Girl Scouts from 10 troops across Richmond Hill gathered Saturday in J.F. Gregory Park to honor the 152nd birthday of Girl Scouts founder Juliette Gordon Low.
“Our older girls decided to plan a birthday party for Juliette Gordon Low, whose birthday is on Halloween,” said Jennifer Collins, leader of troop 30370. “They wanted to incorporate a charity and teach the younger girls about our founder.”
Each of the 46 Girl Scouts in attendance brought a “gift” to the honorary birthday party — toys and books that will be donated to the Bryan County Children’s Fund and given to underprivileged children in the area.
“Some parents don’t have toys to give their kids, so that’s why we give them our toys,” explained Daisy Clay, 6. “Juliette wanted to girls be nice to other girls, so we give them presents.”
The Girl Scouts, who ranged in age from 5 to 13, also played traditional party games from Low’s era. They made beaded bracelets, had a pancake-flipping relay and played with hula-hoops.
“I think it’s really special that we’re getting to do this,” said 12-year-old Cadette Alex Kroken, who ran the hula-hoop games. “It lets us experience some of the games Juliette Gordon Low would have experienced when she was a kid, and it lets us help kids who don’t have the same privileges we do. That’s what the Girl Scouts are all about.”
For more information about area Girl Scout Programs, visit www.gshg.org.