CHESTERTOWN-Girl Scouts in northern Warren County may be few in number, but they have wide-ranging impact through their community service work.
For no less than 11 years, three girls - Sabrina Harpp, Jessica Rounds and Charissa Cronk - have been active in Troop 3299 based in the North Warren School District.
This past year has been particularly active for the group. They have sent 13 packages overseas to soldiers in Afghanistan and Iraq, containing items such as cookies, hygiene products, magazines and other items not readily available in the war-torn countries. Take note that the troop is always seeking more addresses of soldiers for additional packages, and donations of cash or items to be sent would also be helpful in this effort.
Years ago, the three girls also helped plant the flower bed at the North Warren Chamber of Commerce headquarters on state Rte. 8, and they have continued maintaining it for the organization each year.
Continuing a troop tradition, the girls participated in the preparation and the serving of the Community Thanksgiving Dinner this past year.
That's not all.
They prepared the parking signs for the immensely successful Horicon Fun Day and helped with two games at the event, the cup coin toss and the watermelon relay.
With all the activities occurring in conjunction with holidays in the North Country, the troop helps out the town of Horicon and the Friends of the Horicon Library with the Christmas in Horicon Day, and the annual Easter egg hunt.
Holiday-related activities also include helping set out flags in cemeteries for patriotic holidays, and, for years, they sang at the Memorial Day ceremony and the Veterans Day parade. Plus, they've entered floats in the Memorial Day parade.
Troop 3299 Girl Scouts helped out with the newly expanded Great Brant Lake Duck Race through the pancake breakfast, and in the past, they have provided Christmas gifts to all the Head Start children in Chestertown.
While they have collected stamps to benefit dialysis patients over the years, their latest project is collecting gifts for children at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
Lastly, they have also raised money and donated to earthquake recovery efforts in Haiti and other disaster relief efforts - including sending shipments of cleaning supplies to help out hurricane victims in Florida. Local causes, however, remain their focus, as they've helped local fire victims re-establish their lives, and assisted families of cancer patients with their special needs, among other vital efforts.
Very active with service projects throughout the year, Troop 3299 is always looking for more to accomplish, Troop Co-Leader Carolin Harpp said.
"Our girls are energetic, ambitious, and always willing to help others," she said. "They'd go out of their way for anybody."
Local citizens who know of people or families who need help, are urged to call Harpp at 494- 3165 or Kristina McPhee at 538-1586.