LG Scouts mix community service with adventure

LAKEGEORGE-Girl Scouts in Lake George have busy lives, but they have reserved time to be involved in both charitable efforts and adventures, Troop 3576 Leader Cathy O'Brien said this week.

One reason for that commitment by her Ambassador Scouts - now Seniors in high School - may be the close bond shared by a core group, together since Daisy Scouts in Kindergarten.

Last year, the Lake George-based Girl Scouts, both Ambassadors and younger "Seniors," participated in a Christmas Eve morning walk alongside soldiers - honoring their service to the nation. The walk was conducted from the National Guard armory in Queensbury to the Floyd Bennett Airport and back, about four miles. The event was held particularly to remember those who couldn't be home for the holidays, O'Brien said.

Their participation was particularly important to the Guard soldiers, she said, noting that her son was one of the group.

"That walk meant so much to the soldiers," O'Brien said. "No questions asked, all the girls committed to be there early in the morning."

This solidarity with soldiers isn't an isolated incident with Troop 3576. Eight years ago, they adopted a soldier from Minnesota stationed in Iraq, and they've been pursuing other patriotic projects since.

This year - as they have for several years - the girls plan on working on planning and presenting Girl Scout Great Escape Day which welcomes Girl Scouts from all over the Northeastern U.S., O'Brien said. Recently, the girls adopted a theme of Support Your Troops," which involves raising money for the Ben Osborn Foundation, named after the beloved Lake George Soldier killed in summer 2010 in Afghanistan.

This year's plans for Great Escape Day include involving soldiers in running an obstacle course, recruiting scouts to write letters to soldiers, and a scavenger hunt.

Recreational adventure is also a big part of life for Lake George Girl Scouts.

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