Local Girl Scout troops are seeking more representation from Cleburne girls and parents as the 2013-14 school year revs into action.
Of three cities she covers — Cleburne, Godley and Rio Vista — Girl Scouts Service Unit Manager Celina Lyle said Cleburne has the smallest number of participants in Girl Scouts.
“We are just looking at ways to be sure this gets out to the public,” Lyle said. “We want girls to develop leadership qualities where they can go out and make the world a better place. We are trying to build leaders for the future.”
Local troop leader Rose Robinson, who has been involved in Girl Scouts her entire life, said as a means to get more involvement, the Girl Scouts hold at least two recruitment meetings each year.
The next meeting is from 10 a.m. to noon Sept. 14 at CiCi’s Pizza Buffet, 1301 W. Henderson St. in Cleburne.
“Everyone thinks of Girl Scouts, they think of cookies,” Robinson said. “They don’t know about the other stuff. I did not realize that people didn’t know about what Girl Scouts do.”
Lyle said troops are actively involved in many service events, including city clean-up days and volunteering to help out others.
“They are always going on trips and they go camping,” Lyle said. “They work on their badges of course and do service projects every year. They may get to go horseback riding where they would never get to do that if they weren’t in Girl Scouts.
“And we’ve joined the parade every year at Christmas with Whistle Stop. Troops are always busy and doing things.”
Those who need financial aid are welcome to come to the recruitment meeting and inquire about options, Lyle said. Aid is available for memberships, books and vests. She said most troops don’t ask for more than $1 in dues at each meeting.
“Troops, the reason why they sell cookies is so they don’t have to ask parents for money,” Lyle said. “Our sales stay within Girl Scouts. It stays in our council [Texas Oklahoma Plains] and it doesn’t go to Girl Scouts USA.”
Robinson said any girl in kindergarten through 12th grade is welcome to join Girl Scouts. There is also a need for men and women adult volunteers to either lead troops or serve in other capacities, such as joining a leadership team.
For more information, contact Lyle at 817-726-3763.