Be prepared for summer fun for Girl Scouts and new members

DANIEL CLIFTON • PICAYUNE EDITOR

MARBLE FALLS — While the regular troop meetings might come to an end for the Girls Scouts during the summer, the fun never stops.

“The troops don’t meet, but we’ll have a several things for the girls to do,” said Girl Scout Troop leader Susan Cangemi. With the school year over, the local Girl Scouts held a Spring Fling on May 29 in Johnson Park. The event highlighted many of the actives they had done during the past year as well as showed off some of the benefits of Scouting.

Plus, the girls played several games and enjoyed a few crafts.

“We want to keep the girls active during the summer, but it’s not as formal,” Cangemi said. “They’ll be little gatherings and things like that, but we’ll also have a few bigger events as well.”

On June 28, the local girls will be participating in Global Action Badge Day.

“It’s an official Girl Scout award,” Cangemi said. “The day is where the girls look at issues that are happening to girls around the world and explore ways they can make a difference.”

The event is 9 a.m.-noon in Johnson Park, 230 Ave. J South. It includes many hands-on activities from which girls can learn about germs and water filtration. There’s even a hike planned.

On July 26, the local Girl Scouts are hosting a Pirates Day in Johnson Park from 9 a.m. to noon.

“We’ll be studying pirates and the time period,” Cangemi said. “Plus, we’ll end the day with a pirate water (balloon) fight. So, it will definitely be a lot of fun.”

While the events are open to Girl Scouts, girls can still join during the summer. Cangemi said it’s open to incoming kindergarteners through high school. The new members won’t be assigned a troop until September, but they can still participate in the summer fun.

The local Girl Scouts have enjoyed an increase in membership during the past school year, when they started with about 30 members. It’s grown to about 90, Cangemi said.

“It’s been a good year,” she said. “We’ve had a lot of interest, and a lot of that goes to all the things we do. This is a very active group.”

Go to marblefallsgirlscouts.com for more information or to learn how to register.

daniel@thepicayune.com