MAHOPAC, N.Y. - Last week marked the 106th birthday of the Girl Scouts of the USA and local Scouts got together at Austin Road Elementary School to mark the occasion with a party, replete with snacks and plenty of activities.

Of course, no Girl Scout event would be complete without a tie-in to a philanthropic endeavor. Last year, the Scouts supported the Children’s Advocacy Center in Brewster and made pinwheels to bring awareness to child abuse. This year, the Scouts helped the Women’s Resource Center by collecting much-needed new linens for its shelter.

The party, held Monday, March 26, was attended by more than 100 Mahopac Girl Scouts, including Daisies, Brownies, Juniors, Cadets and Seniors. They sang songs, played games, engaged in arts and crafts projects, took sign language lessons and, of course, ate cake (actually, cupcakes).

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A representative of the Women’s Resource Center was on hand to talk about the facility and how the Scouts’ donations will make a difference in the lives of the people they help. 

“It’s the Girl Scouts’ birthday and it is also a time when we celebrate Juliette Low, the founder,” said Ana Horvath, service unit manager for the Scouts. “She was all about giving girls the confidence to empower them. She sold her pearl necklace [to raise money] for the first Girl Scouts office. She wanted to provide opportunities [to girls] and to help them learn life skills.”

The party marked the third year the Mahopac Girl Scouts have supported a local cause.

“Every year, we pick a different organization to support,” Horvath said. “We chose the Women’s Resource Center this year and collected bed linens for their shelter. They are in desperate need.”

Many of the games the Scouts played were team-building games, games that taught the girls how to work together and collaborate in order to reach a goal.
“It’s all for a nice cause and a reason to get together and give back,” Horvath said.