Troop 80417 Receives Bronze Award for Year-Long GS Anniversary Documentary Project

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GIRL SCOUTS.jpgOn Tuesday night, Metuchen Junior Troop 80417 awarded the Metuchen-Edison Historical Society with an archive edition of its Bronze Award documentary project for posterity. This is the 100th Year of Girl Souting in America and its anniversary inspired Local Junior Troop 80417 to become "History Detectives," spending the better part of this last school year working on a documentary project that brings together women from ages 18 to 92 to discuss their involvement in Girl Scouting in our community. The troop was commended by Edison Mayor Andrea Ricigliano in April at the girls' award ceremony and in a private ceremony with Mayor Valhalla in May.

"HISTORY DETECTIVES: 100 YEARS OF GIRL SCOUTING IN METUCHEN" had its world premiere on April 21st at St. Luke's in Metuchen. The screening, for interviewees, Scouts, friends and family members, was attended by several local political officiants, including Tyreen Reuter of the Metuchen-Edison Historical Society. A copy of the finished project and all its raw footage (over 25 hours of footage was shot throughout the year-long production period) will be placed in the town's historical archives at the Metuchen Public Library as well as the Girl Scout Archives for the Central and Southern New Jersey Girl Scouts. The completed film will be available for viewing on the Girl Scout Council YouTube page in the near future.
Each Scout encouraged women of all ages who have a connection to the community as well as Girl Scouting to share their experiences with the ten- and eleven-year-old detectives. They also did some digging in the town's archives, attended a New York-New Jersey "bridging" at the George Washington Bridge, ran the annual Girl Scout dance at which artifacts and other historical elements of the 100 years of Girl Scouting were featured, and thanked their interview subjects at a tea on St. Patrick's Day at the BIL. The last event celebrated Juliette Gordon Lowe's creation of Girl Scouts of America with a birthday cake and a Sing-off of famous camping songs. The entire project began at the Country Fair on Main Street in October, when former Girl Scouts and Leaders were solicited by the troop at the Girl Scout booth. 

The history detectives are, in alphabetical order: Ariel Bazer, Amy Bellows, Abby Brooks, Kamryn Chaudry, Julia DeBenedetto, Abbey Galeota, Marina Jones, Maeve Kenny, Geneva Lawson, Julia Memory, Alanna Redwood, Rachel Sandbeck, Nina Suss, Makena Tramontin, Natalie Tiu, Rachel Wyetzner and Simie Zhu. Their troop leader is Germaine Wyetzner and the Bronze Award advisor is Jana Siciliano.

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