Local Girl Scouts and their families will tuck away their famous cookies to dine on birthday cake Thursday in celebration of the 80th birthday of the Girl Scouts international organization.
The party is to begin at 7 p.m. in Lawrence High School's auditorium, 19th and Louisiana, according to Barbara Toman, public relations coordinator for the association.
Sunrise Assn. officials also are planning a yearlong 80th birthday observance centered on environmental projects within the community.
Local activities will fit with a new national service project called "Girl Scouts Care for the Earth," although the effort here has been named "Girl Scouts Doing Activities to Restore the Earth" or Girl Scouts D.A.R.E.
A GIRL COMMITTEE is to be established, according to Toman, to work with adult community experts in identifying environmental projects that could be done and in providing training and resources to help Girl Scouts accomplish the projects that become their goals.
The "kickoff" environmental event will be an Arbor Day tree planting beginning at 1 p.m. March 28 in Centennial Park, according to another adult Girl Scout volunteer, Mary Anderson.
George Osborne, city superintendent of parks and forestry, is helping the girls with this project, which will include plantings at schools in Lawrence, Lecompton, Perry and Eudora, and Baldwin's city park.
The plan involves planting a grove of five or more trees at each school, Anderson said, and local troops will be encouraged to adopt these groves and care for them during summers.
Other Girl Scouts D.A.R.E. activities planned so far include an April 5 project, Spring Fling, at Hidden Valley Girl Scout camp near 15th and Kasold, and a May 29-30 project at the Lawrence Full Cycle Reduction Fair, a city-sponsored event designed to create more awareness of recycling possibilities.
ALSO UNDER consideration are adopting a park, making wildlife habitat improvements, carrying out recycling efforts, building and maintaining nature trails, presenting community environmental education and awareness programs, and learning and employing low-impact environmental usage.
Scouts may participate in such activities on an individual level and in troop and as association members.
All girls who participate in association "action projects" are eligible to receive Girl Scouts Care for the Earth service project participation patches. Scouts who participate in the May 12 celebration are eligible to receive Girl Scouts 80th Birthday participation patches, and additional action project patches also will be available.
Sunrise Assn. is made up of three service units in Douglas County and includes 800 volunteers and more than 1,200 girls in Baldwin, Eudora, Lawrence, Lecompton and Perry. It is part of the Kaw Valley Girl Scout Council.