100th Anniversary Celebration Planned At Historic Rahway “Girl Scout House”

RAHWAY — On Saturday, June 30, the Rahway Girl Scouts will host a Girl Scouts USA Centennial Celebration & Reunion honoring the national organization’s 100th anniversary. The celebration will take place at the historic Merchants and Drovers Tavern Museum, widely known as “The Girl Scout House”, located at 1632 St. Georges Avenue in Rahway, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

The Girl Scouts USA Centennial Celebration & Reunion is free to attend and open to all current and alumnae Girl Scouts and Troop Leaders, as well as their families, and people interested in joining the organization.

The festivities will include 100 activities including a Bridging Ceremony, scavenger hunt, time capsule burial, and more. There will also be the opportunity for attendees to win raffle prizes, earn a special centennial badge and taste samples of Girl Scout Cookies baked using the original “Early Girl Scout Cookie® Recipe” created in 1922.

“Our local scouts are making the most of this celebration of 100 years of scouting and we want people to be apart of it,” said event organizer Linda Chandler. “If you have memories of being a Girl Scout, a leader, volunteer, or a relative to a scout, come on out and join us.”

The festivities will begin at 10 a.m. with a Bridging Ceremony at Rahway River Park, located on St. Georges Avenue. After the ceremony, the participants will walk to Merchants and Drovers Tavern Museum to continue the day’s 100 activities including storytelling, recycling projects, trail sign reading, knot tying, beading, memorabilia displays, museum tours, and a scavenger hunt beginning at 12:30 p.m.

A highlight for many will be the opportunity to be a part of history. The Girl Scouts will have a time capsule on display throughout the day and collect items from attendees to be placed in it. The time capsule will be sealed and buried at the end of the day and will not be opened again for 50 years.

Another fan favorite will be the “cookie station” where attendees will have the opportunity to sample Girl Scout Cookies baked using the original “Early Girl Scout Cookie® Recipe” created in 1922 by Florence E. Neil, a local director in Chicago, Illinois. Recipes for the “Early Girl Scout Cookie®” will be available free of charge and boxes of the current Girl Scout cookies will be available for sale.

The Rahway Girl Scouts USA Centennial Celebration & Reunion is being organized and hosted by all of the Rahway Girl Scouts troops. Participants involved in the planning and implementation of the event will receive the prestigious Girl Scout Bronze Award, a leadership adventure and the highest honor a Girl Scout Junior can achieve. Other Girl Scout Troops from throughout New Jersey have been invited and are expected to attend.

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