Area Girl Scouts have been keeping busy over the past few months.
The girls have taken on a "community take action," collecting items which will be shipped to soldiers overseas. The unit has already sent one shipment of over nine boxes of items along with cards several troops made.
"The unit would like to take this opportunity to thank the American Legion with their help in shipping these items," said Debbie Barber, scout service unit manager. "During the second phase of this ongoing project girls are currently asking the community to purchase an extra box of Girl Scout cookies which will also be shipped to our soldiers. This third and final phase is a second collection of items which is currently being planned for sometime in the spring."
People wishing to make a donation can call Melody Borho at 585-3384, Ann Arno at 942-7091, Frances Malaney at 585-3339 or Rebecca Rice at 532-9103.
The Girl Scout service unit is also currently collecting bottles to help fund a scholarship for a graduating senior who is furthering her education through college or trade school. Anyone who wishes to donate bottles can leave them at the Ticonderoga redemption center or call Frances Malaney at 585-3339, Christa Cole at 585-7791, Ann Arno at 942-7091 or Rebecca Rice at 532-9103.
"If you leave them at the redemption center, please state you are donating them to the Southern Essex County Girl Scouts," Barber said. "A bottle drive is currently being planned for June 4."
About 35 area girls took the plunge at the Moriah Central School pool Dec. 17. The girls enjoyed two hours of fun in the pool to help chase away the winter blues.
The annual Cookie Kickoff was held Jan. 2 at the Ticonderoga First United Methodist Church. It provided an opportunity for about 40 area girls learn about goal setting, taste test the cookies they are selling and to learn how to be safe while selling cookies.
"The service unit would like to thank Becky Barber, a senior girl scout who organized this event," Debbie Barber said. "The unit would also like to thank the following girls for their help at this event: Michaela Comes from Troop 3286, Victoria Sawyer and Tori Fleury from Troop 3256, MyKayla Holt, Susan Ward, Emily Powers, MyKenzie Strum and Shelby Turner from Troop 3068, and Jordyn Borho from Troop 3193. We would also like to thank our adult volunteers: Ann Arno, Ann Westervelt, Lisa Westervelt, Lynn Sawyer, Penny Comes, Christa Cole, Penny Mosley and Melody Borho."
Approximately 50 area girls went bowling at Adirondack Lanes March 5. The event too provided an opportunity for the girls of Moriah, Schroon Lake, Ticonderoga and Crown Point to get together and have some fun.
Future events include snow tubing at Tubby Tubes in Lake Luzerne, Dance Party, Mother/Daughter Tea and an end-of-the-year bridging ceremony.
Other community service projects conducted by area Girl Scouts include a Breast Cancer Walk, which was organized by Lynn Sawyer and her Troop 3256. Susan Ward, MyKenzie Strum from troop 3193 and Becky Barber from Troop 3286 and Jordyn Borho from Troop 3193 helped serve dinner to the Elks at the Elks Lodge earlier this fall. On Feb. 5 girls from Troops 3193, 3286, 3256 and 3410 helped serve hot chocolate to help warm up all those who were sliding in the park at the annual Winter Fest in downtown Ticonderoga. Soda tabs were collected by Ann Arno and her Troop 3410 which were donated to the Ronald McDonald House. They also donated food to the Holiday Train. On Dec. 14 Troops 3410 and 4040 helped serve dinner at Moriah school for the senior citizens. Troop 4036 sang Christmas carols at this event. Troop 3410 has also collected items for the SPCA.
Girls are currently working on the annual cookie sale. They will be out delivering their initial cookie orders throughout the month of March, as well as taking goal getter orders.
"If you haven't ordered your girl scout cookies, it's not too late," Barber said. "These goal getter orders continue until March 20. There will also be booth sales throughout the month of March. For further information or to place an order, please contact Kari Michalak at 585-2532 or myself at 585-6876."
The unit is always looking for new girls to join.
"Whether they join through a troop of though one of our other pathways it's totally up to them," Barber said.
Any girl who is interested in joining Girl Scouts or who would like more information can call Barber at 585-6876; Corinna Woods, membership organizer for Ticonderoga at 585-7895; Val Mildon, membership organizer for Moriah at 942-8112; Penny Comes, membership organizer for Crown Point at 597-9374; or Iris Civilar, membership organizer for Schroon Lake at 532-9239.
"The unit is also always looking for adult volunteers," Barber said. "The unit is always looking for leaders/assistant leaders and if you don't have to time to volunteer as a leader/assistant leader there is some job available within the service unit which doesn't necessarily take the time of a leader/assistant leader."
Interested people can call Barber at 585-6876.
"The service unit would like to take this opportunity to thank the following for their generosity: Ticonderoga Central School District, Moriah Central School District and Schroon Lake Central School District for the use of their facilities, the First United Methodist Church for the use of their fellowship hall, Patricia Shults for her monetary donation, Adirondack Lanes, Ticonderoga Elks Lodge for use of their facilities and monetary donation, Wal-Mart, Stewart's, Bouyea's and Two Brothers Meat Market for allowing the girls the opportunity to do booth sales," Barber said. "The service unit would also like to take this opportunity to thank the surrounding communities for their continued support. Without the communities support and generosity the unit would not be able to offer the programs and opportunities we offer to our girls."