Girl Scouting in Philip area still going strong

Girl Scouting is alive and well in the Philip area, thanks to dedicated past and present leaders. Girl Scouting has been here for 40 years.

To accommodate the smaller community of Philip, the Daisies (kindergardeners) and Brownies (first through third graders) have been combined for the last few years. This group is currently led by Amy Pinela, Emily Kroetch and Kay Ainslie.

The Philip Juniors (fourth and fifth graders) and Cadets (seventh through ninth graders) are led by Marlene Scheesselle and Kay Ainslie. Ainslie has been working with the Philip girl scouts for at least 36 years now.

The Seniors include girls from grades ten through twelve.

The girls and young women meet every other Monday at 4:00 p.m. at Kay Ainslie’s home. At the local meeting or the regional meetings, uniforms are not mandatory, though the local troop does provide each girl with a shoulder sash on which to display the badges earned by that girl.

Already in 2006, the Juniors and Cadets have participated in a decorating class in Rapid City and a chocolate class in Murdo. The Brownies and Juniors are schedules to attend a camp in June, paid for by their earnings from selling cookies. The girls also plan on joining the rest of the Cedar Buttes Service Unit in an overnight activity in April, staying at the old gymnasium in Wall. This outing will include a museum tour and, later, a visit at the space observatory in Quinn.

The district’s annual award ceremony for the older girls will be on Saturday, March 25, where cadets and leaders will be officially presented with awards and honors earned during the previous year.

The girls and their mothers join together for a Mother’s Day supper in May. There will be a Brownie and Daisy Day Camp in June in Rapid City.

A one-time registration fee of ten dollars is required by the national organization. Local earnings from selling cookies are used to fund local activities, with no other dues charged to the girls for those activities.

Cookies are still on sale at $3.50 per box until March 26. The local troop keeps 75 cents from each box sold. All other profits go to the Black Hills Council to be used for area-wide activities.

The Daisie members work toward earning two patches, with each patch representing about six different activities. Brownies and Juniors work toward earning many more patches divided within five different “worlds.”

Past activities and learning experiences enjoyed by the girls include attending the Little House on the Prairie Historical Pageant in DeSmet, camping on Farm Island in Pierre, overnighting at the Rapid City Mall, and various tours of the Black Hills.

For more information, especially about joining or volunteering as a leader, call Ainslie at 859-2670.