along. Go to http://www.gscnc.org/singalong.html for more information and to register for the event.

A similar event is being planned for local Girl Scouts at Hagerstown’s City Park on April 29, 2012. You can get more information about this on Hagerstown and Around events page as it becomes available.

Alumni Girl Scouts were called to the center of the circle and a big “Thank-You” was shouted out by the present Girl Scouts. A birthday cake was lit and the crowd sang ‘Happy Birthday’ to the 100 year old organization. Before leaving the friendship –circle, the Girl Scouts also sang two verses of ‘Make New Friends’.

Jessica Osborne, Danielle Brant and Jenni Lynn Hughes, three members of alumni troop #243, came out to take part in the celebration. The women’s troop met at Pangborn Elementary School and they were in scouting for 12 years.

MC for the evening’s festivities was Teresa Rossiter. Teresa is a GS leader for 21 Cadets and Senior Ambassador (11th and 12th grade) Girl Scouts. She also serves as Service Unit Money Manager and is the Service Unit Cookie Coordinator. Teresa’s troop is comprised of multiple schools. “We have girls from North and South High and E. Russell Hicks. Teresa is very proud of the fact that she has so many older scouts. “Most girls drop out in middle school,” she explained. “I get very enthusiastic. I love being a kid. Sometimes they even come up and thank me.”
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