Girl Scouts seeking new local members

Courtesy photo<br>Sierra Cottle, left, and Leandra Benson White, right, Cadettes in Girl Scout Troop 713, stack some of the 200 early reader books they collected to donate to the Head Start program in Yarnell. 

Courtesy photo<br>Sierra Cottle, left, and Leandra Benson White, right, Cadettes in Girl Scout Troop 713, stack some of the 200 early reader books they collected to donate to the Head Start program in Yarnell. 

If your daughter is interested in community service, would like to learn leadership skills, take part in a variety of activities, and is interested in making friends, bring her to the Girl Scout Open House at the Prescott YMCA on Saturday, Aug. 13 from 9 a.m. to noon.

"Girl Scouts do many service projects in the community throughout the year," said Pat Mann, co-manager of the Prescott Girl Scout Service Unit. "Several local Girl Scout troops send cookies to our servicemen and women overseas, collect items for babies that helped 40 teen mothers, a senior helped organize a science day for girls at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, and one troop donated over 100 books to the Head Start."

Troop 713, which is made up of Cadettes, a group of 12- to 14-year-old girls who meet at the United Methodist Church in Prescott, collected more than 200 books for early readers and gave them to the Head Start extension office in Yarnell, said Beth Cottle, a troop leader.

"We talk about issues going on in the community and the girls came up with the idea to collect books," Cottle said. "They were excited because their donation is now part of a mobile library."

Cottle said it's critical that the girls come up with the ideas for what they want to do and that they follow through on it.

"It's important for the girls to see that what they do makes a change," she said.

Cottle said along with collecting the books, the girls collected and donated used cell phones to Stepping Stones, sang Christmas carols at local retirement homes, took part in parades, and underwent a year of transition as many of them started middle school.

In September, all local Girl Scouts from Daisies to Seniors will be invited to Songs, Skits and S'mores at a local campground for the traditional kick-off to a new year of Girl Scouting, Mann said.

Local Girl Scout troops also plan to march in the Veterans Day parade since it's also the Girl Scout's centennial, Mann said.

"Prescott was one of the first troops in all of the U.S.," Mann said. When our founder Juliet Lowe started her troop, some of the leaders came out here and started troops of their own out here."

Mann is also hoping to get programs organized with local museums to give Girl Scouts the opportunities to tour and take part in museum programs.