Girl Scouts are known for camping, serving the community, and of course, cookies. Active in Surry County for decades, the program has grown and improved in recent years, according to Jennifer Tinnes, volunteer Girl Scout representative for Surry County.
“It’s important for girls to have fun while making friends and learning leadership skills. That is what Girl Scouts offers,” said Tinnes. In addition girls learn financial responsibility and entrepreneurship skills while selling cookies, geography and cultural diversity during World Thinking Day programs, compassion and community service during Do a Good Turn day, and independence and outdoor skills at camp.
The new model for Girl Scouts provides different pathways, such as troops, camp, regional events, and online opportunities. Each girl can choose one or several of the pathways, depending on her interests. “There is no reason that a girl cannot be a Girl Scout,” Tinnes said, explaining that if being in a troop does not fit a girl’s schedule, there are other options.
With many active troops in Pilot Mountain, Mount Airy, Westfield, and Copeland, the organization is looking to expand in other areas of the county. Additional volunteers are needed in Dobson, Low Gap, and Elkin.
There are lots of benefits for adults to join as well. “Making a difference in a girl’s life, whether you are a parent or not, is a truly valuable experience,” said Tinnes.
Adults also receive training that can improve other areas of their lives and make life long friendships. “Taking on a leadership role in Girl Scouts has helped me grow as a person,” Tinnes added.
During the next week girls from Surry County will have the opportunity to join Girl Scouts at one of five registration events. The events will provide families the chance to ask questions about the program and meet some of the leaders.
• Sept. 8, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at LowGap Community Center, 8773 West Pine Street, Low Gap.
• Sept. 8, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Chick-fil-A Mt Airy, 2007 Rockford Street, Mt Airy.
• Sept. 9, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Elkin Girl Scout Hut, 410 Memorial Park Drive, Elkin,
• Sept. 10, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Fisher River Park, 118 Hamby Road, Suite 144, Dobson.
• Sept. 11, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 210 West Main Street, Pilot Mountain.
Girl Scouts is open to all girls from kindergarten through high school. For more information contact Jennifer Tinnes at: firstname.lastname@example.org or 336-351-4948.
Diane Blakemore may be reached at 336-368-2222 or on twitter @PilotReporter.