Scouting in Warrensburg a strong, proud tradition

WARRENSBURG - For decades, scouting has flourished in Warrensburg, and recent years are no exception, Girl Scout Service Unit Manager Lisa Baker said this week.

Warrensburg has eight troops, ranging from five-year-old Daisies to Ambassadors who are high school Seniors, she said. The older groups, including the Ambassadors led by Troop Leader Bonnie Taddeo, are dedicated to community service, Baker said, and this spirit extends to the Cadets or 9th and 10th graders led by Heather Turner, and the younger scouts shepherded by Ann Chapman.

The Warrensburg Girl Scout scene needs more leaders, Baker said.

"Our biggest concern is finding volunteers to work with the troops," she said. "Leaders can work at their own pace and the service in scouting can be like 'play dates' with their children and their friends."

Despite time constraints that both girls and their leaders are experiencing, the girls have a lot of fun and help others in substantial ways, Baker said.

Recently, the scouts have collected foodstuffs for the food pantries of Warrensburg and Thurman.

The Warrensburg scouts led by Heather Turner and Patty Miller regularly v isit the residents of Countryside Home, brightening their lives as they share activities.

In past years, the troops have taken various trips, whether it was an educational trip to Boston or the Shelburne Museum in Vermont. This year, the girls are working toward taking a trip to the Tupper Lake Museum and taking a train ride during their visit.

Baker noted that all the troops, regardless of level, are following the Girl Scouts' new curriculum, "Journeys," which stresses skill development, environmental awareness, social responsibility, and preparation for life.

"Warrensburg's Girl Scouts are the first in the region to be 100 percent converted to the new Journeys program," Baker said.

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