Posted Thursday, March 14th, 2019

Girl Scouts Celebrate 102 Years

The Morris County Board of Freeholders yesterday declared this week, March 10 to March­­ 16, as Girl Scout Week in Morris County, celebrating the more than century-long accomplishments of the organization with roots in Morris County that date to 1917.

Freeholders and Scouts pose with proclamation

Girl Scout officials Sandra A. Kenoff and Sandra Cassidy, Morristown Girl Scouts Micaela Cassidy, Samantha Klein, Seleyna Bautista, Abigail Boas, Emily Walsh (front, with proclamation) and Juliana Klein; Freeholders, from left, Kathryn DeFillippo, Steven Shaw, Deb Smith, Director Doug Cabana and Deputy Director Heather Darling.

“Girl Scouts offer hands-on, girl-led and girl-centered training on everything from outdoor and business skills, to projects that focus on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math development,” said Freeholder Director Doug Cabana.

“We are proud of the accomplishments of these girls and thank the Girl Scouts for their commitment to developing the leadership potential in each girl who participates,” added Freeholder Kathy DeFillippo.

The freeholders presented a proclamation to Sandra Kenoff, Chief Marketing and Development Officer for the Girl Scouts of Northern New Jersey, who attended the meeting with seven Morristown Girl Scouts.  To view the event, visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TT9li1cvMls

Freeholder Director Doug Cabana buys some Girl Scout cookies after the presentation.

Freeholder Director Doug Cabana buys some Girl Scout cookies from Cadettes Seleyna Bautista and Micaela Cassidy.

Girl Scouts of Northern New Jersey serves girls ages 5-18 in more than 160 communities in Morris, Bergen, Passaic, Sussex, and northern Warren Counties.

The origin of Girl Scouts in Morris County dates to 1917 when a young woman named Mary Minor Lewis formed a troop of five girls in Chester. Each girl paid a 25-cent registration fee to become a part of the new “active educational pastime.” Today, there are more than 15,000 girl and adult members in Morris County.

Girl Scouts offers engaging, challenging, and fun activities like earning badges, going on awesome trips, selling cookies, exploring science, getting outdoors, and doing community service projects.

The Girl Scout Leadership Experience gives girls the chance to gain important skills in the areas of STEM, Outdoors, Life Skills, and Entrepreneurship.  It also offers many unique opportunities to try new things, such as robotics through the group’s First Lego League robotics teams, which they have sponsored for 10 years, with Girl Scout robotics teams winning an award every single year of competition.

Sandra A. Kenoff, Chief Development and Communications Officer for Girl Scouts of Northern New Jersey, talks about the new badges offered to scouts, including cyber security.

Sandra A. Kenoff, Chief Development and Communications Officer for Girl Scouts of Northern New Jersey, talks about the new badges offered to scouts, including cyber security.

Also, Girl Scouts Destinations, which is the Girl Scout travel program, enables girls to journey to other parts of the country or world to participate in amazing adventures such as a SCUBA diving and sea turtle encounter in Costa Rica, kayaking in Greece, attending space academy in Alabama, biking through Denmark and Sweden, or having a Great Panda Adventure in China.

Girl Scouts also fosters advocacy through the G.I.R.L. Agenda, an initiative designed to inspire, prepare, and mobilize girls and those who care about them to lead positive change through civic action.

For more information on the Girl Scouts of Northern New Jersey, visit: http://www.gsnnj.org/