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To the moon: Girl Scouts celebrate Apollo 11

By JOYANNA LOVE/ Senior Staff Writer

Chilton County Girls Scouts commemorated the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 landing on the moon by making rockets and learning about outer space and other science topics on July 16.

The event was hosted by the Girl Scouts of Verla Price Service Unit and featured a mini rocket launch creation station, galaxy necklaces, a moon landing craft and climaxed with two rocket launches.

Information about many of the planets and the moon as available for girls to read as they completed a scavenger hunt.

Addie Ingram and Kaylie Jones of Troop 28206 in Maplesville said the rocket launch was their favorite part.

Ingram said she had done similar launches before with her dad.

Jones said she liked the second rocket because it went higher.

Each of the Girl Scouts present had signed this rocket prior to the launch.

Carmen Jones of Troop 424 in Clanton said she enjoyed making the galaxy necklaces as a part of the event. She said she liked the colors.

Girls created the necklaces by putting glitter, baby oil and dye in a small vial, sealing it shut and attaching a cord.

Attendees qualified for a Girl Scout badge.

Ingram said she wanted to joined Girl Scouts because it sounded fun.

“A friend of mine … she said it was fun, and there was a bunch of stuff you could do, so I wanted to do it,” Kaylie Jones said.

Carmen Jones said she enjoyed Girl Scouts because of all the activities.

“They will probably see it (moon landing) again in their life time, hopefully,” Ginger Hansen with the Girls Scouts of North-Central Alabama Birmingham office said. “They may be riding to the moon themselves.”

Hansen said the Clanton event was being held in connection with a larger event in Huntsville.

In Huntsville, Girl Scouts had gathered to try for a Guinness Book of World Records record for the most rockets launched at one event.

Hansen said the Huntsville event launched 5,000 at 8:36 a.m. “the official time of the Apollo.”

Girl Scouts national CEO Sylvia Acevedo was a part of the event.

More than 100 new Girl Scout badges related to STEM were also announced on July 16.