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September 30, 2009

Girl Scouts of Colonial Council to hold Jamboree in CW's Historic Area

More than 3,000 Girl Scouts from southeastern Virginia and northeastern North Carolina will gather in Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Area on Saturday, Oct. 3 to kick off a new year of Girl Scouting with the 2009 Girl Scout Jamboree.

“Colonial Williamsburg and the Girl Scout Council of the Colonial Coast have partnered so these young women can experience 18th-century history, not just read about it,” said Nancy Brisbane, director of ticket sales and operations.

Colonial Williamsburg has created many Girl Scout-specific activities during their visit. At the Benjamin Powell House, Girl Scouts will participate in demonstrations of cooking and a variety of 18th-century daily living activities. The girls will meet with Martha Washington, portrayed by Colonial Williamsburg interpreter Lee Ann Rose. They also will meet with Anne Wager, portrayed by Colonial Williamsburg interpreter Antoinette Brennan. Wager was mistress of the Bray School that taught slave children.

The Girl Scouts also will have the opportunity to participate in several other programs throughout the Historic Area. They will take part in a criminal trial during the “Order in the Court” program and talk with carpenters and blacksmiths in the Historic Trades shops. The girl scouts also will visit Great Hopes Plantation and meet with free black, Edith Cumbo, portrayed by Colonial Williamsburg interpreter Emily James.

To conclude the program, 3,000 Girl Scouts will march alongside Colonial Williamsburg’s Fifes and Drums from the Governor’s Palace down Duke of Gloucester Street to Market Square at 5:45 p.m. where they’ll participate in reciting the Girl Scout Promise and Law.

Girl Scouts is the premier leadership development organization for girls in grades kindergarten through 12. Activities such as the 2009 Jamboree encourage girls to explore their community, both past and present. Girls gain confidence through age-appropriate activities and the guidance of caring adult mentors. The Girl Scout Council of Colonial Coast, a United Way agency, serves nearly 16,000 girls in grades kindergarten through 12 and 6,000 adult volunteers in southeastern Virginia and northeastern North Carolina. For more information visit the Girl Scout Council of Colonial Coast Web site at

Established in 1926, the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational institution that preserves and operates the restored 18th-century Revolutionary capital of Virginia as a town-sized living history museum, telling the inspirational stories of our nation’s founding men and women. Williamsburg is located in Virginia’s Tidewater region, 20 minutes from Newport News, within an hour’s drive of Richmond and Norfolk, and 150 miles south of Washington, D.C., off Interstate 64. For more information about Colonial Williamsburg, call 1-800-HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg’s Web site at

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