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Friday, October 15, 2010   (1 Comments)
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Up to 100 local aspiring Girl Scouts on waiting list

October 10, 2010 8:50 AM

Brooke Edwards

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
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Angela R. Lowman (Gray) says...
Posted Saturday, October 16, 2010
I was in a similiar situation two years ago when my daughter ask to join Girl Scouts. We tried that year to no avail and then tried again the following year. I went again to the "any girls interested in becoming a Girl Scout" session and again ," No room in our troops" response. So, an elderly volunteer ask me if I would be interested in becoming a volunteer. I said that I was a full time Surgical Nurse and Single mom-of two girls but, I would try my best to be an assistant leader. I did become an assistant for the first year. The other leader quit so, this year I am a Co-leader with another Nurse friend that I recruited. I also work with a surgical assistant that just moved to South Carolina from Texas and I have recruited her to be a Daisy/Brownie leader. We tried to find a troop for her 1st grader and had a very difficult time, as well. I advised her to offer to be an assistant. It worked. She is and all is going well. I am delighted to be involved with Scouting again.

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