By WAYNE ALLEN
PDT Staff Writer
Girl Scouts from across the state gathered Saturday at Camp Molly Lauman in Lucasville to dedicate the first Girl Scouts of Ohio’s Heartland Quilt Square.
“A couple of weeks ago, girls from Troop 1190 and Troop 386 started a journey that we welcome you to continue. They came to paint the first Girl Scouts of Ohio’s Heartland Quilt Square,” said Amanda Williams, program manager with Girl Scouts of Ohio’s Heartland. “The square is a replica of an Ohio Star. This pattern has been used for over 200 years, and has been called by different names, including the Variable Star.”
Williams said the square was dedicated to Aileen Blythe, for her many years of service to the Girl Scouts.
“Now, this first of Ohio’s Heartland’s quilt squares will hang here at Camp Molly Lauman as a reminder to all, of Aileen’s commitment to providing girls with the best outdoor experiences,” Williams said.
The event was the kick-off event for the 100th anniversary of Girl Scouts of America, Williams said. As a part of the celebration, quilt barn squares will be placed in all of the 30 Ohio counties in which the Heartland Scouts are represented.
Participants also participated in eight stations throughout Saturday afternoon, including archery, lashing, orienteering, nature hike with camouflage, geocaching.
“Some of the kids have been here before and some of them have not,” Williams said. “We’ve had a lot of girls come from places like Franklin County and Delaware County.”
The girls who participated in Saturday’s events received quilt painting kits where they can create their own small quilt barn square paintings.
For more information about Girl Scouts of Ohio’s Heartland, visit www.gsooh.org.