Girl Scouts, leaders needed in Franklin County

September 13, 2004|by BONNIE H. BRECHBILL

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A new program in Girl Scouts is designed to attract older girls to the 92-year-old organization often associated with camping, hiking and earning badges.

Studio 2B, whose goals are for girls to "Become, belong, believe and build," is designed by girls for girls and may include activities such as horseback riding, bus trips, white-water rafting and community service, a Scouting official said.

"It's a whole new outlook in Scouting," according to Laura Drent, secretary at the Chambersburg office. "It provides opportunities for older girls."


For girls age 11 through 12th grade, Studio 2B replaces the Cadette and Senior levels of scouting. Girls plan an activity and adult advisers help them make it happen, according to the program's brochure.

"Dream it, plan it and then do it - Studio 2B is about making things possible," the brochure states.

In Franklin County as of August 2004, 1,665 girls and 422 adults in 102 troops participated in Girl Scouting. Those numbers are down slightly from 2003, when Franklin County had 1,726 girls in Scouting, according to Linda Durbin, field director for Franklin and Fulton counties.

The benefits of Scouting are many, Durbin said.

In Girl Scouts, "girls learn skills for working with others and they learn leadership skills," Durbin said. "It's an opportunity to be with girls, to do career exploration and learn crafts. The goals are very high: To contribute to society, to learn to relate to others, and to develop her own interests and abilities.

"From the Daisy program up through high school, the girls develop values, learn about the environment and the outdoors, where their place is in society and how they can improve society," Durbin said.

Recruitment for the 2004-05 Scouting year is still open.

Adult volunteers always are needed to serve as troop leaders and advisers, said Debbie Butcher, director of communications at Penn Laurel Girl Scout council headquarters in York, Pa.

"Even if (the adult) is not available as a troop leader, there are other options - a one-time sharing of their expertise or their career," Butcher said. "You could take the girls rope climbing, whatever. It's an adaptive way to get adults to mentor girls."

Durbin noted that it is has been difficult the last several years to recruit leaders, as many women have gone back to work.

The council provides training to leaders "so we can offer a consistent program," she said, "and to make the leader comfortable in her role of delivering the program to the girls."

Daisy troops are for kindergartners; Brownie troops are for grades one through three; junior troops are for grades four through six; Studio 2B is for ages 11 through 12th grade.

Girls between the ages of 5 and 17 may register for the 2004-05 year at these locations:

· Tuscarora School District: St. Thomas Volunteer Fire Co., 34 School House Road, St. Thomas, Tuesday, 5 to 8 p.m.; or Milky Way Restaurant, 99 Path Valley Road, Fort Loudon, Friday, 5 to 8 p.m.

· Waynesboro, Quincy, Mont Alto, Greencastle and Blue Ridge Summit areas: Waynesboro Armory, 410 N. Grant St., Waynesboro, Sunday, 2 to 5 p.m.

Residents of the Shippensburg area and Chambersburg area school districts can call 717-264-5020.

For more information about becoming a Girl Scout or a leader, contact the Penn Laurel Girl Scout Council at 1-800-673-2561, go to on the Web or call Durbin at the local field office at 717-264-5020.

One-year membership registration costs $10. Financial help is available for those who are unable to pay the fee.

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