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Girl Scouting: building character, serving others

Troop 3131 Girl Scouts of Bolton pause for a photo following a local Christmas tree lighting ceremony. The scouts were key participants in Bolton’s holiday celebrations, caroling at houses of home-bound local residents as well as assisting at the local visit with Santa at the Bolton firehouse.

Troop 3131 Girl Scouts of Bolton pause for a photo following a local Christmas tree lighting ceremony. The scouts were key participants in Bolton’s holiday celebrations, caroling at houses of home-bound local residents as well as assisting at the local visit with Santa at the Bolton firehouse.

— Girl Scouts in the region are engaged in a wide variety of activities that build confidence, character and leadership, while contributing to their communities and making the world a better place.

Girl Scouting is now enduring the challenges presented by ongoing consolidation and regionalization of its administration, so in response, it has been the focus of scout leaders in northern Warren County to step forward and strengthen their relationship with their hometowns — as they help recruit new troop members and scout leaders.

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Troop 3426 Girl Scouts of Warrensburg join their younger counterparts of Troop 3207 for a “Bridging Over” ceremony held Feb. 13 at Richards Library. The ceremony marks a step forward in scouting after the girls achieve a set of requirements.

Scouting a strong tradition in Bolton

In Bolton Landing, Girl Scouting has outstanding participation — the local troops routinely enroll every single local girl in particular grades at Bolton Central School — introducing them to the fun and adventure of scouting.

Such a commitment translates to a vibrant, caring spirit of helping others, local community leaders have noted.

Bolton’s Troop 3131, for instance, has eight members, representing virtually most all the girls in Bolton Central’s eighth grade. These girls enrolled as Kindergartners and have continued scouting throughout their elementary-school years and into junior high together.

And their interest in scouting is not just about having fun together. All through these formative years, they’ve been dedicated to community service, troop leader Mariann Huck said this week.

Each year, the girls of Troop 3131 change American flags on veterans’ graves in the Bolton Cemetery on Memorial Day, but this last year, weather prevented it. As a substitute activity to engender patriotism, the girls — along with local American Legion members — held a flag-burning ceremony. Plans are in place, however, to place new flags on graves this next Memorial Day.

Last fall, the girls volunteered for the annual community Election Day Dinner held at the Emmanuel United Methodist Church. The scouts helped prepare for the meal, waiting on tables and cleaning up afterwards.

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