An interest meeting for prospective Girl Scouts was held on Wednesday evening at Madisonville Elementary School. The parents had an opportunity to hear from troop leaders as well as the Member Development Executive (MDE) for the Scouts in Bryan and College Station, Ginny Ford.
“There are two growing troops here and room for more girls in Madisonville,” said Ford. “The mission of the Girl Scouts is to raise courage, confidence and character while making the world a better place. It’s the best bang for your buck you can get as a young girl and a parent. It’s a chance for girls to expand their horizons and step out of their comfort zones.”
Visitors and interested parties also had a chance to meet with local troop leaders and volunteers from Madisonville. The Daisy Brownie Troop Leader for 9510 April Young helped put the event together.
“A lot of girls who might be interested don’t know where to go and have questions,” said Young. “Our job tonight is to ease the girls and parents into realizing that this is affordable and that we can help out. $25 is the national fee right now and that can be a lot, but Girl Scouts actually have financial aid for membership as well as other costs such as vests.”
Young believes that if a girl wants to join, they can make it work.
MDE Ginny Ford also stressed the benefits that joining the Scouts can offer young ladies. She used statistics that favor the Girl Scouts in the business world as well as other desired fields. Ford’s daughter went all the way through the program and earned her “Girl Scout Gold Award”. She is currently a student at Stanford.
“We’re raising leaders,” said Ford. “I’ve been a volunteer for 15 years and I’ve seen this make a big difference in the lives of many young ladies. It changes their lives and those they are close to. They come out with a good, giving heart and a desire to give back to the community.”