Don’t tell Jaime Pack and Kathryn Powers that they are too old to be Girl Scouts; they wouldn’t agree
with you anyhow.
“I say it openly, ‘I’m a Girl Scout.’ I have fun in Girl Scouting and I don’t care what others might think.” Pack said.
For Powers, remaining active in Girl Scouts now works to her advantage. “With Fall Products and Cookies, my friends like it,” she said. “They say, ‘Cool, you’re a Girl Scout; we finally have someone to buy stuff from.’”
The girls, who are part of Troop 3953, have been involved in Girl Scouting since kindergarten, when they were Daisies and now they are Seniors and in 11th grade. Co-leader Jane Pack shares the secret to maintaining a troop of older girls.
“Doing lots of fun activities,” Pack said. “We do not want them to think it is more school work and we don’t require the girls to come to everything we do. Our troop’s philosophy is come-when-you-can. If they think they are coming to do homework, they will not come but if they think they are going to do something new and exciting, they will show up. The older the girls get, they go in so many directions - sports, band, speech and debate, student council, color guard, robotics - that you have to make Girl Scouting flexible.”
Pack cited examples of her troop’s flexibility.
“We have done lots of camping at all of the Girl Scout camps. We have spent overnights at The City Museum, skied at Hidden Valley, taken a train to Jefferson City, gone camping at the Outdoor Adventure Course a few times to do some ziplining and we have many more adventures to come.”
Co-leader GeAnn Powers listed the schools the troop represents.
“We have had many troops over the years merge into ours and we currently have four schools – Wildwood Middle, Lafayette Elementary, Eureka High, St. Albans Roe Catholic School and home schoolers,” Powers said. The troop is composed of Girl Scout Cadettes, 8th graders, Girl Scout Seniors, 9th graders, and Girl Scout Ambassadors, 10th graders.
A troop highlight will be when some of them journey to visit London, England and Lucerne, Switzerland - two of the Girl Scout World Centers - in 2015. The troop has participated in fundraising to support the trip.
“We’re going to Europe but we are still are doing Girl Scout activities, too,” said Jane Pack. “We know other troops that have done it. One of the teachers at Eureka High School took her troop there and I thought it would be a great way to excite the girls about staying in Girl Scouts and to have a big adventure to look forward to as they got older.”
The girls want to travel there as much as the adults.
“I look forward to going to the Girl Scout World Centers and taking part in the ceremonies,” Jaime
Pack said. “I want to see other countries since I have never been outside of the United States.”
“The best parts of a being a leader is seeing these girls grow up since kindergarten,” Jane Pack said. “Many of them have earned their Bronze and Silver Awards and now are looking to start on their Gold Awards. It is great seeing them become the next generation of leaders.”