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August 18, 2013

Girl Scouts to host recruitment fair

NORMAN — Girls and prospective volunteers interested in joining Girl Scouts are invited to attend a Girl Scout Recruitment Fun Fair from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday at St. Stephen’s United Methodist Church, 1801 W. Brooks St.

Girl Scouts, which celebrated its 100th anniversary last year, is the world’s pre-eminent organization dedicated solely to girls. Its mission is to “build girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place.”

Local Girl Scout service teams are co-hosting the sign-up event for girls in grades kindergarten through 12th who reside in Norman, Noble, Little Axe, Purcell, Lexington and Washington.

The cost of registering for Girl Scouts is $15 for girls and adults, with scholarships available for girls in need. Registration tables for each school will be set up inside the church.

Outdoor activities will include face painting, games, a moon bounce and an inflatable water slide. Girls are encouraged to wear swimsuits and bring towels. Refreshments will be provided. Representatives from the Council Shop of Girl Scouts Western Oklahoma will sell uniforms and other accessories.

The Girl Scout organization provides programs for girls at six different levels to meet their interests and needs: Daisies (grades kindergarten through first), Brownies (grades second through third), Juniors (grades fourth through fifth), Cadettes (grades sixth through eighth), Seniors (grades ninth through 10th) and Ambassadors (grades 11th through 12th).

According to a recent survey, two-thirds of the women serving as U.S. senators and representatives were Girl Scouts at some point in their youth. These women say Girl Scouting favorably influenced some of the same elements that they define as important to their own success: the ability to get along well with others, developing friendships and self-confidence and learning how to “make things happen.”

“Service is such an important part of Girl Scouting, and it is amazing the many ways that our local Girl Scout troops affect the lives of others in our community,” said Miranda Seal, manager of the Thunderbird Service Unit.

Locally, positions also are available for adults as leaders and assistants, consultants, mentors, committee members and occasional volunteers. Free training is available, and monthly leaders’ meetings provide information and consulting.

For more information, call event chair Sheryl McDonald at 872-8957 or email her at sm123@

swbell.net.

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