New Brownie Troop # 40913 was
formed in Jackson Township met for the first time on October 6th.
Glenna Ditchcreek is the leader and Ginny Hockensmith is the Assistant
Leader. They are meeting twice a month, every other Tuesday from
6:00 - 7:30 pm. Since the troop is new and many of the girls were
new to scouting so they decided to work on the Brownie "Girl Scout Ways"
Being a Girl Scout makes you a part of a very
special group of people! The Girl Scout Ways Badge has many
activities that show some of the things that Girl Scouts from all
over the world know. The girls were introduced to "The Girl
Scout Promise" and to help them learn it in a fun way - they worked in
groups to put together a puzzle showing the words to the Promise.
The group getting the puzzle together first, then had to read the
Girl Scout Law out loud to the rest of the group. The
competition was fierce but fun! What great teamwork for a new
group of girls!
The girls were taught the Girl Scout Sign
and the Quiet Sign. They learned some characteristics of a Brownie
Girl Scout (and all Girl Scouts for that matter) - Friendly and
helpful, to be considerate and caring and to respect authority. They
made two friendship bracelets - one for themselves and one to give to
a friend. Glenna read them "The Brownie Story" which was a tale told
at the beginning of Brownie Girl Scouting in 1926. Each scout was
given an action to go along with the story - such as when the word
"Granny" was read - a designated scout would raise her arms and say
"Oh My!" or when the word Brownie was read, another scout would give
the Girl Scout Sign and say "Be Prepared" (the Girl Scout Motto).
There sure was a lot of giggling going on! They learned the "Brownie
Smile Song" and for a snack had apples cut in the shape of a "Brownie
Smile" with peanut butter. To close their meeting, the group was
joined by Adrianne Kuhar, a Cadette Scout from Troop 40937. She
helped the new scouts to join hands for the Friendship Circle and
the Friendship Squeeze. The finale was a double chorus of the
song "Make New Friends but Keep the Old" and joining hands to form
the Friendship Circle where each girl made a wish and squeezed the
hand of her nearby friend until it traveled the entire circle.
As a Brownie, a girl will have hundreds of
chances to learn new things, make new friends and find out what is
important to her. Girl Scouts have the opportunity to learn about
their community and their country and to make the world a better
place. All girls are welcome to join in Girl Scouting. There are many
adult opportunities available as well. All current available troops
for the Jackson Township Area are listed on the township website
or interested parties may contact the Girl Scouts of Western
Pennsylvania Johnstown Office at 814-536-5371.