Craving Thin Mints, short bread cookies, or some Peanut Butter Patties? If so, you’re in luck. After about a year and a half of being inactive, the local Girl Scout troop is back up and running for girls ages kindergarten to 5th grade.
Diane Gonder and Charlean Johnson teamed up to restart the local Girl Scouts chapter in an effort to promote the Girl Scout’s mission of building courage, confidence and character in the community’s youth. Currently 12 girls are signed up for the troop and more are welcome.
“We are always looking for more volunteers and especially more kids,” said Gonder, “I also want to mention that the Girl Scouts does a wonderful job of supporting families and kids who can’t meet the 25$ financial obligation it takes to join the scouts for a year. Our troop will provide the uniform for the girls and get them started the right way.”
The old Girl Scout troop ended when the last leader moved away. Luckily, with a willing community, Gonder and Johnson were able to start it back up again.
Gonder continued, “Normally when someone tries to start something new like this in a small community, you are on your own. Luckily, we have had a great response and a lot of help.”
Looking forward, the new scout leaders have big ambitions for the new troop in town. Last year, the girls sold over 5,000 boxes of cookies in the Hettinger community. “The old leader was super, so I have some big shoes to fill. I’m just excited to get this group of girls to be a tight-knit group that can go out into the world and change things for the better,” Gonder said, “We are all very excited. The girls are very interested in the science and environmental badges. There are a lot of great badges the girls can earn.”
Gonder is excited to get her own daughter involved in the community and encourages others to do the same. The Girl Scouts will meet after school from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Lutheran Church every third Thursday of the month. If anyone wants to join, they are welcome to attend the monthly meeting at the Lutheran Church or contact Diane Gonder directly at 701-928-0904.