Girl Scouts gather ’round the bonfire to honor Juliette Gordon Low

Wilton Girl Scouts held their first S’mores and Songs Bonfire at the Wilton Historical Society. More than 100 girls participated in the event which recognized Girl Scout founder Juliette Gordon Low’s birthday on Oct. 31.

The event, host by Girl Scout Troop 50618, also commemorated the completion of the troop’s Bronze Award, which is the highest honor a Junior Girl Scout can achieve. The award requires a minimum of 20 hours of work focused on a community project.

The troop teamed up with the historical society to plan and build a victory garden. Victory gardens, also called war gardens or food gardens for defense, were vegetable, fruit and herb gardens planted at private homes and public parks during World War I and II to reduce the pressure on public food supply brought on by the war effort. The gardens were also considered civil morale boosters.

Troop 50618 worked with local experts and businesses to plan and secure supplies to build the garden. Donors included Teich Garden Systems, James Ferrone Landscaping and Tree Service, Navarro Land Unlimited, Rings End, Village Market and Young’s Nursery, with initial consultation provided by Kevin Meehan and Farmer Jonathan from Ambler Farm.

For the bonfire event, the girls turned the space into a “haunted garden” featuring a Wizard of Oz theme complete with a scarecrow and pumpkins modeled after main characters in the beloved story. Participants at the Bonfire enjoyed a scavenger hunt in the garden, s’mores around the fire, games, making stepping stones for the garden and exchanging Girl Scout SWAPS — Special Whatchamacallits Affectionately Pinned Somewhere. A portion of the proceeds from the event went toward Halloween baskets for local children donated to Wilton Social Services.