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What do spiders, tea parties and Girl Scouts have in common? On Tuesday, February 17th, beginning at 6:30pm, the Girl Scouts of Limberlost hosted a Miss Spider Tea Party at the Waynedale Baptist Church on Lower Huntington Road.

Girls in first, second and third grade were invited to learn more about Miss Spider at the tea party. Participants heard the story read by Carrie Harris from Allen County Public Library - Waynedale branch titled Miss Spider's Tea Party by David Kirk. During "tea" and cookies the girls continued to have fun with other girls while making a special Spider hat to take home with them. The girls learned about Girl Scouting and what helps girls grow strong while having fun in a positive, safe group setting.

"We want every girl to experience what Girl Scouting has to offer," says Linda Chrisman, Community Development Manager, Girl Scouts of Limberlost Council. "At this type of event the girls have so much fun and get a taste of what girl scouting is all about."

Girl Scouting is now in its 91st year. Juliette Gordon Low introduced the Girl Scout concept. While in England, Ms. Low started Guide Companies after watching Sir Robert Baden-Powell introduce the idea of scouting to boys. When she returned to U.S., she brought back with her those same ideas.

Back home in Savannah, Georgia, Ms. Low invited 24 girls to tea to share her exciting idea. The girls were excited and the first troop meeting was held on March 12, 1912. That date is now the official birthday of Girl Scouting.

Girl Scouts of Limberlost Council is one of more than 300 councils chartered by Girl Scouts of the U.S.A. The Limberlost Council's history dates back to 1918 in Bloomingdale, a section of northwest Fort Wayne. In 1926, the Fort Wayne and Allen County Council received its charter from the National Girl Scout organization. Miss Beulah Starkel had the privilege of being the first captain of Troop #1.

Late in the 1950's, Girl Scouts in northeastern Indiana formed Limberlost Girl Scout Council made up of six counties.

If you would like to learn more about spiders, tea parties or just having fun as a Girl Scout take a minute and talk to Linda Chrisman. Her email address is: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone her at 422-3417 extension 3342.

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