Archive for Thursday, January 6, 2005

Girl Scouts ring in new year with flurry of activities

January 6, 2005

Lansing Girl Scouts are getting an early start in 2005. The service unit, comprising 12 troops grades K-12, begins activities just after ringing in the New Year.

Girl Scout cookies were delivered Tuesday to Lansing, and distribution will follow. Girl Scouts also will sell leftover cookies in front of stores like Kmart and Wal-Mart.

In February, said Service Unit Manager Cheryl Icke, the Scouts will host their annual Father-Daughter Dance, an event open to all residents who RSVP to Icke at 250-0766. It will be in the Lansing Elementary School gym at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 18.

In March, Scouts will participate in the Scout Fair at Leavenworth Plaza. There will be activities for the girls, and all troops will perform a skit to encourage non-Girl Scouts present to consider the group. Icke said everyone was welcome.

"We use all our activities as an opportunity to open up to those who are not Girl Scouts already," Icke said.

As the weather turns warmer in May, the Scouts will conduct their Mother-Daughter Tea. The annual event will be May 2, tentatively at Lansing United Methodist.

Icke said the biggest event next year was the popular and still-growing Father-Daughter Campout, now a tradition, which began in 1997. Icke's daughter, Autumn, created the event to earn her Gold Award in Girl Scouts.

On the weekend of May 6, Lansing Girl Scouts and their fathers will spend three days camping, talking around the fire and enjoying outdoor activities.

Also, each month the girls go to Colonial Manor, where there's a Lansing Girl Scouts tree. Troops decorate the tree with month-appropriate themes.

These events are all in addition to regular meetings and the activities of each individual troop, as well as ongoing efforts by all the girls to earn badges and Bronze, Silver and Gold awards.

Icke said as busy as next year looks, this year was just as busy. She pointed out activities such as a successful effort to increase the number of scouts, who now number 90 in grades K-12; a group of older Girl Scouts who went to Colorado Springs to raft, hike and live outdoors during the summer; troops who attended camps and went horseback riding; and participation in the Mayor's Christmas Tree Lighting.

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