New scouting opportunities now available

WORTHINGTON -- A new Girl Scout troop is available for girls in sixth and seventh grades, and there's also a new Cub Scout pack for boys in first through fifth grades. Girl Scouts River Valleys Starting Saturday, there will be weekly Girl Scout C...


WORTHINGTON - A new Girl Scout troop is available for girls in sixth and seventh grades, and there’s also a new Cub Scout pack for boys in first through fifth grades.

Girl Scouts River Valleys

Starting Saturday, there will be weekly Girl Scout ConnectZ meetings from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the West Learning Center, 117 11th Ave. The group will meet weekly on Saturdays until the end of the school year.
“With Girl Scout ConnectZ we incorporate a special curriculum,” said Kelsey Zubke, Girl Scout community partnership specialist. “We focus on things like bullying, decision making and forming your own identity.”
Zubke, who has been a Girl Scout community partnership specialist in Worthington for two months, has already helped establish other Girl Scout troops in the community.
“We do activities like other Girl Scout troops, such as selling cookies, arts and crafts, camping and field trips, but the ConnectZ group targets girls traditionally underrepresented by Girl Scouts,” Zubke added.
There are currently four Girl Scout troops in the middle school and three in the high school. However, the ConnectZ meetings focus on developing skills and attitudes critical for growing girls.
“This creates a safe space for girls to come, make new friends and talk about issues they are going through,” Zubke said. “Middle school can be a tough time because of problems like bullying, so this gives girls a relief from these stressful issues.”
Girl Scouts River Valleys unveiled the new ConnectZ program in 2011 with the goal to create a program that reaches more girls in diverse and low-income communities and to serve middle and high school girls when their need for positive role models is vital.
ConnectZ groups also cover sessions on cultural heritage, leadership, healthy relations and financial literacy.
“So far we’ve had lots of support from the community and the schools,” Zubke said. “I’m happy to be here to be able to continue growing this program.”
For additional information about the troop, contact Kelsey Zubke at (507) 438-8018.

The Boy Scouts of America Sioux Council


The Boy Scouts of America Sioux Council is forming a new Cub Scout Pack in Worthington. On Dec. 17, a Join Scouting drive for boys was hosted at Prairie Elementary to inform youths and adults about the new Cub pack.
Cub master Steve Schemp reported on the pack’s progress since the drive.
“We recruited seven youths and five adult leaders at the Join Scouting drive.” Schemp said. “We’re still in the pack forming stage, and we’re working with a local church to become our sponsor. However, we cannot be an official pack until we charter an organization to sponsor us.”
There are two other packs in Worthington, but the district in Sioux Falls, S.D., is motivated to get scouting more active in Worthington.
“The district only covers parts of eastern South Dakota, northwest Iowa and southwestern Minnesota,” Schemp explained. “So when I contacted the district leader in Sioux Falls, he was very interested in getting more youths involved in Worthington.”
While the pack is newly formed, Schemp has many goals set for the group.
“I really want this to be an active pack,” he said. “There are a lot of big events that the boys can attend in the district, such as the Blue and Gold banquet, which celebrates the birthday of the Cub Scouts, and the Pinewood Derby, where kids make and race mini stock cars.
“I think it’s also important to teach the kids about how the community works,” Schemp continued. “I’d like to take them on tours of the police, fire and ambulance stations, and even city hall.”
Kids who are interested are encouraged to sign up by contacting Schemp at (240) 434-6504.

Daily Globe Reporter Erin Trester may be reached at 376-7322.

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