NORWAY — The weather was perfect for the celebration of the 153rd birthday of Juliette Gordon Low by area troops during the Community Fall Festival at the Three Crosses Ministry on Oct. 26.

The event was presented by Girl Scout Troops 407, 780, 64, 235, 694, 480 and 221 and the Emerging Young Leaders, sponsored by the Nu Tau Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc.

More than 100 children attended the free program that included games, a costume contest, hot dogs, popcorn, drinks and birthday cake.

“I’m so happy to see the children having a good time,” Norway Girl Scout Troop 407 Leader Bessie Peeples said. “The Girl Scouts were established in 1912 by Juliette Gordon Low, and we are also celebrating her birthday (Oct. 31, 1860). She founded the Girl Scouts to help young ladies develop positive self-esteem, honesty, fairness, courage, compassion, character, sisterhood and citizenship.”

Peeples said the event was “a wonderful way for the girls to give back to the community, and it is a good way for all the troops to work together.”

Girl Scout Field Director Sheila Foskee added, “I think this is a wonderful event, and there is a good turnout. Both of my girls are here, and they are having a ball. So am I! Events like this really bring our girls and the community together. We need more positive community socialization, and service events like this are a great way to incorporate the idea.”

Carolyn Thomas-Hill of Orangeburg Troop 221 said the greatest joy for her was “seeing the children happy and having such a good time.

Daniel Pencel, the father of one of the Girl Scouts, had high praise for the Girl Scout organization.

“My daughter, Cheyanne, is a member of Troop 694. I am amazed at all the activities they have for the girls and all the things she is learning. It is an outstanding program, and events like this one are fun and safe activities for the whole family.”

Almanda Holiday, Emerging Young Leaders advisor, said, the objective of the EYL is to “mentor, encourage and offer guidance to middle-school girls.”

“This is a wonderful community project to help them understand about giving back to the community,” Holiday said. “It’s a fun day and a good experience. I enjoy working with the girls, and am looking forward to other projects.”

Any girl wishing to become a Girl Scout can contact Bessie Peeples at 803-664-0416.

Norway Girl Scout Troop 407 will participate in the Norway Cotton Festival this Saturday, Nov. 2. The troop will also sponsor, prepare and serve the Norway Community Thanksgiving meal on Nov. 23.

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