Girls of all ages benefit from involvement with the Girl Scouts, whose purpose is to inspire girls with the highest ideals of character, conduct, patriotism and service so they may become happy and resourceful citizens.
According to Donna Hodges, field director for the Douglas County Girl Scouts, there are more than 100 troops, approximately 246 leaders and assistants and more than 2,000 members of the Girl Scouts in Douglas County. ``There are lots of new troops this year,'' Hodges said. Parent involvement is encouraged and many of the parents register with the girls.
There are Girl Scout troops for all grade levels. Girls in kindergarten are Daisy Girl Scouts. Brownie Girl Scouts are first-, second- and third-graders. Fourth- through sixth-graders can be Junior Girl Scouts. Cadets are sixth- through ninth-graders. The Senior Girl Scouts are ninth- through 12th-graders.
For the older girls, there are two local specialty troops. The girls may be involved in these in both their Cadet and Senior Scout years.
In the mounted troop, the girls learn to ride and take care of horses. The troop was started by Celia Miller 24 years ago. Miller is the leader and is assisted by her daughter, Joy Underberg, who teaches equestrian science at Kansas University.
The other is a mariner troop, which is involved in water activities. The 35-year-old troop is lead by Marianna Remple, who is assisted by Lisa Boley. Jill Dutch is the Red Cross small craft instructor for the troop. The troop is training at local lakes for river trips on the Kaw, Missouri and Ozark rivers.
Remple also is coordinator for a council-sponsored seven-day wilderness canoe trip in Canada on Aug. 9-19, 1993. This trip will be open to all Girl Scouts in the Kaw Valley Council, which includes 13 northeast Kansas counties.
The United Way has allocated $6,365 to the Girl Scouts this year.