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Girl Scouts exploring the Rozarks nature trail
Building girl power with Girl Scouts
Sep 30, 2015

When it comes to youth sports programs, Rosedale Development Association offers lots of options. But one group was consistently underrepresented in these activities:


Clearly, Rosedale’s girls were looking for a different kind of after school activity. One that could bring them together to explore their interests and develop new skills.

“The thought of starting a group with the girls that could do community service-based projects interested me a lot,” troop leader Jennifer Bates said. “I have tried to show my daughter how she can give back and I think, as a group, with friends, the girls will get even more out of the experience.”

Troop 1685, a Girl Scouts troop made up of kindergarten through fifth grade girls in Rosedale, has only been together since April, but they have big plans.

“We hope to engage our girls in ways that will help them become future leaders and go-getters,” Andrea Steere, RDA staff member and assistant troop leader, said. “In addition to community service projects, we want to talk about healthy living and explore science and technology-related activities.”

This past summer the girls got to know each other through art projects, gardening, and planning out what they wanted to do as a troop. This fall the Rosedale Girl Scouts started acting out those plans with a hike through the Rozarks.

“I like to go on hikes,” one of the troop’s youngest members, Hannah, said. “I like to explore.”

Why Girl Scouts

Hannah’s mom, Jenny Stirling, said, “I was in Girl Scouts when I was younger and I loved it. They do things outside of school that you don’t get to do in school. It’s good to have a safe place to go and do things together.”

But Girl Scouts isn’t just a great way to discover and learn new things. It’s also a great way to discover yourself.

“For someone who is more shy, it brings their personality out and makes them more outgoing,” Gloria Fileto, a Girl Scout mom and volunteer, said.

Fellow parent and volunteer Elizabeth Ramirez added, “And the more outgoing girls can help out the others and create a sense of community.”

To help the Rosedale Girl Scouts troop implement their activities, contact Andrea Steere at [email protected] or call (913) 677-5097.