FARMINGTON — About 50 Girl Scouts from around Franklin County gathered Sunday to belatedly celebrate the birthday of founder Juliette Gordon Low.

Dressed in costumes in celebration of her Halloween birthday, the girls participated in crafts, games and dances and ate cupcakes.

The celebration was rescheduled from the original date due to recent storms, said Sarah Chapman, membership manager for Girl Scouts of Maine.

Ranging in age from 5 to 13, girls from troops in Farmington, Jay, Livermore Falls, Wilton, Strong, Avon, Salem and Dryden participated in the party held at the University of Maine at Farmington. It was also an open house for families to join the celebration.

Low started the Girl Scouts in 1912 in Savannah, Ga., as a way to help young girls develop physically, mentally and spiritually. She was born Oct. 31, 1860, in Savannah.

The girls painted cloth bandannas, made small cancer pins and another birthday craft. These were swapped with each other to make new friends, Girl Scout Elizabeth Hodgkin of Jay said.

The cancer pin, a pink ribbon with a pearl attached, represented Low’s own bout with cancer and that she sold pearls, Hodgkin explained.

The girls took time to think of others by bringing food items to fill birthday-decorated boxes that will be distributed to food closets in Strong, Wilton, Farmington and Livermore Falls, Chapman said.

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