MONTVILLE, NJ - On Thursday, March 16, the Montville Township Committee proclaimed the week of March 12-18 as Girl Scout Week in honor of the Girl Scouts’ 105th anniversary.
The Montville Township Girl Scouts led the Committee meeting by presenting the flag, leading the public in the Pledge of Allegiance, and reciting the Girl Scout pledge.
Montville Township Mayor James Sandham presented the Girl Scouts with a proclamation plaque stating that “nearly 60 million women who are former Girl Scouts are living proof of the impact of this amazing movement.”
A seventh grade Girl Scout Riya Jain addressed the Committee and said, “I like the Girl Scouts because I get to learn leadership, cooperation, and self-esteem. By being in Girl Scouts, I feel myself becoming a better person in every aspect because I am able to apply the skills I learn into everyday situations.”
Debbie Kozell, service unit manager for all the Montville Township Girl Scouts, addressed the Committee saying that she is also the leader of her three daughters’ Girl Scout troops; a seventh grade Cadette troop, a 10th grade Senior troop, and a 11th grade Ambassador troop.
Kozell stated that there are 47 Girl Scout troops in Montville Township. There is at least one troop in all seven schools starting from kindergarten through 12th grade, and there are nearly 400 registered girls and parents.
For the start of Girl Scout Week, the girls wore their vests/sashes to school. On Saturday, March 18, they began cookie booth sales in town. Some sale locations are at the Lakeland Bank, the Red Barn, and the Montville Diner.
At the 10:30 Mass at St. Pius X in Montville, the Girl Scouts participated in a Girl Scout Mass. Scouts were lectors, altar servers, and bringing the gifts to the altar.
Kozell said, “Girl Scouts is committed to building girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. Through Girl Scouting, girls learn cooperation and leadership skills that they will need to know to go out and help their communities.”
Kozell explained that each year Girl Scouts find ways to help their community. She said that they have picked up trash as part of Earth Day clean up, painted, and will continue to paint, fire hydrants, participated in the 4th of July parade, and have worked with local businesses and charities to help people in need.
“Girl Scouting encourages girls to try something new. They have STEM programs for all levels from Brownies all the way up to Cadettes. Our council has a LEGO robotics team and sponsorships from corporations for STEM programs to encourage girls to get involved in science, technology, engineering and math.”
“Scouts also learn fun things like fencing, baking, and maple sugaring,” said Kozell. She explained that the Scouts in Montville have learned basic first aid and have become CPR certified. They learned outdoor survival skills and braved a 40-foot-high ropes course.
Girls work in their troops to earn badges, but they also work together to create service projects where they can earn a bronze award, silver award, or individually, the highest award of all called the gold award.
A box of the new cookie of the year called the S’mores cookie was given to the Committee for supporting the Girl Scouts.