LAKEWOOD–Residents of Harrogate, a Life Care Continuing Care Retirement Community in Ocean County, have partnered with the Girl Scouts of Jersey Shore to celebrate the organization’s 100th Anniversary, and establish the Harrogate Green Hat Society. Members of the Green Hat Society and the local Girl Scouts troop will participate in various activities throughout the year to earn their 100th Anniversary patch.
“As former Girl Scouts and parents of Girl Scouts, our residents are excited to be able to participate in this momentous occasion for the Girl Scouts of the USA,” states Don Johansen, executive director of Harrogate. “By participating in the Green Hat Society, our residents are able to share their experiences with the young girls and pass on their traditions.”
Recently, the group hosted a birthday party, where members dressed as Girl Scout cookies to help Sarah Jones of Howell sell cookies, and raise money to travel abroad to London, Paris, Barcelona and Madrid as a part of the Girl Scouts of Jersey Shore Wider Opportunities trip. Harrogate’s Green Hat Society also made “Tradition” pins, which represent their accomplished good deeds. Additionally, the group attended a “Tea with Juliette” celebrating the founder of the Girl Scouts of the USA, Juliette Gordon Low.
In supporting the 100th Anniversary patch, Harrogate’s Green Hat Society will host a campfire sing-a-long on Aug. 13. Members of the Green Hat Society and Girl Scouts of Jersey Shore will share their favorite campfire songs, cook hot dogs and make s’mores.
“Our activities through the Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore Green Hat Society provide a great way for generations to come together, and learn about different traditions and interests,” states Linda Rieche, director of Fundraising for the Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore. “We are excited to partner with Harrogate and its residents to create this alumnae chapter, and have them share their experiences with our girls.”
The Girl Scouts of Jersey Shore have three alumnae chapters including The Green Hat Society. These alumnae chapters are open to men and women, past and present Adult Girl Scouts, and to anyone that would like to be a member of Girl Scouts.
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