CROUSE, N.C.––Girl Scouting takes good girls and makes them even better.
The century-old program has long helped to mold tomorrow’s women. And that’s just what is happening at Crouse United Methodist Church, according to Girl Scout Leader Roxie Cogdill of Troop No. 02257 and the church’s pastor, Rev. Jim Sanders.
This week, Cogdill gave The Herald an update on all that’s going on with her girls.
“I have been a Girl Scout leader for seven years,” she informed. “We have a multi-level troop, which means we function as one troop. But within that troop, we have Daisies, Brownies, Juniors and Cadets. Age ranges from first graders to eighth graders. I have two co-leaders, who are parents of my Scouts: David Lingerfelt and Sherry McMullan, and one adult volunteer, Kelly Dugan.”
As a child, Cogdill was herself a Girl Scout for seven years.
“I always felt the calling to have my own troop,” she said. “In October of 2012, that opportunity arose. I was one of two young women within the council to have a troop but no children.”
Activities enjoyed by the girls of Troop No. 02257 include camping, hiking, sleepovers, crafts, outdoor cooking, swimming and just hanging out with fellow Girl Scouts.
“This year,” said Cogdill, “my troop has been working on the new robotics badges that were just released as part of the STEM program that Girl Scouts USA is a part of. We have learned how to design, program and build a robot. I have watched this group of girls grow from timid little girls to strong young ladies. Girl Scouting has given these girls an outlet to be themselves, explore their interests and discover nature and their community around them.”
Near-future plans include a summertime hiking and camping trip around the Linville Falls area; participation in the Girl Scout Comic Convention event; and a trip to a local drive-in, amongst other activities, as Cogdill informed.
“I would like other girls and families to know that Girl Scouts isn’t just about crafts and sleepovers and frilly stuff,” she said. “We go outside, build fires and put up tents; hike in and explore national parks; go canoeing; take part in archery; and so much more. I made a promise to myself and my troop that we would get outside and do things and get back to the basics. And we have. I am very proud of my troop and feel like they should all be very proud of themselves.”
“The Crouse United Methodist congregation has sponsored a troop and provided a home base for Girl Scouts in our area for almost 40 years, as part of our commitment to ensuring that girls and young women have every opportunity to discover their gifts and reach their potential,” he said. “As people of faith, we want them all to grow up to become thoughtful, engaged and productive citizens of the world, and it’s exciting to see how being a part of Girl Scouts unlocks and unleashes their capacity. I’m so grateful to Roxie, her leadership team and all the other parents and adults who give so generously of their time and talents to make the Crouse troop a success.”
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