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Girl Scouts reach for the moon on 50th anniversary of first lunar landing


Activities offered for all at July 20 event in Warren, NH

WARREN, NH – Fifty years after Neil Armstrong became the first human to set foot on the moon, that lunar landing is still inspiring people around the world to reach for seemingly impossible goals. Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains will celebrate the anniversary of that 1969 milestone on Saturday, July 20, at the Warren Town Hall from 4 to 7 p.m. You’ll know you’re in the right spot because the town is host to an actual Redstone rocket, which sent the first American into space and laid the groundwork for taking humans to the moon, towering a good 66 feet above the green.

Take a photo with the rocket and explore space flight and lunar science activity stations with the Girl Scouts. Learn about Girl Scouts’ space science badges and STEM programming. Become a lunar scientist and explore human space flight, rockets, robotics, and more! Local experts, scientists, and historians will be on hand to share their stories of how Warren became home to this piece of history and about space science. It’s also a great opportunity to learn more about Girl Scouting and even sign up to join a troop. This free event is open to the public and all are welcome to attend.

Likely the only missile installed in a public park, the Redstone was one of the first types of missile to carry a nuclear warhead. A Redstone was also the booster that sent Alan Shepard, the first American in space, on his brief sub-orbital trip. There is a replica of the rocket at the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center in Concord, NH, but the town of Warren is proud to have an actual Cold War-era rocket. It was brought to the town by Ted Asselin, who found a field of surplus rockets in Alabama in 1970, stripped of the engines, guidance controls, and more. If he could pay the cost of moving it, it was his. In April of 1971, it arrived in Warren – but not without first getting a fine for not having a permit to bring the giant cargo through Ohio.

The rocket is in town of Warren north of Plymouth, off Exit 26 of I-93, near the intersection of routes 118 and 25C. It’s about a half-hour drive from Plymouth; an hour’s drive north of Concord, NH; 45 minutes from Hanover, NH; or an hour and a half from Montpelier, VT.

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The Girl Scout Research Institute found that giving girls the opportunity to engage in STEM subjects at an early age increases their  likelihood to go on to careers in math, science, and engineering fields. Girl Scouts is committed to providing high quality STEM programming for all girls. Girl Scouts unleashes the G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)™ in every girl, preparing her for a lifetime of leadership. Everything a Girl Scout does centers around STEM, the outdoors, development of life skills, and entrepreneurship. Whether she’s building a robotic arm, coding her first app, building a shelter in the backcountry, or packing for her first hike, a Girl Scout has an exciting array of choices to suit her interests at every age.

About Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains: Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains is recognized throughout New Hampshire and Vermont as a leading expert on girls. Our Girl Scout Leadership Experience is a one-of-a-kind leadership development program for girls, with proven results. It is based on time-tested methods and research-backed programming that helps girls take the lead—in their own lives and in the world. Through our exciting and challenging programs, Girl Scouts not only participate but also take the lead in a range of activities—from kayaking, archery, and camping, to coding, robotics, financial literacy training, and beyond! Serving more than 10,000 girls throughout New Hampshire and Vermont, girls discover the fun, friendship, and power of girls together. Visit