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‘Tagalong’ with Girl Scouts

Registration for the Girl Scouts of America will have a brand new flavor for girls in the Troy area this year.

The Wiregrass Division of the Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama Council will hold a recruitment for the 2009-2010 school year from 4 until 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 23 at Dairy Queen in Troy.

“We are excited to have the support of the Dairy Queen of Troy and are looking forward to holding our recruitment and registration event at the Dairy Queen,” said Becci Benson, Wiregrass Division field representative. “Those who join Girl Scouts for the 2009-2010 school year will receive a dollar-off coupon for the Girl Scout Tagalong Blizzard compliments of Dairy Queen.”

And that’s just a “taste” of what Girl Scouts has to offer girls ages five through 17.

Last year, 37 girls participated in four troops in Troy. The Daisy Troop is for girls in kindergarten and first grade. The Brownie Troop includes girls in grades two and three, the Junior Troop for girls in grades four and five, and girls in sixth grade and above make up the Cadet Troop.

For a membership fee of $12 Girl Scouts have a year of fun, fellowship, opportunities and adventures.

“The Girl Scout program has something of interest for every Scout,” Benson said and added laughing. “We offer programs in everything for camping to lip gloss. Girl Scouting offers a large variety of programs, activities and events.”

And Girl Scouting has a proven record of success.

“Out of 100 Girl Scouts, 71 will be honor roll students, compared to 50 on the national average,” Benson said. “Out of 100 Scouts, 18 of them will discover hobbies that will last a lifetime, 12 will first come into contact with their future career path, eight will enter a vocation they discovered through Scouting programs or badge work, four will achieve the Gold Award that is the highest award presented to a Scout, one will use a skill she learned in Scouting to save a life and one will use a skill she learned in Scouting to save her own life. Those are impressive numbers.”

The girls who join Girl Scouting during the registration at Dairy Queen in Troy on July 23, will be eligible to participate in Water Day on Aug. 20 at Camp Humming Hills near Enterprise.

“Water Day will feature different times of water games and activities and will be a lot of fun,” Benson said. “We hope to register a lot of new Girl Scouts, and we also need adult volunteers. Those over the age of 21, who would like to help make a difference in the lives of young girls through the Girl Scouting program, are encouraged to attend the registration at Dairy Queen and learn more about Girl Scouting and the role they can play in advancing the ideals of this outstanding program for girls.”