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Lake George Scouts have close bond

LAKE GEORGE - The Girl Scouts in Lake George may have incredibly busy lives, but they allow themselves time for the many benefits of scouting, Lake George Girls Scout Troop No. 3576 Leader Cathy O'Brien said Monday. The reason for the commitment particularly in O'Brien's Troop No. 3576 may be a close bond shared by the group's core members, who have been together since they were Daisy Scouts in Kindergarten. The girls, now in 11th grade, number about 10.

"It's great the girls have stayed so connected since they were five years old," she said. "They know these are friends they can always count on - friends for life."

The group not only enjoys shared trips, get-togethers and sleepovers, but they have fun conducting various community service projects, O'Brien said. This year, these projects include renovating the nature trail behind Lake George Elementary, and planning sessions for various charitable fundraisers. Coming up this summer is the Relay for Life to raise money for cancer research. Community service for the Lake George scouts also includes reaching out to others locally, O'Brien said. To this end, Troop 3576 is hosting a community dinner March 31 at Sacred Heart Church, cooking the meal, serving and cleaning up.

Activities also include the ones that are just for fun, O'Brien said, including last year's five-day trip to Disney World which included shopping, poolside sunning and participating in a post-midnight dance party. The group is planning an encore trip to Orlando this year.

Other traditional activities for the troop include camping at Fourth Lake in August - which features fun orienteering lessons - and a trip which includes tent-camping on the grounds of the Great Escape theme park. Last year, we hear, the group got very little sleep during the latter excursion.

The younger scouts in Lake George include a troop of Cadet Scouts, in 6th and 7th grade, led by Alisa Connelly and Erin O'Neill.

Over last several years, the scouts led by O'Neill and Connelly have been quite involved with the Red Cross, several blood drives, and soliciting donations to the group which accomplishes so much across the world, O'Neill said. Girl Scouting in the Town of Lake George encompasses 11 troops from Kindergarten up through high school.

All the troops in the Lake George area got together this year and baked pies to be included in holiday baskets donated to families in financial distress.

"All the scouts in the area do a lot for their community," O'Neill said.

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