MATTOON -- The first baby girl born at Sarah Bush during Girl Scout Week received a basket of presents from Mattoon and Neoga troops.
It is a long-standing tradition for Girl Scout Service Unit 521 to celebrate the Girl Scout Birthday in March by showering a potential new member with gifts.
Dominique and Mark Clemons of Charleston received the overflowing basket on behalf of their first-born, I’yahna Rose, born on March 9. She weighed 6 lbs. 15 oz. and was 20 inches long. The 20 troops of the unit donated diapers, outfits, blankets, washcloths, pacifiers, bibs, books, toys and more.
It has been 102 years since the first troop meeting held by Juliette Gordon Low in Savannah, Georgia and Girl Scouting has evolved from 18 members to more than 3.2 million nationwide. Low was determined to help expand opportunities and learning for the average American girl.
At a time when many girls’ paths in life were limited to their social standing, Low’s vision was to establish an organization where any American girl could expand her personal horizon by having fun, while exploring new interests and contributing to society.
Today, Girl Scouts of the U.S.A. is the largest voluntary organization for girls in the world. Its sole focus is to meet the needs of girls from diverse racial, ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds.
All girls in Kindergarten through 12th grade are invited to join Girl Scouts. Memberships are accepted year-round. Financial assistance for the membership fee is available from Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois, based on the criteria for free and reduced school lunch. Girls are being added to current troops and additional troops may be formed.
Joining now will give girls opportunities this spring to earn a First Aid badge and a Go Green patch, make a blanket for Project Linus, sell cookies at a booth and go on an Amazing Race as well as participate in troop meetings and activities. They may also attend summer activities, including day camp at Fox Ridge or on Lake Sara and resident camp in southern Illinois.
For more information about area Girl Scouts, email firstname.lastname@example.org or look on Facebook for SU 521 Girl Scouts. Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois is a not-for-profit organization supported by various United Ways throughout the 40 counties of the council region. Girl Scouts is a Proud Partner of United Way. The council website is www.gsofsi.org.