BOLTONLANDING-For a small town, Bolton boasts outstanding participation in its Girl Scout programs, scout leaders said this week.
For several recent years, all the girls - every single one - in particular grades at Bolton Central School have been enrolled in Girl Scouts.
Such a commitment translates to a vibrant, caring spirit of helping others, local community leaders have noted.
This year, Bolton's Ambassador Girl Scout Troop 3204 of 13 girls - primarily high school juniors - have been active in community service, said Tammie DeLorenzo, who leads the troop along with Melanie Persons.
Their projects include conducting the Haunted Trail during Halloween season at Up Yonda Environmental Farm. The Up Yonda staff has depended on their energy and enthusiasm in presenting this event for a half-dozen years.
Also, the girls have assisted Legionnaires in replacing flags in the area cemeteries, and then participated in flag-burning ceremonies on Veterans Day. To help out the veterans, they've assisted in cleaning up the American Legion Post in Bolton.
The girls also filled downtown with traditional holiday cheer last year by singing Christmas carols at various businesses as well as residents' homes.
Not all the fun was local.
In late 2009, the Bolton scouts traveled to Boston, and visited such sites as Quincy Market, the Boston Aquarium, the Children's Museum and the USS Constitution. The trip included a tour of the Prudential Center, experiencing a performance of the Blue Man Group, plus a visit to The Tomb, an interactive educational experience.
During the 2011-12 year, the girls are looking forward to not only a trip that's the climactic event of their scouting tenure, but their celebration of the 100th anniversary of Girl Scouting.
One such event observing that centennial is the upcoming Jam Camp, a weekend regional camping event with thousands of girls attending.
Active in the Ambassador Troop 3204 are: Sonja Hess, Katie Dimick, Melanie Bishop, Siera Persons, Megan Flynn, Karyn Cassidy, Hallie Maranville, Rosie Denne, Sierra Detrick, Julie Odonnell, Marie DeLorenzo, Tori Persons and Morgan Chamberlain.
DeLorenzo said her scouts manage to reserve time in their busy schedules for scouting, whether it's to have fun or help others.
"All the girls are very active in arts and sports, honor society and Key Club," she said. "It's amazing what the girls accomplish."
The younger scouts in town have followed in the footsteps of these older Girl Scouts.
Bolton's Daisy Scout Troop 3448, led by Amanda Brilyea and Melissa Carroll, have conducted a service project collecting goods for animal shelters in the region. Junior Troop #3131, led by Karen Ryan and Deanna Roessler, assisted in Veterans Day events as well as replanting bulbs and trimming foliage at the Bolton Town Hall.