Girl Scouts form committee to decide on activities |

Girl Scouts form committee to decide on activities

by Timothy Bowman, Tribune staff writer

The Girl Scouts of South Lake Tahoe have implemented an Older Girls Committee to help decide on and organize Girl Scout activities.

The program began last year, but was used in a limited role. The Older Girls Committee is made up of scouts sixth-grade and older. The committee held their first activity Friday. Troop leader Sherry Griffin said the girls organize activities with little or no help.

“They are responsible for planning the whole event. Make business contacts in the community and booking the space,” Griffin said. “We are really here as advisers.”

For their first activity, the Older Girls Committee created a life-size board game for the scouts to play, complete with Girl Scout trivia questions, and giant foam dice. They plan to hold six to eight events per year, and already have more ideas in the works.

“The next one is going to be a fashion show and then we are going to do a famous-women-in-history theater night,” Griffin said.

The girls are excited about the up-coming events and feel good about the service that the Girl Scouts provide.

“I liked planning (the committee event) and help doing it and making up the questions,” said sixth-grade scout Ali Martinez. “I like planning and knowing that I am helping to make someone happy by doing an event.”

The good of the community is on the minds of all these young scouts.

“We like to do a lot of community service,” said seventh-grade scout Marni Perschnick. “My troop helps the Humane Society.”

“I feel proud that I am helping the community,” Martinez added. “We are going to my school to pick up trash and we are making tray favors for Meals on Wheels.”

Parents too have said they feel great about having their kids in the Girl Scouts.

“Mainly they teach (the scouts) manners, compromise, promise keeping and how to be nice,” said parent Roxanna McClurg. “I was a Girl Scout but we didn’t have near the activities they do. I am really happy with the leaders.”

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