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Calling girls of all ages!

Girl Scouts of NYPENN Pathways is recruiting girls and young women to join the local leadership development organization in its 26 counties, which include Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence. Girls in kindergarten through 12th grade can join the nonprofit organization to learn about confidence, leadership and collaboration.

“We like to show them what we offer, including science, technology, engineering and mathematics,” said Kim Dunne, media manager. “We want to show them girls can do as much as boys can do.”

That effort, she said, begins when girls are about 5 years old.

“Young ones are learning to be more self-sufficient,” Ms. Dunne said. “They’re the ones out there asking customers to buy cookies, and even do community service projects. It’s teaching these skills at such a young age, and hopefully they’ll stick with it with their friends through high school. It’s starting at a young age that makes a difference.”

Edie A. Roggie, Girl Scouts community development manager, said age-appropriate leadership development is taught at each scouting level. The youngest girls, in kindergarten and first grade, join Daisies, while second- and third-graders are Brownies. Juniors are girls in fourth and fifth grades, and Cadets are in sixth, seventh and eighth grades. Seniors are in ninth and 10th grades, and those in 11th and 12th grades are Ambassadors.

While many girls join troops in their communities, girls also can achieve scouting success and badges by becoming a Juliette — an independent Girl Scout.

“We don’t want girls to miss out just because a troop might not be available,” Ms. Dunne said.

All scouts, regardless of whether they are in a troop, can choose various pathways to focus on their special interests. For example, the camp pathway explores the outdoors and new habitats and builds skills at day or residence camps throughout the summer; the travel pathway allows girls to plan, earn money toward and participate in regional, national and international trips.

In the council’s 26-county region, which covers a good chunk of New York and part of Northern Pennsylvania, there are 17,000 troops. That number includes 946, 613 and 164 youth members in Jefferson, St. Lawrence and Lewis counties, respectively. There also are 502 adult members in Jefferson County, 301 in St. Lawrence County and 52 in Lewis County.

Ms. Dunne said the NYPENN Pathways Council is hoping to increase those numbers in order to offer more leadership opportunities for local girls. Several recruitment events will be held throughout Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence counties throughout the fall. For more information, visit the council’s website, www.gsnypenn.org.

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