Spring Lake Park unit seeks more Girl Scouts

The Girl Scouts from the Spring Lake Park Service Unit were in full force last week at back-to-school open houses all across the district, answering questions and passing out information to interested girls in grades K-5.

Emmaclaire Fort, a 10th-grade Senior Scout, answers questions Sept. 3 at the Northpoint Elementary School meet and greet. Photo submitted

Emmaclaire Fort, a 10th-grade Senior Scout, answers questions Sept. 3 at the Northpoint Elementary School meet and greet. Photo submitted

Informational flyers can also be found in the Westwood Middle School office for older girls who may be interested in getting involved.

Girl Scouts is a way for girls of all ages (up to grade 12) to develop and nurture skills that will help them throughout their lives – financial education, outdoor awareness, global citizenship, STEM, healthy living and more.

There are many ways to be involved from simply attending camp, to being a Juliette Scout (participating in individual events as time allows), to being part of a troop.

Girls in a troop are part of a larger group called a service unit, comprising the troops in a school district or area, then part of the local River Valleys Council and Girl Scouts USA.

The Spring Lake Park Service Unit has 150-200 members each year in about 15-20 troops. Those troops host service unit events most months for all Scouts to enjoy with their troops or individually, including the annual founder’s birthday and Halloween party, family events, powder puff derby, encampment,cookie sale rally and the Tower Days parade. Training and support of the adult volunteers in the service unit is also accomplished.

Like the troop leaders, the service unit staff is all volunteers.

“Girl Scouts cannot happen without dedicated men and women willing to facilitate learning for our future women leaders of tomorrow. We are always looking for people who can share their skills and talents with our girls,” said Chris Fort, Spring Lake Park Service Unit co-manager, adding that all volunteers are trained and background-checked.

Troops are forming soon. Contact Co-Service Unit managers Katie Brazil, Chris Fort and Tara Munroe at slpsum16@gmail.com.

An information session for parents and their daughters takes place 7-8 p.m. Sept. 17 in the Park Terrace Elementary School cafeteria.

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