JOHNSBURG - Their cookie booths have been seen throughout the local community at Gore Mountain and Stewart's Shop. It is Girls Scout cookie season and Girl Scout Troop #3437 of Johnsburg is one of the most active troops in their part of the North Country.
Local girls in Johnsburg as well as those who travel from surrounding towns such as Minerva are started in a local Daisies Troop and many continue their Girl Scout activities well into high school.
Bethanie Baker has been troop leader for the past five years and is impressed with the willingness of her girls.
"These girls are always willing to lend a hand in the community and donate their time towards their neighbors," said Baker.
The troop is currently working toward their Bronze Award in community service and has logged eight hours of service so far. They can often be found working in the clothing center at the North Country Outreach Center as well as stocking shelves in the local food pantry among other things.
Baker takes pride in the fact that her troop is not afraid to do the harder acts of community service.
"Even if you don't see us around town," said said. We are always behind the scenes."
Just as Girl Scouts as an organization is, "dedicated solely to girls-all girls-where, in an accepting and nurturing environment, girls build character and skills for success in the real world," local Girl Scouts are dedicated to the needs in their area.
Baker acknowledged that the troop is always looking for new community service activities. They welcome any ideas.
Girls in Troop #3437 range in age from 9-12 years old and meet at the Outreach Center twice a month.
They have been busy with cookie sales in the preceding weeks, but are currently planning a trip to Bronx Zoo in conjunction with the Johnsburg Youth Committee.
The troop is always welcoming new members as well as looking for local adults to volunteer or commit to being leaders. If interested in membership, volunteering or leadership call Bethanie Baker at 251-3903.