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Scouts, seniors share smiles in celebration

March 14, 2002|BY MARLO BARNHART

When Brittany Deloso and Tiffany Bolinger began thinking about how to celebrate the 90th birthday of Girl Scouting, they were excited about the idea of including the residents of Julia Manor Health Care Center in the festivities.

"We come here a couple of times a month and play bingo with them," said junior Girl Scout Brianna Lapole, 11.

They baked cupcakes and prepared crafts for the Wednesday evening event.

Tiffany said she and other Scouts have made friends with a number of the 80-plus residents at Julia Manor off Mill Street in Hagerstown. The Scouts were eager to head upstairs and help bring the residents down so the party could begin.

Brianna busied herself with decorating the walls of the multi-purpose room. Tiffany and Brittany blew up balloons, transforming the empty room into a gala party area.

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"The girls who are here today are working on their Bronze Award of service," said Rosa Bolinger, a membership aide with the Shawnee Girl Scout Council. "They actually hatched this idea themselves for the party at Julia Manor."

A flag ceremony and a candlelight program highlighted the event. Refreshments were served and several craft projects undertaken as Girl Scout songs played in the background.

Several troops were involved in the project as well as a number of girls who are known as Juliettes, having no established troop of their own.

Jill Ervin, an activities aide at Julia Manor, said the residents enjoy being around the young Scouts.

"They get to know each other by their first names," Ervin said. "The girls are really great with the residents."

Resident Mary Louise Weaver confided that she was never a Girl Scout when she was younger. "I had four brothers," she said.

She said she was happy to share the experience with the girls even though age 76 is a little old to be a Girl Scout.

"I was happy to come to this party," Weaver said as she colored a kitten picture as her craft.

"I like parties like this with these young girls," resident Elizabeth Crum said.

Resident Alice Devonshire got some instruction from Tiffany Bolinger on how to make her craft and then she busied herself finishing it.

Activities to commemorate Girl Scouting's 90th birthday have been held this week throughout the Shawnee Girl Scout Council area, which includes parts of Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania.

The organization was officially founded on March 12, 1912, in Savannah, Ga., by Juliette Gordon Low who had been a leader of Girl Guide troops in England.

The purpose of Scouting is to promote good citizenship and good character while offering outdoor experiences and other activities designed for girls ages 7-17.

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