“The overall purpose of the party is to bring Girl Scouts and their friends together in a safe place in a safe environment with a lot of creativity and a lot of fun. Girl Scout Troops 7920 and 79201 are out of Trinity United Methodist Church and they’re an extremely active troop,” said Alison Athens-Moore, coordinator of Trinity United Methodist Church’s Girl Scout offerings. “They do a tremendous amount of community service and as well we help with outreach for council.
“What outreach is is activities, such as [this] that bring girls together that are Girl Scouts and non-Girl Scouts, so that the girls in the community can see what an exciting and fun and educational program that Girl Scouting is. It provides a platform for them to just experience a Girl Scout event that’s sponsored by our troop and also to continue on either with our troop or with other troops as well.”
On Nov. 15 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., the party will be held at the Cartersville Civic Center, 435 W. Main St. Along with crafts and games, the event will feature music, dancing with a disc jockey, pizza and snacks. Also present will be representatives from Girl Scouts, who will share information about joining Scouting to inquiring girls and their parents.
“We are growing [in Bartow County],” said Amy Gallman, membership specialist for Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta. “... We have a lot of girls in Bartow right now but at one point in time, I was told that there was over 1,000 girls and we want to go beyond that. At the end of the year last year, we were at 375 girls [kindergarteners through 12th-graders] and we had over 25 troops. And we’re starting to see that grow quite a bit. We want to get the community more involved, the girls more involved in the community, get us out there so people can see us and show them that there is a wonderful program out there for the girls.
“... We [also] are starting a new campaign to try to get more adult volunteers. We want to stress that you do not have to have girls in Girl Scouting to be a volunteer. We have a lot of grandparents. We have a lot of moms that have volunteered to be troop leaders that don’t even have girls. They have sons. We have one volunteer, she’s been doing it for 15 years as a troop leader and she’s never had a girl at all. We just want to make sure that we let everybody know that we do appreciate everything that they’ve done for Girl Scouting and if anybody wants to get involved, they’re free to contact [us].”
According to www.gsgatl.org, “Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta, Inc., serves more than 46,000 girls and 17,000 adult members in 34 counties in the greater metropolitan Atlanta area, northwest Georgia and Polk County, TN. Our administrative headquarters and a volunteer service center are located at 5601 North Allen Road in Mableton, Georgia and our service centers are located in Cumming, Dalton and Griffin.
“At Girl Scouts, our mission is to build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. We are the largest organization dedicated solely to girls — all girls — where, in a diverse, inclusive, accepting and nurturing environment, girls build skills for success in the real world. In partnership with committed adult volunteers, girls develop qualities that will serve them all their lives, like leadership, strong values, social conscience, and conviction about their own potential and self-worth. ... Founded in 1912 by Juliette Gordon Low, Girl Scouts’ membership has grown from 18 members in Savannah, Georgia, to 3.4 million members throughout the United States, including U.S. territories, and in more than 90 countries through USA Girl Scouts Overseas.”
For Athens-Moore, a former Girl Scout, whose daughter now is a cadet in Troop 79201, Scouting offers a bevy of advantages for its members.
“I started as a Brownie and I went through my junior year,” Athens-Moore said. “Girl Scouting has benefited me in learning discipline through programs, such as the cookie program. I’m actually an entrepreneur now. I have a PR consulting business, so I learned a bit about money management at an early age as I’m teaching my daughter to do as a Girl Scout as well. It helps with organizational skills ... [and], it also brought my friends and I together in a safe environment where we could experience creativity through projects and crafts.”
Since space is limited for the event, those wishing to attend need to call Athens-Moore at 770-639-9248 to RSVP. A donation of $5 is sought, which will help cover event expenses. For more information about joining Girl Scouts, contact Gallman at 770-702-9311 or email@example.com.