Cranford Girl Scouts Celebrate the Season at Annual Tree Decorating Event

Submitted by Kerry Rokicki

More than 330 Cranford Girl Scouts participated in the annual decorating of the town holiday tree in Mayor’s Park on Friday, November 23, 2018. For the fourth year in a row, Cranford Girl Scout Junior Troop 40013 hosted the event. The morning activities included The Pledge of Allegiance led by Girl Scout Brownie Troops 40079 and 40455, the singing of The Star Spangled Banner by Girl Scout Junior Megan Moritz, and a food drive to benefit the Community FoodBank of New Jersey. Girl Scouts from Daisys in kindergarten up through Cadettes in high school participated in the tree decorating by hanging hundreds of hand-crafted ornaments on the boughs and branches.

The tree in Mayor’s Park is located across from the township municipal building at the corners of Springfield and North Avenues. The tree decorating event was part of a full agenda sponsored by the Cranford Chamber of Commerce that culminated with the tree lighting ceremony in the evening.

“It was our pleasure and honor to once again lead this well-loved town tradition,” said Elayna Torsone, leader of Girl Scout Junior Troop 40013. “As hosts, we coordinate the schedule, organize the troops and set the tone for a fun and festive morning. This year was especially cold, so we made sure to be extra warm and welcoming. The girls learn a lot from this event, such as how to incorporate new ideas and work as a team.”

The Girl Scouts of Cranford is an organization dedicated to building G.I.R.L.’s (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)™ of courage, confidence, and character who will make the world a better place. The Girl Scouts of Cranford Service Unit 48 is a part of the Girl Scouts Heart of New Jersey Council which is part of the Girl Scouts of the U.S.A. For more information on the Girl Scouts of Cranford, go to