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Girl Scouts of Cranford Kick Off Holiday Season

Cranford Brownie Troop 40013 hosted the annual tree decorating. Credits: A. Paulyson
Credits: A. Paulyson
Credits: A. Paulyson
Credits: A. Paulyson

CRANFORD, NJ - Cranford Brownie Troop 40013 organized and hosted the Girl Scout Daisies, Brownies, Juniors, Cadets, Seniors & Ambassadors of Cranford in decorating the Holiday Tree in Mayor’s Park, Friday Nov. 25.  

More than 300 girls and 33-plus troops participated in the annual event that was sponsored by the Cranford Chamber of Commerce. 

The Girl Scouts created individual ornaments to hang on the tree, a tradition that spans decades. The event kicked-off with a vocal performance of the National Anthem by Abigail Kelly, a Junior Girl Scout from Troop 40753. The tree decorating ceremony precedes the Chamber of Commerce’s tree lighting ceremony which took place that evening. 

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“Our troop has been honored with organizing and hosting the decorating ceremony for the past two years,” said Elayna Torsone, Leader of Troop 40013. “The girls love to be involved in such a festive community activity and it has taught them responsibility and commitment, two very important qualities instilled in all girl scouts.”

Girl Scouts are the world's preeminent organization dedicated solely to girls -- all girls -- where, in an accepting and nurturing environment, girls build character and skills for success in the real world. In partnership with committed adult volunteers, girls develop qualities that will serve them all their lives.

For over 100 years, its membership has been unified towards the achievement of the Girl Scout mission: “To build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.”

The Girl Scouts of Cranford consists of more than 1,139 Girl Scout Members in 67 troops and Juliette’s making it one of the largest non-profit organizations in town.  The Cranford Service Unit is a part of the Girl Scouts Heart of New Jersey (GSHNJ) Council which is part of the Girl Scouts of the USA.  If your family is interested in learning more about local Girl Scouts or to find out more information on the Girls Scouts of Cranford, please visit


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