A celebration is planned on Saturday, March 10, 2018 from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm to mark the one hundredth anniversary of Girl Scouting in Reading. Girls first registered to be Girl Scouts in Reading in 1918, only six years after the national organization was founded in Savannah, Georgia. To mark this milestone an all-day celebration will take place at Camp Rice Moody located on Rice Road in Reading.
This volunteer-organized event will kick-off with a pancake breakfast at 9:00 am, which has been an annual tradition for Reading Girl Scouts for many years. A flag ceremony and visit from a re-enactor portraying Girl Scout founder Juliette Gordon Low will be at 10:45 am, prior to a 12:00 pm fashion show of uniforms through the 100 years. The afternoon includes a Sing Along at 1:00 pm, a campfire with s’mores from 1:00 – 2:30 pm and tea and a birthday cake at 2:30 pm to close out the day’s festivities. Throughout the celebration there will be photo booth activities, windsock making, and crafts available. Items for a time capsule will be also accepted during the entire celebration. The time capsule will be buried, to be opened at a future Girl Scout event.
This celebration is free of charge and open to all, thanks to many generous sponsors. Donations are welcomed and any proceeds will benefit the Reading Girl Scout Achievement Award. All participants will receive a commemorative patch designed specifically for this one hundred year celebration. Guests will also be treated to displays of historical information through the one hundred years. Once upon a time Reading Girl Scouts had a Drum and Bugle Corp, ran their own summer and overnight camps and so much more!
Guests may come for the day or may stop in for a specific event. A full schedule of events can be found on the Reading Girl Scout website. If individuals would like to submit a photo or have any information or artifacts to be used during the celebration, the committee would be honored to include them. Please contact ReadingMAGirlScouts@gmail.com and it will be arranged for the item or information to be submitted.
The Board of Selectmen issued a proclamation at their February 27 meeting to congratulate the Reading Girl Scouts organization for their commitment to girls in Reading for the past one hundred years and to proclaim March 10 as “Girl Scout Day” in Reading. Many attended this proclamation to honor the leaders and the girls who represented the Girl Scouts of 2018.
Those interested in purchasing a commemorative t-shirt, please visit the Reading Girl Scout website and place your order by February 12. T-shirts are $12 and available in youth and adult sizes. T-shirts will be available for pickup one week prior to the event.