COLUMBIA — To celebrate the 100th anniversary of Girl Scouting, the local council wants to build 100 troops in Columbia.
The Columbia unit of Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland has 75 troops. Beginning in the fall, new troops will be organizing at all elementary schools as well as among home schoolers, said Megan White, the community membership development specialist.
"We want to offer an experience that can really influence a girl's life," White said.
The new scouting year begins in August, and the council will send a representative to back-to-school events to generate interest, White said. Once enough girls sign up, the troop will look for a leader, usually the mother of a member.
Girls as young as the kindergarten level can get involved by becoming Daisy Scouts. Girls graduate from Daisy Scouts after first grade and can then become Brownies, Juniors, Cadettes, Seniors and ultimately, Ambassador Girl Scouts.
At least three girls and two adult leaders are needed to form an official troop, White said. Some troops in Columbia have as many as 35 members but most have between 10 to 12.
"Girl Scouts is committed to providing leadership experiences that help each member discover who she can be and what she can do, wherever she chooses to put her energies," she said.
Girl Scouts was founded in March 1912 by Juliette Low in Savannah, Ga. The organization has since grown to over 3.2 million youth and adult members.
Interested girls should contact the local council, 877-312-4764. Financial assistance is available for dues and uniforms. Visit the local council’s website for registration information.
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