PLATTSBURGH - The Morrisonville Girl Scout Service Unit is again introducing Scouting to young girls in the region while bringing in some fun.
Last year, the service unit held an arts club which introduced various art forms to girls in kindergarten through 12th grade as one of the Girl Scout Pathways - which is just another way for girls to partake in Scouting.
"It's a pathway that girls can be a part of Girl Scouting, maybe opposed to the troop pathway which might be meeting every week, every other week," explained Lauren Currie, leadership development model coach for the Morrisonville Girl Scout Service Unit.
This year, the service unit will host "Fun with Movement," featuring yoga, Zumba, ballet, hip-hop dance, bowling, and silly, goofy games.
"We really want to do something with movement, so each month there's going to be a new type of activity that the girls will be able to engage in," Currie said.
"Ultimately, we as a unit are taking more ownership of healthy lifestyles, healthy living," she added. "It's a huge priority for Girl Scouts to encourage our members to have exposure to activities that promote healthy living."
The monthly gatherings will be held at St. Joseph's Church in Treadwells Mills, beginning at 6 p.m. They will be held Tuesdays, Nov. 16, Dec. 14, Jan. 11, Feb. 15, March 15, and April 12, with girls able to attend one or all of the meetings.
Currie also noted the program is not just for girls within the Morrisonville Service Unit, but in other areas as well.
"We had girls last year from Peru, from Beekmantown, who weren't necessarily Girl Scouts," she said, "but in a way joined Girl Scouting to be a part of the series and then were given the option to continue Girl Scouting as part of a troop or individually or just when these kinds of events are held."
The program is family-friendly, Currie added, and parents are welcome to join in with their daughters.
"We never exclude any adults from participating," she explained. "In the art program last year we had some parents stay with their daughters, do the art projects with their daughters. Often we see that there's girls of different ages and their siblings and they'll join as a family."
The cost to join Fun with Movement is $15, which covers membership for the whole program and supplies. However, if cost is an issue, Currie said there is financial assistance available.
To sign up for the program, contact service unit manager Deborah Colver at 569-8049.
"I think girls who are interested in trying something new, interesting in being active and having fun with other girls their own age [should sign up]," said Currie.