LAKEGEORGE-Well over a decade, the members of Girl Scout Troop 3173 have shared a myriad of life-changing experiences, whether it was world travel, exploring careers, helping local youngsters, or reaching out to soldiers overseas.
Lake George High School Juniors Melissa Tenne, Samantha Palazzo, Rebecca Kandora, Kayla Gignac, and Mackenzie Perkett have shared it all through the years - as they have been active in Girl Scouts since their primary years in school.
All but one of the five Troop members started on this non-stop adventure in first grade in scouting, and the "newcomer" joined in third grade, Troop 3173 leader Marybeth Tenne said.
During that time, the girls participated in no less than 10 Great Escape Girl Scout Days, Hershey Park Girl Scout Camporees, and helped plan and conduct activities for the Lake George Elementary Holiday Fair.
In this latter effort, the girls devised the meals, crafts, concessions, and recruited volunteers. Each scout averaged 100 hours in making this treasured community event for youngsters become a reality - and in doing so, they earned their respective Gold Awards for the accomplishment. Among the activities in the Holiday Fair, children create personalized holiday gifts likely to become become treasured family keepsakes.
The five girls' scouting experiences have also including voicing a commercial for television and another segment for radio airplay, plus taking excursions to New York City, Boston and Disney World - twice.
They've also helped plan and conduct activities for World Thinking Day, held annually at Camp Meadowbrook for scouts across the region.
Troop 3173 has kept up one tradition that undoubtedly has brought a lot of cheer into people's lives and never be forgotten.
Since the local soldiers were first activated right after Sept. 11, 2001, these five Girl Scouts have annually prepared and sent off Christmas packages to the service men and women on duty in war-ravaged countries. This past year, they collected cookies and penned Christmas Cards and sent them off to the U.S. troops.
They also complement such vital community service work with fun trips - In June 2010, they cruised to the Bahamas for three days, and topped the expedition off with a four-day stay in Disney World.
Troop 3173 leader Marybeth Tenne said her scouts have experienced wonderful times together, have accomplished a lot through the years - and they are now looking forward to a concluding year in scouting.
Perhaps as a result of their various activities, they have achieved a lot academically and have gained leadership skills, she said.
One of the girls is aiming to become a doctor, another has her sights on law enforcement, and three are active in honor societies, Tenne added.