Girl Scouts offers new opportunities in response to pandemic | News

HAMPTON — Girls interested in Scouting in Henry County are invited to bring a friend to the Let’s Go Fly A Kite event set for Saturday, Oct. 24. Girls will be able to build and fly a kite while learning more about Girl Scouts.

Kite-building sessions will be held at McBrayer Park, 100 Central Ave., Hampton, and are scheduled as follows:

• 10 a.m. – kindergarten and first-graders (Daisies)

• 11 a.m. – second- and third-graders (Brownies)

• 12 noon – fourth- through eighth-graders (Juniors and Cadettes)

All attendees will be required to wear a mask. For more information or to sign up, contact Joni McRae, area executive, at [email protected] or 404-906-4123.

In Rockdale County, parents who want more information about Girl Scouts may attend a virtual information meeting Tuesday, Oct. 6, 6:30 p.m. For more information, contact Tiquette White at [email protected].

Girl Scouts is adapting this fall as the 2020/21 programming year gets underway. With local responses to the pandemic varying from county to county, Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta is providing programs tailored to the needs of each community.

Today’s Girl Scout will find new and updated badges and activities through a variety of at-home, virtual offerings as well as opportunities to get away from the screen and participate in person in small, socially distanced groups, as local conditions allow.

The new “Girl Scouts At Home” virtual program recently received kudos from Parents magazine, praising its wide variety of program offerings covering everything from space exploration to entrepreneurship.

Girl Scout program offerings include:

● Badge earning in STEM career exploration, auto mechanics, simple meal preparation, outdoor art, and financial literacy along with activities like kite-flying, dance parties, and more.

● Girl Scout TV programming led by girls

● Family and troop camping within an hour drive of Atlanta. Both primitive and cabin camping are available, with options for horseback riding, kayaking, geocaching and archery.

● Weekly online, read-along, story time with Atlanta-connected notables including author and medical reporter, Dr. Sanjay Gupta; Pinkalicious book series author Victoria Kann; Martin Luther King’s daughter and The King Center CEO, the Rev. Dr. Bernice King; and others.

“Many school activities are limited, if not cancelled during the pandemic. Girl Scouts is still going strong online and in person and girl safety is always our top priority for all programs” said Amy Dosik, CEO of Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta.

“We offer parents a way for their girl to have fun, make friends, and be a part of an organization that empowers them to be their best self. Girl Scouts has something for everyone. There has never been a better year to discover Girl Scouts and get started choosing your own adventure.”

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