Girl Scout Families Enjoy The Great Outdoors
Submitted By Risa Weinberger
“Camp Like a Girl” was the theme of the October outdoor event for Girl Scouts, their family members, and prospective Girl Scouts in the Community “U” Service Unit on Saturday, October 14 at Bullis County Park. Participants learned how to set up a tent, tie knots, properly light a match, create a swap, participate in a camping clothes relay, create a SWAP, examine insects under a magnifying glass, and bake cakes using a dutch oven over an open fire. A staff member from the Girl Scout office was available to answer questions about Girl Scouts organization and sign up girls and their parents as members.
The Community “U” Service Unit includes all neighborhoods and schools within the 78258 and 78260 zip codes. Currently, Community “U” has about 50 Girl Scout troops. While that may sounds like a lot, there are still girls waiting to join troops in this area. The only way to create troops for these girls is if volunteer parents, grandparents, college students, and friends step up as volunteer co-leaders. The Girl Scout office has fabulous kits and materials ready to help new co-leaders get their troop started. All it takes is two adults and five girls to start a new troop.
“Volunteering to be a leader is a very rewarding experience,” said Lori Rudolph, Troop #44 co-leader. “I have had the opportunity to watch the girls in my troop grow from the elementary level into leaders at the high school level. They can now plan activities, work on badges, and help each other with their Gold Award projects. Even better, I have made some wonderful adult friends by attending the monthly leader meetings. The Girl Scout organization has been extremely beneficial for the girls in my troop.”
Troops are always forming. Contact Sara Pena at the Sally Cheever Girl Scout Leadership Center – 210-349-2404 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.