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leaders, year gets underway in October

Third Grade Brownie Leader Maggie Dougherty, in back, standing with her kids. From back to front are Alyssa Teafoe, Joey Clements, Amber Wahls, Jessica Hals, Kayla Troutwine, Andrea Teague, and Ashley Weatherell.

Third Grade Brownie Leader Maggie Dougherty, in back, standing with her kids. From back to front are Alyssa Teafoe, Joey Clements, Amber Wahls, Jessica Hals, Kayla Troutwine, Andrea Teague, and Ashley Weatherell.


Dana Coughlin with her daughter, Kylcee.


Kim Friede with her daughter, Heather.

If you are interested in being a Brownie Leader please call Kim Friede at 677-2036. If you are interested in leading Fourth Grade Junior Girl Scouts call Donna Love at 677-3767. They would be happy to assist you get started. Remember, Girl Scouts is where "girls grow strong!"

September 30, 1999
Seeley Swan Pathfinder
Seeley Lake, Montana

by Donna Love

1998 was another wonderful year of scouting for Seeley Lake Girl Scouts. Four troops made up of 35 girls from first through sixth grade took part in various activities of fun, friendship and togetherness. The highlights of the year included decorating the Post Office Christmas Tree, the Father/Daughter Banquet, the Mother/Daughter Tea, Thinking Day and the Girl Scout Birthday Party, which celebrated 87 years of Girl Scouts.

Troop leaders included Brownie Leaders Dana Coughlin (First Grade), Kim Friede (Second Grade), Maggie Doherty (Third Grade), and Junior Girl Scout Leader Donna Love (combined Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Grades).

Last year was especially challenging because the Girl Scouts lost their Service Unit Leader, Shauna Anders. She was an important part of Girl Scouting in the community and gave so much of her time and herself to making the Scouting program in Seeley Lake successful. Shauna left Scouting when her daughter, Shilo, graduated from high school. Before graduating, Shilo, along with Shannon Anderson, received the Gold Star Award, the highest award given in Girl Scouts.

Kim Friede stepped in and filled the shoes of Shauna by hosting meetings with the Girl Scout Leadership from the Big Sky Girl Scout Council in Great Falls, receiving mailings, being the Cookie Sales Manager and helping put together council-wide activities. Individual Girl Scout Troop activities still flourished.

Brownie Leader Dana Coughlin, a first time leader, said that her year was a learning experience for her and the girls because Girl Scouts today is a lot different from when she was a Brownie. "In the past Girl Scouts was just arts and crafts. Today it focuses on learning and leadership," Coughlin said. Her troop worked mostly on cooperation and did six "Try-it" badges. Try-its are merit badges Brownie Girl Scouts receive after completing activities designed for that subject. For instance, the girls completed the computer, cookie, exercise and science Try-its. "They liked the science Try-it the most," Coughlin said, "but mostly they just giggled through the year." Coughlin will be the Second Grade Leader for the coming year.

Second Grade Brownie Leader Kim Friede said her troop's year was busy. "My troop earned four "Try-its" and took part in the National Valentine Contest." Three members of her troop won locally and were sent to the Council Level, where winners were chosen and sent on to the National level. All cards were given to hospitals and nursing homes for distribution on Valentine's Day. Friede said her troop also had a wonderful success in cookie sales. "Every girl worked hard and earned their cookie badge," Friede said, "And they can be proud of that." Cookie Sales is the main source of funding for Girl Scouts and helps many girls around the world. But more importantly, Friede said, that this year her troop continued to learn more about taking turns, sharing and being kind to each other. Friede will be the helper for third grade in the coming year.

Third Grade Brownie Leader Maggie Doherty said, "Our troop's highlight for the year was Thinking Day." Thinking Day is a Girl Scout time to learn about other countries. The Scouts each took a pretend trip to another country. Doherty acted as their travel agent. They visited the country on the Internet and made a travel brochure. They collected photos and gathered souvenirs from their country. Doherty collected sample airport tickets and suitcase tags for the girls. They were given imaginary checks that they could spend and had to budget for. Parents were then invited to attend their presentations where they had dried squid from Australia to taste. In other activities, the girls wrote and videotaped their own commercials and participated in chemistry experiments.

Doherty feels that Girl Scouts shows girls they can do anything. The sky is the limit. "I want them to know that there are no barriers," Doherty said. She feels that girls don't need someone else to make their fun and helps them to use their imagination to develop an idea and watch it grow into something special.

This year, fourth, fifth and sixth graders were combined, which are all a part of Junior Girl Scouts. This was difficult at first because the girls had to forget about being "above or below" others and just be friends. "Once they got through that, it was a great year. Along with the service-wide activities, they earned their Girl Scouting in the U.S.A., Girl Scouting Around the World, Wildlife and Theater badges. This qualified most of the girls to receive their Sign of the Rainbow Badge, a special award given after the girls have earned a badge from each of the different "Worlds" in Junior Girl Scouts. These worlds include the World of Well-Being, Today and Tomorrow, the Out-of-Doors, People, and Arts.

The official Girl Scout year begins in October. Some of the troops will start at that time and others will start later due to the activities that the various age groups may be involved with, for instance, girls' basketball and soccer. Individual leaders will contact their grade at school as to when their troop will start regular meetings. Troop leaders are needed for First Grade Brownies and Fourth Grade Junior Girl Scouts.

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