Learn about Girl Scouts at introductory meeting


September 09, 1998|By Pat Brodowski | Pat Brodowski,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

CAMPING, COOKING, and community service are three ways to describe the activities of Girl Scouts of the North Carroll area.

To find out more about Girl Scouts, attend an introductory meeting at 7 p.m. Sept. 28 at the North Carroll branch library. Girls from kindergarten through age 18 are welcome to join Scouts. The Scouting year is starting now and usually ends in June.

"We have 24 established troops. That's quite a few, with a dozen girls in each one," said Mary Ann Hoffman, who coordinates troops in the area.

She hopes to meet parents at the meeting. Several older Scouts will be on hand to read to young children if they're brought along.

"We'll show parents what the Scouts do, explain costs, the activities, the philosophy, and our purpose," Hoffman explained. "Then we'll scout the room for parents who are interested in helping out."

Troops are usually formed by rank, and often by grade level. Daisy troops are for kindergarten girls; Brownie troops, girls in grades one through three; Junior troops, grades four through six; Cadette troops, grades seven through nine; and Senior troops, grades 10 through 12.

The cost to register is $7. Troops decide upon weekly dues to support their activities. The annual cookie sale supports council activities, such as a breakfast called Dance With Dolphins or mall lock-in sleepovers.

A few established troops meet at local elementary schools, but the majority meet at area churches, where the kitchens are used for activities.

Troops have helped Meals on Wheels, Carroll County Food Sunday, visited shut-ins and planted flowers along highways.

"It's not all crafts, cookies and camping," Hoffman said. "We're very community service oriented."

Hoffman has been a leader since 1980. Daughter Kati is a Brownie, and daughter Diana is a Cadette in a troop that plans to visit the Savannah, Ga., birthplace of Juliette Low, the founder of Girl Scouts, in two years.

"Girl Scouting is a hobby that lets you do things your entire family doesn't get to do," Hoffman said. "We have swimming parties, skating parties and a Halloween Boo Bash. Thinking Day, held in February, is an international celebration in which every troop portrays a country. Everyone gets to watch, see and taste."

Camping is part of Girl Scouts, too. Brownies and Juniors take cabins at Camp Hashawha, and Cadettes and Seniors camp in tents at Union Mills.

Information: 410-239-8562.

Rally Day at Trinity

On Sunday, members of Trinity United Church of Christ in Manchester will hold Rally Day to commence a new year of Sunday school. The event begins with breakfast at 9 a.m. and service at 10: 30 a.m.

The service, led by Herb Ritz, includes a time of reminiscence about memorable Rally Day celebrations. Children will lead the memory sharing. Children with perfect Sunday school attendance will be honored, and those who are being promoted will be recognized.

Information: 410-374-2727.

Music Makers are singing

The children who meet at Deon Tait's Hampstead home every week love to sing, so much that Tait formed the Music Makers in February.

"It's less formal than a choir and more fun," is how Tait describes her group.

With an accompanist on piano, Tait leads girls ages 4 to 11 in children's music. As they sing, they come up with clever ways to animate the words.

Tait was a Baltimore County music teacher and director of several church choirs before deciding to stay at home with her young daughters.

Music Makers starts a 10-week session Monday. A performance is given by the girls at the end of each session.

Information: 410-239-1442.

Pub Date: 9/09/98

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