Wanted: Girl Scout leaders
Friday, October 15, 2010
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Up to 100 local aspiring Girl Scouts on waiting list
October 10, 2010 8:50 AM
Dawn Thornburg was thrilled when her 5-year-old daughter Natalee asked to join the Girl Scouts after seeing a troop leader at an Apple Valley safety fair.
"As a child growing up, I was in Girl Scouts,” Thornburg said, recalling how much she enjoyed the campouts and learning to sew. "I really wanted her to join. Then I found out there was a waiting list.”
The organization has a strict girl-to-adult ratio for meetings, with two adults required for every 10 girls with the youngest, Daisies, and two for every 30 with the older teens. And that ratio drops for events, trips and campouts.
"We currently have about 75 to 100 girls who want to be in Girl Scouts but we do not have anywhere to place them,” said Danielle Livengood, recruitment coordinator for the Girl Scouts of San Gorgonio Council’s High Desert chapter in Victorville. "We need more troops.”
Livengood said troop leaders get to decide when, where and how often their meetings will be, and are able to plan activities and trips for their troop. Volunteers also receive basic leadership training, online support and support from others in the organization.
With four children at home right now, Thornburg doesn’t think she can take on the duty. But she plans to talk to family and friends in hopes that Natalee can benefit from being a Scout the way she did a couple of decades before.
Brooke Edwards may be reached at (760) 955-5358 or at bedwards@VVDailyPress.com.
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