CARTERET—Girls, grades K-12, in Woodbridge and Carteret are invited to explore new interests, develop leadership skills, help their community, and form lifelong friendships by joining Girl Scouts. Adults, with or without daughters, can also enjoy these benefits by becoming Girl Scout volunteers.
The Crosstown/Tri-Town/Carteret Community of Girl Scouts will hold an informational meeting for parents and girls interested in joining Girl Scouts on Wednesday, Sept. 23, at 7 p.m. in the Carteret Masonic Temple (corner of Elm and Taylor avenues). The community’s service area covers Woodbridge Township, including Avenel, Fords, Hopelawn, Keasbey, Port Reading, and Sewaren, along with Carteret, Clara Barton and Menlo Park Terrace.
Kindergarten and first-grade girls can join Girl Scout Daisies. With creativity, enthusiasm and laughter, girls are introduced to the values in the Girl Scout Promise and Law and encouraged to question, explore, understand and become an active member of the world around them.
Crosstown/Tri-Town/Carteret Community of Girl Scouts is the home of more than 300 Girl Scouts from kindergarten through high school. To form new troops, especially at the Daisy level, the community needs adults to volunteer as leaders, co-leaders, and assistants.
“The traditional leader is the mother of a troop member, but we have had many others,” says Troop Organizer Michelle Chubenko. “Fathers, grandmothers, aunts, even people unrelated to troop members, such as retirees or recent college graduates who want to serve the community are welcome to play a vital part on the troop leadership team.”
Free training is provided for all adult volunteers, and ongoing support is available. “With more than 50 adult volunteers in the area, you’re never alone,” Chubenko continues. “The leadership team in this area is incredibly supportive,” she adds. “There are lots of people who are always available to answer questions, or just provide some encouragement. Whatever your concern, someone has dealt with it before.”
Volunteers are also needed to help with short-term projects at the community level, such as fun events, badge workshops and cookie sales. Girl Scouts are always looking for guest speakers, ranging from senior citizens who can share their life experiences, to executives who can share their business sense, to homemakers who can share their skills. Girl Scout badges include every interest area from aviation to zoology.
For more information about Girl Scouts in Woodbridge and Carteret, call Michelle Chubenko at 1-732-969-2652 or visit www.carteretgirlscouts.info. Crosstown/Tri-Town/Carteret is part of the new Girl Scouts of Central & Southern New Jersey Council, which covers nine counties across central and southern New Jersey. For information on Girl Scouts elsewhere in Middlesex County, call the East Brunswick Service Center, 1-732-321-9090 or visit them online at www.gscsnj.org.
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