Members of the Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri came from several cities to a Passport to Fun in Hannibal’s Central Park Saturday, Aug. 24, where each troop offered food, games or information for prospective Scouts.
Autumn Leftwich, one of nine members of Troop 9096 who came from Shelbina, explained she had helped girls “who were thinking about being in Girl Scouts do puzzles and games and just gave information.”
One Girl Scout present helping the younger girls was also pictured on a poster, along with other honored Girl Scouts. She was Athena Eitel of Hannibal, now a college sophomore at Linn Tech.
Eitel explained she had received the Girl Scout Gold Award - the highest GS award - in 2012 for her Cardiff Hill Overlook project. It included “80 to 90 hours of community service,” she said. “I maintained the Cardiff Hill Overlook. I replaced signs and watered the plants.”
Girls of all ages were present Saturday, illustrating that Girl Scouting begins in kindergarten and continues to age 18 and older.
Some of the young girls were Emlia Bates and Kenzie Baker. They are members of a Daisy troop from New London and Hannibal.
The booths at the Aug. 24 Passport to Fun were labeled: getting started, songs and games, camping, world thinking day, Scouting awards, travel opportunities and Girl Scout registration/shop.
Sophia Ragar and Hailee Bergheger, members of Troop 9321 of Palmyra, were telling the others about GS camping opportunities. Their leader, Diane Schrader, reported there is a waiting list to go Camp Tuckaho, the GS camp at Troy.
This troop was providing bandanas and hats, and Schrader said “there are 180 ways to use a bandana.”
Another group was sitting in a circle, singing a “cup song” to the tune of “You’re Going to Miss Me When I’m Gone,” led by Elizabeth Meyer and Taylor Allen of Palmyra.
Center Troop 9352, with girls from an area including Perry, was working on “build a bear” projects. Marrissa Hiner and her mom, Kristal Hiner, of Perry, noted the nearest Girl Scout shop is now in St. Louis, and it sells the bears as well as books and other items.
Roslyn Hamilton, community development manager with the Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri, was taking registrations. The said the district includes five counties, “a 2,500 square mile area.”
Declaring the day a success, Hamilton said “we had a lot of interest. ... We had a troop of 20 girls” who needed a new leader, “and we got one.”
Hamilton added she met “ladies interested in being leaders as well. It was a good day.”
In addition to this outdoor event, Hannibal’s elementary schools will host Girl Scout recruitment nights in early September for both members and leaders.
Page 2 of 2 - They will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at each school. The dates are Sept. 3 - Mark Twain Elementary; Sept. 4 - Stowell; Sept. 5 - Eugene Field; Sept. 6 - Oakwood; and Sept. 9 - Veterans. For details call troop recruiter/coordinator Wendy Lewis at (217) 242-1768.
Another scheduled event is leader training for GS District 16 and 17 called Super Saturday. It will be on Sept. 21 at Calvary Baptist Church, 4605 West Ely Road, Hannibal. For details call Susan Humphreys at (573) 248-1084.
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