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Girl Scout volunteer information session coming to Hurricane

By Clint Thomas, Metro Reporter
Girl Scout Troop 1780 members Lainey Posey and Izzy Wooten. Courtesy photo
Symbolically crossing a bridge to the junior level of Scouting are Girl Scout Troop 1780 members, from left, Lilly Cash, Lainey Posey, Kayla Taylor, Addison Green, Avonlea Skiles, Carolyn Misch, Erin Walls, Brookie Tindall, Izzy Wooten and Paige Kelly. The troop meets weekly at St. John’s United Methodist Church in Scott Depot. Courtesy photo
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The Putnam County segment of the Girl Scouts of Black Diamond is looking for more than a few smart cookies to assist its programs.

An information session for potential Girl Scout volunteer leaders and helpers is planned for 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 29, at Panera Bread’s Teays Valley location.

The benefits of being a Girl Scout volunteer include not only making a difference in girls’ lives, but also providing new skills, enhancing resumes and being exposed to networking opportunities throughout the community.

A former Girl Scout herself, Ashley Fizer of Hurricane is the service unit administrator for Putnam County Girl Scouts. She oversees all of the Girl Scout troops in the county, as well as leading Troop 1780. That troop, which she started six years ago, meets from 6 until 7 p.m. every Wednesday at St. John’s United Methodist Church in Scott Depot.

She said there are 14 active troops in Putnam County. Approximately 225 girls were registered in them during the past school year, Fizer said, participating in a variety of projects.

The Girl Scout troops are open to girls from kindergarten through 12th grade.

“One of the big events in Putnam County is the Powderpuff Derby. It’s like the Pinewood Derby for the Boy Scouts, but we do it every year. Last year, we had a Pokemon Go event, and this year, we’re already planning a lock-in at the All About Fun bounce house. We have some other fun things in the works,” Fizer said.

“In Putnam, we don’t have a girl problem,” she said. “We have plenty of girls who want to be in a troop, but not enough volunteers. We’re trying to find volunteers to start new troops and get the girls into troops.

“You don’t have to be a parent to be a volunteer; I don’t have any children myself, but I’ve dedicated my time to Girl Scouting,” Fizer said. “Volunteers can be male or female over the age of 18.”

Volunteer opportunities are flexible; depending upon availability, volunteers can opt to give an hour, an afternoon or weekly or monthly time to the Girl Scouts.

“They can put as much or as little time as they want to,” said Fizer. “Some troops meet once a week, and some meet once a month. It’s really what the volunteer wants to put into it.”

Volunteers must undergo and pass a background screening. Once the screening is approved, a representative will contact the volunteer to begin training.

She said there are also mentor troops who have been troop leaders that can provide ongoing assistance to Girl Scout volunteers.

“People can come to the volunteer meeting and find out what it’s about. If they want to register, we can take care of the registration process. Then, we’ll go ahead and start them up, give them a troop number and go from there,” Fizer said.

For more information about the information session and other Girl Scout volunteer opportunities, contact Ashley Fizer at 304-982-0237 or GirlScoutAshley@gmail.com or visit www.bdgsc.org/volunteer for further information or to register online.

Registration for Girl Scouts is also available on the website.

Panera Bread is located at 65 Liberty Square in Hurricane.


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