Meridian Star

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September 1, 2013

Girl Scout Recruitment, Launch Parties set for Sept. 12 and 19

MERIDIAN —     There's something for girls of all ages – from the young to the young-at-heart – in Girl Scouts, and Girl Scouts of Greater Mississippi (GSGM) is eager to help you get started.

    GSGM has planned two recruitment/launch parties on Sept. 12 and Sept. 19 for girls in grades K-12, parents and interested volunteers in the Meridian and Lauderdale County area.

    "We're doing something a little different this year," said Sonja Hopkins, GSGM membership and community development specialist.

    "We usually hold recruitments individually in each school, or we will call out several schools to our Meridian office. But for this particular launch party we're asking the Meridian and Lauderdale County area to come out at one time – either on Sept. 12 or 19," Hopkins said. "In addition to signing up to become Girl Scouts, they also will participate in several activities."

    In keeping with this year's celebration of imagination, the theme for the 2013-14 membership year is "I Can't Wait ... ?"

    "We're asking the girls to tell us, 'What can't you wait to do?' 'What is it that you want to do?' 'What are you excited about?' 'What would you like to do with Girl Scouts?,'" she said.

    "As Girl Scouts, women and girls discover how to make their voices heard, connect with others while becoming more active, and make a difference in their communities by taking action," Hopkins said.

    Membership for Girl Scouts is organized according to school grade:

    • Daisy – kindergarten-first grade

    • Brownie – second and third grades

    • Junior – fourth and fifth grades

    • Cadette – sixth through eighth grades

    • Senior – ninth and 10th grades

    • Ambassadors – 11 and 12th grades

    While Scouts are often recognized by their uniforms, it is not a requirement for membership.

    "We usually recommend that girls wear the Girl Scout sash or vest to display their awards, badges and patches," Hopkins said.

    Troop leaders are registered volunteers – parents, grandparents, guardians or other family members and adults 21 years and older – who oversee meetings, as well as guide Girl Scouts through service projects and programs..

    "You don't have to have children to be a leader," Hopkins noted.

    Volunteers are also registered members who serve in several capacities, from assisting the troop leader to coordinating council events and troop activities,

    In addition to securing memberships for girls and adult volunteers, Hopkins said Girl Scouts of Greater Mississippi will promote the healthy living incentive Get Moving Girls Challenge at the recruitment/launch parties. A GSGM Council Shop will be available to purchase Girl Scout t-shirts and other paraphernalia.

    Girl Scouts of Greater Mississippi is the preeminent leadership development organization for girls in kindergarten through 12th grade in Mississippi. In partnership with 3,000 committed adult volunteers, GSGMS serves nearly 9,100 girls in 45 counties in south and Central Mississippi.

    For more information on how to donate to Girl Scouts, call (800) 898-4475 or visit www.gsgms.org

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