Local Girl Scouts and their classmates gathered at Pierson Park in McKinleyville on September 25 for a “Bring a Friend” Girl Scout discovery event.
The event aimed to give girls and parents a chance to experience some of the fun activities involved in this national leadership program for girls and young women. The girls had the chance to try home chemistry activities, take fingerprint scans, see outdoor gear used for archery, rafting, and camping, as well as make projects for the Bug badge and the Gardening badge.
High school students and Girl Scout Ambassadors helped facilitate various activities and games.
As directed by the Northern California Girl Scout Council, local Girl Scout troops are starting to meet in person, mostly outdoors and always masked and socially distanced. The Redwood service unit, which serves Arcata, McKinleyville, Trinidad, Blue Lake, Willow Creek, and Hoopa, is hoping there will be other adults who may want to start troops so more girls can be served.
“We still have girls who want to join the troops, but we need more adults ready to be troop leaders to serve them,” said Jeannette Upton, Daisy and Brownie troop leader at McKinleyville. “COVID-19 presented us with some challenges, but Girl Scouts are always adaptable and ready to try new things. “
“Girl Scouts is a leadership program and as Girl Scouts grow up they gain life skills, confidence and leadership opportunities. We do more than sell cookies, ”said Steph Metteauer, director of membership at the Eureka Program Center.
Girls can join the Scouting program once they are in Kindergarten and can stay there until they graduate from high school. For more information on how to become a volunteer Girl Scout, call 707-443-6641, ext. 3006 or 707-839-3714.