Vermillion and surrounding areas have been a major presence for area Girl Scouts. Last year, 138 Kindergarten through eleventh grade girls in Vermillion were a part of Girl Scouts. We anticipate this year's numbers to be similar or higher than last year!
Vermillion girls take part in various activities and skill building sessions that help them develop their character and skill sets as well as help them become more community minded. They meet regularly and the activities are planned by girls and the leaders that support them.
Some of the activities they participate in include troop organized events, 'neighborhood' events and camping at our Girl Scout camp, Joy Hollow. In addition to the fun games, crafts, learning events and experiences, girls also take part in many community service events. Giving back to the community in which girls live is part of the mission of Girl Scouting and is instilled in each girl that passes through our program.
This November each Girl Scout troop in the area will be working at the Welcome Table, another United Way organization. Girl Scouts will help with all aspects of the event, from creating the place mats to serving the food. Raking leaves, gardening and planting flowers, Christmas tree decorating at the W.H. Over Museum and visiting with elders in the care center are also services that Girl Scouts have participated in to help those in need.
Two years ago, Girl Scout troops also took part in a community-wide campaign to recycle used batteries. They collected over 26,000 batteries (over 3 tons of waste material saved from landfills)! This project is just an example of the great impact that Girl Scouts has on the lives of girls and the communities in which they live.
The Vermillion United Way has been an essential part of assisting girls in their Girl Scout endeavors. Each year, there are numerous girls who benefit from the monies provided by the United Way. "Without this financial assistance, many girls would not have the opportunity to be involved in our life-changing, life-enhancing programs," states Manda Van Kalsbeek, Communications Manager for Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa. "Girl Scouting is about building girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place.
With the help of the Vermillion United Way we are able to develop the leaders of tomorrow through our programming."
We want to thank the Vermillion United Way for their continued support of Girl Scouting! To find out how you can volunteer with the Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa, if you know anyone who would like to sign up to be a Girl Scout, or if you would like to make a donation, call 712-255-0187 or 800-342-8389 today and ask for Jenny Eck! Join the fastest growing girl movement in America!
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Girl Scouting is undergoing a momentous transformation to modernize the organization and focus more directly on leadership development for girls. With the encouragement and support of Girl Scouts of the USA, five Iowa Girl Scout Councils have merged together, creating a new high capacity Girl Scout council, the Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa. Together, the councils will serve a total of 74 counties in western Iowa, one and a half counties in southeast South Dakota and one in northeast Nebraska. This new council structure will continue to serve all of the Siouxland areas that we currently serve.