Laura Ann Mount is the Membership Specialist for Girl Scouts — Dakota Horizons, Aberdeen.
What comes to mind when you hear Girl Scouts?
Many people answer Girl Scout cookies! Of course our cookies are delicious, but Girl Scouts is so much more than cookies.
Girl Scouts is still the only organization solely dedicated to girls and developing them into our future leaders. Girl Scouts teaches girls leadership skills through the many activities they can participate in, only one of which is the Girl Scout Cookie Sale. We work to build girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place.
Take Girl Scout Troop 40126 from Aberdeen, for example.
When these girls were in the fourth grade, they attended a Girl Scout Camp called Night Owls at the Girl Scout camp at Richmond Lake. Also at camp was a girl who had to use a wheelchair. Troop 40126 discovered that the handicap ramp to Robin’s Nest had rotted out and become dangerous to use. They helped the girl in the wheelchair get safely up and down the ramp at camp. After camp, they decided that their Girl Scout Bronze Award was going to be replacing the handicap ramp at Robin’s Nest. They created a plan, put together a presentation and went out to ask experts for their help in completing the project to code and for everyone’s safety.
The girls replaced all of the stairs and the handicap ramp for all exits on the east side of Robin’s Nest last summer. This summer, camp was safe for everyone to use the stairs and ramp at Robin’s Nest thanks to Troop 40126.
Or take the Girl Scout in Troop 40124 who is currently finishing up her Girl Scout Gold Award, which focuses on pet safety and obtaining animal oxygen masks for the local fire department. Fire departments have been using human oxygen masks at the scene of fires when pets are involved and suffer from smoke inhalation.
While this does get some oxygen to the animals, the masks aren’t made for them. Animal oxygen masks are made to fit properly and give the best oxygen to the animal when needed. When the Gold Award project is complete, the Aberdeen Fire Department will have animal oxygen masks for three of its fire trucks for firefighters to use on animals caught in fires, and the public will have two opportunities to learn about pet safety.
These two projects just scratch the surface on what Girl Scouts can do to make the world a better place. They also demonstrate how Girl Scouts builds girls of courage, confidence and character. Girl Scouts will continue to give girls the opportunities to become the leaders of tomorrow.
Girl Scouts is always looking for those special people who want to help build tomorrow’s leaders from today’s girls. There are many ways to be involved as a girl and as an adult. Visit our website at www.gsdakotahorizons.org to learn more or contact your local Membership Specialist at email@example.com.