Current and perspectiveGirl Scouts can meet on Friday to learn how they can make a difference through their organization.
Starting at 6 p.m. on the Madison County Courthouse lawn, Girl Scouts and potential recruits will have the opportunity to enjoy an informational meeting about how they can get involved in their community. They will also get to participate in games and STEM activities, make s'mores and have an opportunity to win prizes.
"We’ll also have a registration station where girls can register to join and adults can register as a volunteer or a troop leader," Meredith Lepp, service unit manager for the Girl Scouts in Madison County, said. "Every 15 minutes we’ll draw for prizes, too. People can come anytime between 6 to 8 on the courthouse lawn on Main Street."
In addition to selling cookies, Lepp said, the Girl Scouts offer a variety of activities that aren't just cookies or crafts. Lepp said many of their troops love outdoor activities like hiking, camping, fire building and caving, or STEM, horseback riding and the arts, while others may prefer to simply have meetings and spend time together indoors.
"We have many troops who have traveled to Savannah, Tennessee, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania and other places," Lepp said. "The best part is that there are activities available that will fit with any girl and her interests."
Growing up a Girl Scout herself, Lepp couldn’t wait to have a daughter of her own so she could continue being a Girl Scout by being a Girl Scout leader.
"I did all the regular Girl Scout activities myself — cookies, day camp and sleep away camp, troop meetings and parades — and I had amazing leaders who were always willing to try new things with us and get us involved," Lepp said. "I’ve been leading both of my daughters’ troops since they were each in kindergarten (they’re in seventh and ninth grade now), and I have loved watching them all learn and grow through the years."
Over time, Lepp said, she's watched as her daughters have become more independent and selfless as well as growing to love and support each other. They've also gotten involved in many community projects.
"It’s so much fun! Girl Scouts offer many awesome opportunities for girls, ranging from independence, leadership and business skills, and adventure," Lepp, said. "Girl Scouts support and include each and every girl and help them learn to face the world believing in themselves and their abilities."
Girls can sign up during the event, with registration being $25. Can't find a sitter? Bring the whole gang! There's fun to be had for everyone.
In the event of rain, the event will be rescheduled for Sept. 13. For more information, or to ask questions, email email@example.com
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