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Posted Thursday, February 27th, 2020

Tout the Merits of Girl Scouting and Mentoring Girls as Leaders  

The Morris County Board of Freeholders has declared the week of March 8 to 14 as Girl Scout Week in Morris County, celebrating the more than century-long accomplishments of the organization, which has roots in Morris County that date to 1917.

photo shows freeholders, five scouts, and two scout leaders holding Girl Scout Week proclamation

The Freeholder Board is joined by local scouts and scout leaders to proclaim March 8-14 as Girl Scout Week in Morris County

“The Girl Scouts are the standard-bearer in providing leadership development for young ladies in Morris County and across the state and nation,” said Freeholder Director Deborah Smith. “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.”

“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 at their meeting in Morristown on Wednesday evening (Feb. 26) presented a Girl Scout Week proclamation to Betty Garger, president and CEO of the Girl Scouts of Northern New Jersey, and Morristown area Girl Scout Troop Leader Sandy Cassidy. Assemblywomen BettyLou DeCroce and Aura Dunn also joined the girls at the event.

They were joined by Morristown area Girl Scouts:

  • Kathryn Tucker, Troop 94505, Senior Girl Scout
  • Emily Walsh, Troop 97738, Daisy Scout
  • Heather Davis, Troop 97768, Daisy Scout
  • Brooke Davis, Troop 97176, Brownie
  • Grace Smallman, Troop 97425, Brownie


photo shows scouts and freeholders joined by Assemblywomen BettyLou DeCroce and Aura Dunn

(l/r) Assemblywoman BettyLou DeCroce, Girl Scout Kathryn Tucker, Freeholders Kathy DeFillippo and Deborah Smith, Girl Scouts of Northern N.J. President/CEO Betty Garger, Morristown Area Girl Scout troop leader Sandy Cassidy, and Assemblywoman Aura Dunn, Front row– Grace Smallman, Brooke Davis, Heather Davis, and Emily Walsh

Freeholder Director Smith pointed out that there are many female leaders in Morris County, including herself and Freeholder DeFillippo, Assemblywomen DeCroce and Dunn, County Clerk Ann Grossi and County Surrogate Heather Darling, among others.

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 12,000 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.

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:


Morris County Freeholders Proclaim March 8-14 as Girl Scout Week in Morris County