Feb. 5, 2007

Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts help youths gain confidence

By Roz Kohls
Staff Writer

Both the Dassel Cokato area Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts strive for character, citizenship, and self-confidence.

Boy Scouts

Boy Scouting is a year-round program for boys age 11 through 17. It features fun outdoor activities, peer group leadership opportunities and a personal exploration of career, hobby, and special interests, all designed to achieve the objectives of Boy Scouts of America in strengthening character, personal fitness, and good citizenship.

Dassel Cokato area Boy Scouts are in Troop 253, led by Tim Stueck of Dassel. They meet in St. John’s Catholic Educational Center.

There also are two Cub Scout packs. Dassel’s pack is 253 and Cokato’s pack is 249. The Cokato pack has five Cub Scout dens. They are led by James Babb, Tigers; Dave Camp, Wolves; Sarah Keskey, Bears; Kim and Dan Jerome, junior Webelos; and Lori DeRosier, senior Webelos.

The Cub Scouts recently conducted their annual Pinewood Derby Jan. 27 at the Evangelical Covenant Church in Dassel.

In 2006, the Cub Scouts attended a Wright County outreach demonstration on animals getting ready for winter. The Scouts were shown hides and skulls of various animals, and learned about their habitats.

They also had a class on orientation, in which they learned how to use a compass. The Scouts also attended a demonstration on blacksmiths, helped with a turkey dinner, and went Christmas caroling at Edgewood Gables in Cokato.

Girl Scouts

The Girl Scouts also have adventures and accomplishments. Girl Scout age levels are Daisy, ages 5-6; Brownies, ages 6-8, Junior Girl Scouts, ages 8-11; Girl Scouts, Studio 2B, ages 11-17.

The Dassel Cokato Brownies Troop 60 is led by Linda Pinke Resop and Kerry Rossow. Other local Girl Scout leaders are Catherine Baumann and Amy Kaiser.

Girl Scouts allow girls to make decisions, and take action on their own, especially with their leadership projects. Girls are encouraged to do their best and provide an environment where they feel they can succeed.

The Girl Scout program can change the way girls see the world and their place in it. Girls learn the importance of personal responsibility, the value of goal-setting, and the thrill of accomplishment.

Most people automatically think of Girl Scout cookies when they think of Girl Scouts. This year’s cookie sales ended Jan. 28. However, selling cookies is a voluntary activity. It gives girls a chance to practice life skills, such as teamwork, money management, and entrepreneurship.

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