Girl Scout Bring a Friend EVent

A Bring-a-Friend event will be held on September 25th in Pierson Park, McKinleyville from 1 to 3 pm to show area girls some of the activities they might do in Girl Scouts, which is the largest organization serving girls and young women. The event is for girls aged 5-12 along with a parent. “Girl Scouts is a leadership program and as Girl Scouts grow, they gain life skills, confidence, and leadership opportunities. We do a lot more than just sell cookies,” explains Steph Metteauer, Membership Director in the Eureka Program Center. The event is free and will offer girls a chance to try some Girl Scout activities and provide parents a chance to learn about the program. Families can see what knots and lashings can do for raft building, do experiments from the Home Scientist Badge, learn about our local camp that includes rock climbing & kayaking, and do creative elements from different badges for Brownies and Juniors. Following Girl Scouts of Northern California council guidelines, local Girl Scout troops are starting to meet in person, mostly outdoors and still masked and socially distanced. Zoom is still utilized in creative ways by some troops. The Redwood Service Unit which serves Arcata, McKinleyville, Trinidad, Blue Lake, Willow Creek, and Hoopa is hoping that there are some more adults who might like to start troops so that more girls can be served. “We always have girls who want to join troops, but we need more adults willing to become Troop leaders in order to serve them,” says Jeannette Upton, a Daisy and Brownie Troop leader in McKinleyville. She adds, “Covid-19 gave us some challenges, but Girl Scouts are always adaptable and willing to try new things.”

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