Girl Scouts hold fall kickoff

Sep. 26, 2013 @ 07:44 PM

Nearly 70 girls and their families spent last Saturday getting to know what Lee County’s Girl Scouts program has to offer.

Nine local troops set up crafts, games and activities at the Boys & Girls Club facility on Church Street for the county’s annual fall kickoff. In addition to troop booths, families could explore a fire truck staffed by the Sanford Fire Department, bounce on inflatables and eat a hot dog lunch with a snow cone dessert.

The event was meant to connect future Girl Scouts with the troops in our area and provide a springboard for the academic year. This year’s kickoff boasted the largest numbers in recent history, and more than 20 girls signed up to join a troop, according to Kamilah Davis, membership director for Lee and Chatham counties, part of the Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines council.

The event was planned for late summer to tap into the back-to-school spirit.

“Now is the perfect time for girls to get involved in Girl Scouts,” Davis said. “Troops are coming back together after summer break, everyone’s refreshed and ready to learn, and even more girls can join in the fun.”

The event also gives existing Girl Scouts an opportunity to develop and enhance their leadership skills, according to organizers. Girls from the nine troops helped set up their activity and craft stations, worked with the girls who stopped by and were on hand to answer questions about being a Girl Scout.

“Troop leaders, parents, and Girl Scouts staff take every opportunity to let girls practice their leadership skills — whether it’s by leading a troop activity, working with younger girls or interacting with the public,” Davis said. “Girls learn leadership skills and develop a healthy work ethic while developing their passions and pursuing their goals.”

Girls who are interested in Girl Scouting but didn’t make the kickoff will soon have another chance to meet Lee County’s troops. The annual Fall Rally will be held on Friday, Oct. 4, at the Lee County Arts & Community Center on Steele Street starting at 7 p.m.

The Fall Rally prepares girls for their annual fall sale. Girls will taste test the products, play games and make crafts. Any girl between the ages of 5 and 17 is welcome to attend.

For more information about the Lee County Girl Scouts, contact Davis at kdavis@nccoastalpines.org.