TICONDEROGA - Area Girl Scouts have been keeping busy the past few months.
New was a Christmas craft party at the First United Methodist Church in December. Girls from Moriah, Schroon Lake and Ticonderoga got together to work on a craft during the holiday season. In conjunction with this the area girls worked on a community service project. Each troop throughout the unit collected new and gently used toys which were donated to Dave Justus from Morrisonville.
He has been running a food pantry from his home for the past 39 years which serves families from Clinton, Essex and Franklin counties. In addition to running this food pantry he collects toys and such for children through age 16. He allows families to come to his house, pick up food items and take a few toys for their children for Christmas. Last year he gave away over 800 presents to children.
"The unit would like to thank the Methodist Church for the use of their fellowship hall, Ann and Lisa Westervelt and their troop 3193 for organizing this event," said Debbie Barber of the local scout unit.
In January approximately 60 girls were locked in at Moriah Central School pool. This new event featured swimming followed by pizza then a number of organized games after which the girls were given some free time.
"The unit would like to thank Moriah school for the use of their building, Boyeau's for the pizza and delivery, and to Val Mildon and both of her troops 4040 and 4036 for organizing this event," Barber said.
The annual Favorite Fella Dance was Feb. 6 at the Ti Armory. Approximately 20 girls attended dressed in Hawaiian attire to enjoy a Lau.
"We would like to thank the Ti Armory for allowing us to host this event, Marc Potter, McDonalds of Ticonderoga, and Kim Powers and Lynn Sawyer for organizing this event," Barber said. "Earlier in the day the girl scouts were at the Winter Fest serving hot chocolate to help warm up all those who ice skated.
"These events provided the opportunity for the girls to meet and make some new friends within our surrounding communities," she added.
Future events will be bowling, Girl Scout Sunday, Mother-Daughter Tea, hiking and unit camping.
Some other take action/community service projects done by individual troops so far this year have been: Breast Cancer Walk which was organized by Lynn Sawyer and her troop 3256, Story Hour which was organized by Kim Powers and her troop 3068 (this was done as their Bronze Award), Collection of Items for the Animal Shelter which was organized by Lisa Westervelt, and her troop 3193 and a collection for our troops overseas was organized by Melody Borho and her troop 3776.
Girls are also working on the annual cookie sale.
Along with the order taking the girls were also working on a community service project. They were encouraged to ask everyone to consider purchasing an extra box which will be shipped to troops overseas. "Money raised from the sale of cookies stays in our community thus allowing us to plan trips and programs for our girls," Barber said. "If you have not ordered those Girl Scout cookies, it is not too late."
To order cookies, please contact Town Cookie Managers Kari Michalak at 585-2532 or Barber at 585-6876.
"The unit Girl Scouts are always looking for new girls to join," Barber said. "Whether they join through a troop of through one of our other pathways is totally up to them.
"Any girls are interested in joining Girl Scouts or who would like more information can call Barber at 585-6876, Corinna Woods, Ticonderoga membership organizer, at 585-7895, Penny Comes, Crown Point membership organizer, at 597-3393, Holly Rollins, Moriah membership organizer at 546-7971, or Iris Civilar, Schoon Lake membership organizer at 532-9239.
"I 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, Roger's Rock for use of their picnic area, Ti Armory, Mc Donald's of Ticonderoga, Marc Potter and Patricia Shultz for her monetary donation," Barber said.
"The unit would like to take this opportunity to thank the surrounding communities for their continued support," she said. "Without your support and generosity we would not be able to offer the programs we offer to our girls."