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Head: Girl Scouts have world of fun learning about other countries

What: World of Fun and Friends.

When: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 30.

Where: Tupelo Furniture Market Mississippi Building No. 3 on the corner of Chesterville and Coley Road in Tupelo.

Cost: Free to Girl Scouts and $1 per person for general public.

For more info: Call Julia Newsome at (601) 844-7577 or 1-800-624-4185.

By Eileen Bailey

Daily Journal

Members of Girl Scout Troop 72 in Tupelo have been studying the Northeastern region of the country, including the customs, foods and history, in preparation for the World of Fun and Friends event later this month.

The United States is one of several countries featured at the event, which is being held for the first time since 1989. The last councilwide event featured various types of music and was held at Mississippi State University, said Troop 72 leader Kristy McGuire.

“We will have sweet maple sugar candies to give out and a lobster in a tank for people to view,” McGuire said.

McGuire’s and the other troops in the Prairie Girl Scout Council will be participating in the daylong event that begins Saturday, March 30, at 10 a.m. and ends at 3 p.m.

The Prairie Girl Scout Council, which serves 19 counties in Northeast Mississippi, is made up of more than 5,800 girls, from Daisies to Senior Girl Scouts.

Beverly Burcham, director of communications for the council, said troops in the area have been studying the different countries since the last councilwide event. More than 2,000 Scouts are expected to attend this year.

The first country studied was Guyana, which was a joint project with the national division of Girl Scouts. Scouts also studied Kenya, Australia, Japan, Netherlands, Mexico, Scotland and the United States, which was divided up into regions by the Tupelo troops, said Burcham.

World of Fun and Friends, which is open to the public for a $1 charge and is free to Girl Scouts, will feature food, crafts, songs, geographical information and historical information from each country.

“We hope this will teach them (Scouts) to appreciate the diverse cultures and the backgrounds of people they meet,” Burcham said. “We are not isolated anymore.”

Burcham said some troops in the area received help from former residents of the selected countries who now live in Northeast Mississippi.

Misty Jobe, 10, of Corinth and her fellow members in Troop 121 have been studying Australia. One project they have been working on has been gathering maps of that country, she said.

“We got them from Weekly Readers, National Geographic, computers and travel agents,” she said. Jobe said they also are learning about the Australian flag and the holidays celebrated in that country.

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