West Friendship: Troop 794 celebrates 100th year of Girl Scouts with Thinking Day

March 12 marked the 100th anniversary of the Girl Scouts in the United States. When Juliette Gordon Low returned to Savannah, Ga., from England in 1912, she brought with her the idea for Girl Guides which she had learned about while in Scotland. Once back in America, Low was enthusiastic to start the group which eventually became the Girl Scouts.

West Friendship Girl Scout Troop 794 celebrated the Girl Scouts Centennial with a traditional Girl Scouts Thinking Day celebration. This event is one in which the scouts learn all that they can about another country. Troop 794 scouts selected Costa Rica as their country of exploration.

In an effort to earn their Bronze Award, the scouts ran the "Thinking Day Costa Rica" at the Howard County Conservancy, where they prepared varied stations highlighting the foods, customs, history, geography, music and traditions of our Central American neighbors. The fifth-grade scouts scoured books, journals and maps in order to properly teach younger scouts all the facts of Costa Rica.

Each of the Junior Scouts spent more than 20 hours each in preparation for this event. The Bronze Award is the highest honor a Junior Scout can earn. Delicious food treats and even a Zumba demonstration by Latin dance specialist Jerica Myers were part of the celebration.

The members of Troop 794 requested donations of school supplies and hygiene products which will be given to Nicaraguan refugees who are living in camps in Costa Rica. Scout members are seeing to it that these donations will be delivered by a local group who will visit Costa Rica later this spring.

Special thanks go out from Troop 794 Junior Girl Scouts to the members of high school Girl Scout Troops 334 and 548 who assisted in setting up for the celebration. Particular thanks are sent out to Ashley Jarvis of the Howard County Conservancy who made things run smoothly.

Don't forget to mark your calendar for April 12 at 7 p.m. when the Deanna Bogart Band will headline the Marriotts Ridge High School "Jazz at the Ridge" concert. The Marriotts Ridge jazz bands will perform along with Matt Wigler and the renowned Deanna Bogart. Tickets are $10 per person and available by contacting jazzattheridge@gmail.com. Don't miss this lively evening of jazz.

Make sure to remember springtime delights which have been baked up by the members of Curves of Glenelg. On Saturday April 7, Hill, who owns the fitness business at 3900 Ten Oaks Road in Glenelg, will be among the hostesses serving up baked goods galore. The bake sale is set for 8:30 a.m. until noon and will include outdoor plants, Curves signature chocolate Bunny Boxes and an assortment of Easter candies. Judy Girod promises her famed macaroons. Proceeds from the sale will benefit the Western Howard County Relay for Life Survivor Reception.

The community is welcome to join the Friars at the Shrine of St. Anthony on Sunday, April 8 at noon for an Easter Sunday Mass in the Shrine Chapel. The Chapel is at 12290 Folly Quarter Road, in Ellicott City.

Nineteenth century butter mold impression ware and nature inspired tea bag holders. Face Vases filled with spring flowering branches. Amber glazed log cabin plates. Just a few of the artisan wares available on weekends in the gallery at Greenbridge Pottery in Dayton.

This spring, the theme is "Pottery Inspired by Nature" according to Becky Moy who has a pottery barn loaded with new spring designs. Greenbridge will be open on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Greenbridge Pottery is at 5159 Greenbridge Road in Dayton. Go to the website at http://www.greenbridgepottery.com

It's not too early to start planning summer activities for the children. The Howard County 4-H Youth Program is offering a residential camp in Garrett County for campers ages 8-13 and to youth ages 14-18 to serve in leadership roles. The camp will be held June 24-30. This program emphasizes youth leadership, citizenship, environmental education and challenges of discovery. The camp offers arts and crafts, a challenge course, hiking, archery, rifles, outdoor cooking, canoeing and swimming.

Interested? Go to http://www.howard4-h.org for information and registration forms.

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