Wis. (WLAX/WEUX) – Girl Scouts of the Northwestern Great Lakes is offering families an experience they say could make a huge difference in young girl’s lives. First News at Nine’s Jessica Mendoza shares how the troops are rising to the occasion.
Girls Scouts claims to be ‘for every girl’, and now more than ever they are trying to create opportunities for as many young girls as they can.
Karen Hauck, engagement manager, said, “One of the things that were doing different and were just starting it is offering a free membership for new Girl Scouts. This is for families who have maybe never thought about being in Girl Scouts but this year they’re not able to be involved in their normal afterschool activities”
Hauck, engagement manager for the Girl Scouts of the Northwestern Great Lakes says this campaign aims to break down barriers during a time that many kids are short on social interaction.
“It’s a great way for girls to connect with each other, see other girls, and start developing friendships. Everybody is starved for that personal connection right now and children need that.”
Sandra Ringle has been a troop leader for three years and says although this year has been quite different, she is still seeing girls who are involved, thrive.
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Ringle said, “They all pop on the screen and go it’s so and so! It’s so cute to see them see each other and even though it’s virtual they are excited to see each other.”
Knowing the significance of these relationships, Sandra and other troop leaders have had to get creative and find new ways the groups can still interact.
“Last meeting, we had they decided they wanted to do pen pals with one another,” said Ringle.
Leaders have transitioned into dropping off lessons or activities at each girl’s home, conducting virtual book clubs, and will sometimes meet in person to do socially distanced activities such as hiking.
“It’s been a difficult year, but its still been fun,” said Ringle.